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INFORMATION for the June 2022 First-Year Law Students' Examination

The instructions for the June 2022 First-Year Law Students' Exam are accessible here:

You must connect to the internet before typing the exam password. 

The password for the mock exams are posted on

On the day of the exam, the exams password will be listed on

On the day of the exam, once passwords are released and you are able to validate your ID, you should start your exam immediately. Please do not wait.

Review all Minimum System Requirements before registering.

Minimum System Requirements for 2.8.4

Mac Requirements for Examplify Version 2.8.x:

The following requirements apply for exams with ExamID or ExamMonitor enabled

  • Examplify version 2.8.4 or greater
  • Hard drive: 4GB or higher available space
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Webcam: Integrated camera or external USB camera supported by your operating system. Virtual cameras and Microsoft Lifecam Series cameras are not supported.
  • Microphone (no headphones, no virtual mics)
  • Internet: 2.5 Mbps upload speed
  • Please note: You may not use any virtual camera or audio software with ExamID or ExamMonitor.

Windows Requirements for Examplify Version 2.8.x:

  • Operating System: 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 and 11 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • If you are using a Microsoft Surface device, please read this article for important instructions on Windows 10 and 11 “S mode” versus the standard Windows 10 or 11.  S mode is not compatible with Examplify:
  • Only genuine versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported.
  • The versions of Windows 10 certified for use are 20H2, 21H1, 21H2, and Windows 11 21H2.
  • The English (United States) Language Pack must be installed.
  • ExamSoft does not support tablet devices other than Surface Pro as detailed above.
  • CPU Processor: Non-ARM based processor supported by your operating system
  • RAM: 4GB of usable RAM or higher
  • Hard drive: 4GB or higher of available space.
  • For on-site support, and in order to back up the answer files to a USB drive, a working USB port is required. (Newer devices may require an adaptor.)
  • For technical troubleshooting, account passwords including BitLocker keys, may be required.
  • Internet connection for download, registration, exam download, upload and some exam features.
  • Examplify cannot be run within virtualized environments or environments that require persistent network (local or otherwise) connections during secure exams. This includes, but is not limited to, VMWare, Parallels, Citrix workspace, virtual disks, streamed images, etc.
  • Screen resolution should be at least 1280 x 768. Scaling should be set to 100%
  • Administrator-level account permissions:
  • For instructions on how to check your computer’s specifications:
  • For instructions on how to update your device to be within these guidelines:
  • For instructions on how to check your version of Examplify:

The following requirements apply for exams with ExamID or ExamMonitor enabled:
  • Examplify version 2.8.4 or greater
  • Hard drive: 4GB or higher available space
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Webcam: Integrated camera or external USB camera supported by your operating system. Virtual cameras are not supported.
  • Microphone (no headphones, no virtual mics)
  • Internet: 2.5 Mbps upload speed
  • Please note: You may not use any virtual camera, audio software, or stereo mixing devices with ExamID or ExamMonitor.
  • Examplify 2.8.4 supports many different audio array devices. However, before you select your audio device, you must validate that your audio is working. To do this, please review this article on confirming your audio settings in Examplify:
  • Exam-takers that must utilize an external microphone can use a standalone microphone, or one that is built into an external camera; however, headphones with built-in microphones are not supported. Additional instructions on using an external microphone can be found here:

May 31 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

- First date admit tickets available

- ExamSoft mock exams open

June 17 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Deadline to complete two mandatory mock exams
June 21 Exam files open for download
June 24 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Deadline to download exam files

June 29 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Laptop upload date
June 30 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Testing accommodation upload date

Before starting any exam:

  • Ensure you are connected to internet and your laptop is plugged into the power and your battery is fully charged in case of power failure
  • Ensure there is no one else in the room
  • Disconnect external cameras and mics - use built-in resources only
  • Remove all textbooks, notes, or other materials from your workspace
  • Turn off your cell phone, music, TV
  • Remove headphones/earbuds
  • Use the bathroom before your test as you will not be able to get up during the exam


To avoid being flagged, be sure to follow these best practices:

  • Ensure that you have privacy for the entire exam - do not interact with other people or receive any outside assistance
  • Remain focused on the exam, without looking at your phone, textbooks, or notes
  • Do not read exam questions out loud 
  • Do not use your mobile phone at any time
  • Do not get up from your computer for any reason until your exam is complete


Exam Day Schedule (all times PST)

First-Year Law Students' Examination 


Password release

Latest start time

Essay 1 (60 mins)

7:40 AM

8:00 AM

Essay 2 (60 mins)

9:05 AM

9:25 AM

Essay 3 (60 mins)

10:30 AM

10:50 AM

Essay 4 (60 mins)

11:55 AM

12:15 PM

MCQ Part 1 (90 mins)

2:05 PM

2:25 PM

MCQ Part 2 (90 mins)

4:00 PM

4:20 PM

As soon as the password is released, you may begin a session. You will be asked to verify your ID with a photo before you enter the exam session.

