California MFT Law & Ethics Exam
Price: $295.00

The California MFT Law and Ethics exam is comprised of 40% Law and 60% Ethics. Within the Law portion, 14% is dedicated to Confidentiality, Privilege and Consent, 16% to Limits of Confidentiality / Mandated Reporting, and 10% to Legal Standards for Professional Practice. Within Ethics, 18% is dedicated to Professional Competence and Preventing Harm, 27% to Therapeutic Relationships, and 15% to Business Practices and Policies.

Passing this Law and Ethics exam on the first attempt is very important, as the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) will require you to wait 90 days after failing the exam before you can retest, and you will need to take a 12-hour Continuing Education Law and Ethics course in addition to having to pay a $100 processing fee. That is time and money wasted; TDC can help give you the tools and skills you need to get that passing score on the first try.

The Therapist Development Center supports California’s Marriage and Family Therapists in preparing for their CA MFT Law and Ethics exams, and is proud to say that 95% of our users PASS!

MFT Law and Ethics Exam Prep Study System

Includes INSTANT online access to:

  • An organized, step-by-step study plan
  • 15 on-line audio workshops with downloadable handouts
  • A complete review of essential MFT Law and Ethics Exam content areas
  • Effective study tools
  • Clinical examples that help you learn rather than memorize
  • Clear test-taking strategies you will use on exam day
  • 5 Full-length MFT Law & Ethics Practice Exams
  • Test anxiety management
  • Coaches available for ongoing questions and support

Our program not only addresses each of these content areas, but mimics how the BBS weighs the content to ensure you’re focusing on the right content for the right amount of time. TDC’s California MFT L&E Exam Prep is designed to maximize learning and minimize stress. It can be completed in approximately 35 hours and can be repeated as needed. Access is set for 4 months, but extensions are FREE. We are with you until you pass! Please note: this program is for SINGLE users only. Want to SAVE $50 on your California exam prep materials? Buy the CA COMBO!

Scroll down to read real, amazing testimonials from our users about how TDC worked for them to PASS their MFT Law and Ethics exams.


MFT Law and Ethics Exam Prep FAQs

What is the structure of the California Law and Ethics exam?

The California Law and Ethics exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. 50 questions are scored, and 25 questions are considered experimental and will not count toward your final score. The experimental questions can appear anywhere on the exam; the BBS does not indicate which questions will count and which are experimental.

How much time do I have to complete the exam?

Test takers are granted 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the exam. Accommodations for extra time can be requested through the BBS for test-takers with mental or physical health conditions that qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act or for English as a Second Language (ESL) test-takers. Here are the forms for each accommodation: ESL accommodations form and disability accommodations form. Additional accommodations can be requested based on individual needs (i.e. separate room, reader, paper exam).

What is the current passing score for the CA MFT Law and Ethics exam?

In 2018, the BBS discontinued publishing the passing score for all of their licensing exams. However, during the first two years the exam was administered the scores were published. Between 2016 and 2018, the passing score was typically in the range of 33-36 out of the 50 scored questions (upper 60s% to lower 70s%). The 25 experimental questions do not count in the final score.

When will I be eligible to take the California Law and Ethics Exam?

Once you receive your associate registration number you are eligible to apply for the exam. The good news is this application for the California MFT Law and Ethics exam is the easiest application you will find on the BBS’s website! All you need to do is complete the one-page application and submit it along with your check to the BBS. Here is the Law and Ethics Exam Application. You can expect the processing time for the application to take 4-6 weeks. If you are applying for accommodations, submit that application at least 90 days prior to your anticipated exam date.

How much time should I give myself to study with the Law and Ethics Exam prep program?

TDC’s California MFT Law and Ethics exam prep program includes approximately 37 hours of content, including 5 full-length mock exams. We are strong advocates of maintaining a healthy balance of studying alongside all of the other responsibilities and joys in your life. If you are able to devote 8-10 hours each week to your studying, you can complete the California MFT Law and Ethics exam prep program in 5 weeks. Some people prefer to move through the program more quickly, while others feel they need more time. Our program is adaptable to meet your needs.

What happens once I pass the California Law and Ethics Exam?

You only need to pass the California Law & Ethics Exam one time. Once you pass the exam, you have fulfilled this requirement and will not be required to take it again. The next exam you will be required to take is your California MFT Clinical Exam.

Can I take one Law and Ethics exam if I am working toward my LPCC and LMFT?

The answer to this question is no. The BBS requires you to take the Law and Ethics exam specific to your license. If you are working toward dual licensure, you will need to complete the California MFT Law and Ethics exam and the California LPCC Law and Ethics Exam. Many people have successfully passed both of these exams using our California MFT Law and Ethics exam prep program. If you fall into this category, please reach out to a TDC coach for additional guidance.

Do I need to take the 12-hour Law and Ethics course?

The only time you are required to take the 12-hour Law and Ethics course is if you have not successfully passed the MFT Law and Ethics Exam prior to renewing your associate registration. If you renew your registration and need to retake the MFT Law and Ethics Exam, you will need to complete the 12-hour course before becoming eligible to sit for reexamination.


