California Bar - Related Fees

Students are urged to plan for the expense of taking the bar exam. Fees and costs will vary depending on the state in which you take the test. For students taking the California Bar Exam, you should plan on putting aside about $5,800, not including living expenses. Please note that fees escalate quickly if you miss the application deadlines.

DescriptionDeadlineRegular FeeLate Fee
Application for Registration with the California Bar
Note: Registration with the State Bar is not the same as registering for the California Bar Exam. Registration with the Bar is required prior to:
1) obtaining certification to practice as a law student (required for most UCI Law clinics); 2) submitting the application for moral character; 3) submitting the application to take the Bar Exam.
Register during the first year of law school. $119 None
MPRE Registration
Test Dates:
  • March 29 or 30, 2021
  • August 11 or 12, 2021
  • November 4 or 5, 2021

Regular Registration Deadline 

TBD

$135

Late Registration Deadline

TBD

Application for Moral Character Determination The application is good for three (3) years. Students should plan to complete it in the Fall of their third year. $551
Fingerprinting (required for Moral Character Application)
  • American Fingerprinting Livescan (commercial company invited to campus)
  • UCI Police Department (UCI PD front desk closed due to COVID-19)
90 days prior to submission of Moral Character application Varies If Moral Character application is submitted more than 90 days after the fingerprints were taken, students must pay to have the prints re-taken.
Application to take the Bar Exam (figures current as of February 2019)
Registration typically opens in November for the February bar exam, and in March for the July bar exam.  Some popular examination sites, such as San Diego, fill quickly. Applicants are encouraged to register early to ensure a spot in their preferred testing location.
Please see registration deadlines on the State Bar website. $667
  • Late fee $50 if filed between the first and last business days of April for the July bar exam, and between the first and last business days of November for the February bar exam.
  • Late fee $250 if filed between the last business day of April and the final filing deadline for the July bar exam, and the last business day of November and the final filing deadline for the February bar exam.
Laptop Fee Due at same time as application to take the Bar Exam $153 Late fee of $15 applies if filed after the regular filing deadline
Bar Review Course Varies by company Varies by company, e.g.:

Themis Bar Review is $2,195

Kaplan Bar Review is $2,299 - 3,999

BARBRI is $3,795

Varies by company, e.g. BARBRI late fee is $75

Additional Expenses (summer living expenses; travel, hotel food during Bar Exam)
Set aside funds to cover living expenses during the summer, and, depending on your circumstances, staying at a hotel during the Bar Exam. Rate information for hotels near test centers is available on the State Bar Web site. Please note the hotels have cut-off dates for reserving rooms at these special rates.
Varies Varies Higher room rates may apply at a certain date. Confirm with hotels the cut-off dates for special rates.