You will not be allowed any physical scratch paper during the exam. You can use the "notes" in the Tool Kit as your virtual scratch paper.

Check your audio: A new feature in ExamSoft enables you to verify that your audio is being captured. Please check this during your mock exam and again on exam day:

  1. When you have logged into the exam, on the screen where you are prompted to take your picture, in the top right corner, click the Settings (Gear) icon, then Device Preferences.
  2. Confirm that camera and microphone are selected and that you see your image.
  3. Start speaking to verify that the sound bars next to the microphone display indicate that your microphone is receiving audio signal. For more details, click here: and navigate to section: Camera and Microphone Selection
Information on uploading your responses, taking your Mock Exam, ExamSoft and the Examplify application can be found here:

Examplify Minimum System Requirements can be found here:

Before you register, please make sure your laptop meets the Minimum System Requirements listed here:

Note 1:  You can complete the laptop registration process only ONCE.  Please make sure that the laptop you are using to complete this process is the one you will be using for the examination.

You will be required to put in an Institution ID when registering Examplify. After you download the latest version of Examplify, run the installer and enter the Institution ID followed by your File Number and password. The Institution ID for the First-Year Law Students' Examination is "firstyearonline".

Note 2: Applicants for the upcoming First-Year Law Students' Examination may initiate and complete the registration process with ExamSoft once they receive an email with their admittance ticket after the State Bar’s Office of Admissions has determined eligibility for the examination.  You will not receive a ticket in the mail.

Note 3: Even if you have downloaded Examplify for a previous Bar Examination, you must log in, download and register Examplify again.  Under the “Exam Takers” section, log in with your Applicant ID and Password. Please use your 6 digit File number as your Applicant ID and the password sent to you via email. 

Note 4: Installing Examplify and successfully registering your computer, taking and uploading BOTH Mandatory Mock Exams by the deadline means that you are ELIGIBLE to use your laptop for the First-Year Law Students' Examination under the guidelines set forth by the State Bar’s Office of Admissions. Applicants planning to use their laptop for the examination must have their laptop registered. 

Exam Day Instructions


Essay Question Instructions

Your answer should demonstrate your ability to analyze the facts in the question, to tell the difference between material facts and immaterial facts, and to discern the points of law and fact upon which the case turns. Your answer should show that you know and understand the pertinent principles and theories of law, their qualifications and limitations, and their relationships to each other.

Your answer should evidence your ability to apply the law to the given facts and to reason in a logical, lawyer-like manner from the premises you adopt to a sound conclusion. Do not merely show that you remember legal principles. Instead, try to demonstrate your proficiency in using and applying them. 

If your answer contains only a statement of your conclusions, you will receive little or no credit. State fully the reasons that support your conclusions and discuss all points thoroughly.

Your answer should be complete, but you should not volunteer information or discuss legal doctrines that are not pertinent to the solution of the problem. 

You should answer according to legal theories and principles of general application.

Multiple Choice Question Instructions

The Multiple Choice portion of the First Year Law Students’ Examination consists of  100  multiple-choice questions, split into two separate 50-question sessions.     

Each of the questions or incomplete statements is followed by four suggested answers or completions.  You are to choose the best one of the four stated alternatives.  The facts of some of the questions on this examination may appear to you to be similar or identical to the facts of other questions on the examination.  Do not make any assumption about any apparent factual similarities between separate questions.  Read all the facts of EACH question carefully as if you had never seen them before.

The following instructions apply to the respective subject areas:

1. Answer all questions according to legal theories and principles of general application, unless the instructions that follow or the instructions on a specific question ask for a different rule.

2. For contract questions, assume that the following provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code are in effect.

        a. All of Article 1

        b. All of Article 2

3. For criminal law questions, unless the question specifically asks for a different rule, answer according to principles of general application in the United States.

4. For tort questions, unless the question specifically states otherwise, assume the jurisdiction has not adopted comparative negligence, no-fault, or any guest statute.

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly. It is therefore to your advantage to try to answer as many questions as you can.  Use your time effectively.  Do not hurry but work steadily and as quickly as you can without sacrificing your accuracy.   

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