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Course Reviews

I highly recommend this incredibly thorough and well laid out study program. I took both the LMFT and LPCC Law and Ethics exams and passed both the first time and it is all due to this program's assistance.
I felt incredibly prepared going in and wasn't disappointed coming out. Well worth the money!

Such an amazing program, I passed both my MFT and PCC law and ethics with this program!! I cannot recommend this program enough.

This program prep for the LMFT law and ethics exam was excellent! I so appreciated Amanda's detailed explanations throughout the program, and even re-listened to her pep talk in the car prior to walking into the exam. Robin and Asya were also extremely helpful and timely with answering any questions I had along the way! Overall I felt confident with a majority of my answers during the exam and now the content is cemented into my brain. This knowledge will increase my competency as an associate therapist. I will definitely utilize this program prep when I begin studying for my final licensing exams!

TDC helped me with feeling supported and confident during the exam. I used other materials to study, but TDC is by far the best. I spoke with Asya and having practice the skills TDC emphasizes here helped with passing the LMFT Law and Ethics exam. I highly encourage using this to study for exams.

TDC fully prepared me for the law and ethics exam! I appreciated the well thought out order of study topics, practice exams with rationale, and mock exams. I carried the handouts with me to get in quick study moments when I had the chance. I went into the exam nervous and wondering if I was prepared enough but I passed the first time. Throughout the exam I found myself thinking back to the audio explanations of the practice exam questions and talking myself through the answers. This study course goes above just teaching facts and legal/ethical points and really provides an understanding for the format, what the question is really asking and how to determine the best possible answer. I am so glad I went with TDC and I will refer to friends! Thank you!

TDC made me feel organized, prepared, and confident. This program broke down all of the topics very clearly and it was great to follow. When I took all of the practice exams and mocks, the rationales were so helpful! On exam day I followed all of the tips and I PASSED!!!!! TDC prepared me so well that the exam questions were very similar in structure and I felt like I had a strategy to how the questions need to be answered. I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!

Excellent program, covered every aspect and then some! Materials covered both PCC and MFT exams which I passed both on the first attempt. I would recommend this to everyone taking the Law & Ethics exams and plan to purchase the materials for the clinical examination next!

Thanks TDC! Really did a great job preparing me for this exam. Will see you again when it is time for the next exam!

The TDC study course was a great balance of teaching substantive law and ethics rules and concepts, while blending practice tests and audio rationales. I think the rationales were invaluable and helped me internalize the test strategies. The strategies were very helpful in cutting down the options and remind me to stick with the main topic of the question. The actual test did not feel as clear when I was taking it; I was not always certain, but went with my first instinct and moved on. I did not re-review many questions as I did not find any that had clear other alternatives, so stuck with my first answer. It felt great to see a "congratulations you passed" on my first try. Thank you.

This program is very comprehensive and will give you a great sense of how you will be tested. It also offers practical tips on how to memorize things that need to be memorized and strategies for figuring out what the best answer is. I can't recommend this more highly!

I passed my test on the first time thanks to Therapist Development Center. Thank you for making this process less difficult. The entire program went smoothly and easy enough to prepare for the exam. I only used this program and I am completely satisfied.

TDC helped me feel confident that I would pass. I waited for the very last minute to study, and only had 1 week to do so. TDC made it easy, and I didn't even feel like I was cramming. The material was accessible and easy to engage with.

This program was amazing. The questions on the L&E exam were incredibly similar to the questions in this program. Beyond just learning this material for the test, I feel that this program actually helped me understand and learn the laws and ethics of being an MFT. So, I not only passed the exam, but I feel like I'm a better clinician because of this program. Learning this material helps us protect not only ourselves, but more importantly, our clients and the public.

Yes, I struggle to follow guidelines for test prepartions requiring a long time frame of study before taking the exam and still managed to pass and feel confident as I answered the test questions.

Amazing program! I loved everything about TDC...from the set up to the material to the test taking strategies! It really is made to be as easy and painless as possible to study for the exam. My favorite part is that it requires no effort on your part to figure out what you need to study and when because your study schedule is completely done for you...all you have to do is go through the material and I'm sure you'll pass. Cant wait to use TDC to study for my MFT Clinical Exam!

I'm so glad I invested into TDC! It helped me review and prepare for my exam. Thank you!

I was shocked I passed! I marked 30 ish questions to go back to if I had time. However, not only did I run out of time so had no time to review the marked questions, but I also did not answer 7 questions due to time running out. I ended up still passing! Thank you TDC.

I felt very prepared for the Law and Ethics exam. I recommend TDC to all of my fellow associate MFTs.

I spent two months working through the study plan that TDC created for me. It was well organized, and helped me feel very prepared and confident going into the exam. The mock exams from TDC were very similar to how the BBS worded questions and I was able to get through the questions with the tools that I learned. I would recommend this to anyone taking the LMFT Law and Ethics Exam. I also appreciate the way the program is designed and how it encourages breaks, healthy snacks, and exercise as part of the regimen!

Really easy to follow and I felt well prepared.