Committee of Bar Examiners

Application Information

This committee examines applicants through the structure and administration of the First-Year Law Students' Examination and the California Bar Examination. The committee:

  • screens applicants for moral character.
  • recommends all qualified applicants to the California Supreme Court for admission to the bar.
  • accredits law schools in California.
  • registers unaccredited law schools.
  • studies and reports on proposed changes in the law and other matters concerning the requirements for admission to practice law in California.

The committee is composed of 10 lawyers, including one young lawyer member admitted three years or less before the time of his or her appointment, and nine public members (who must not be members of the State Bar or admitted to practice before any court in the United States).

The Governor, the Senate Rules Committee, and the Speakerof the Assembly appoint the nine public members.

The State Bar's Board of Trustees appoints only the lawyer members to this committee, and the application information here is for the State Bar's lawyer appointments only. It is preferred the lawyer members be in active practice.

  • Approximate yearly commitment: 7 regular meetings (one-two days per meeting) plus an equal number of meetings for examination research, structure and grading, subcommittees, meeting preparation, moral character applicant interviews, and law school visitations.
  • 2013-14 Chair: Larry Sheingold, Sacramento
  • Staff contact: Gayle Murphy 415-538-2322

2014-15 Lawyer Vacancies:  two positions 

  • Application deadline: Feb. 3, 2014
  • Applicants must be members of the State Bar of California, cannot currently be employed as a law school administrator or professor, or associated with a bar review company, and should not have a relative taking a California Bar Examination or a First-Year Law Student's Examination during the term of office.
  • Terms begin Sept. 14, 2014 and expire at the conclusion of 2018 State Bar Annual Meeting (date to be announced)