When you commit to the CBTR Process you help ensure that your test taking skills - including a confident, positive attitude - meet the bar preparation and performance standards necessary to pass the bar on your next attempt. We will work together to meet that challenge. 

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It is not enough to decide to take the bar. You must decide to PASS it.

Commit to the CBTR Process to ensure that your test taking skills - including a confident, positive attitude - meet the bar preparation and performance standards necessary to pass the bar on your next attempt. We will work together to meet that challenge.

The CBTR Process:

Fundamental to a well-conceived strategy to pass the Bar is your initial preliminary work in realistically assessing your available net study time. This is your actual net study hours per week through the end of your bar preparation.

An efficiently effective plan or strategy to pass the Bar is fundamentally a function of the division of your available net study time for the essay, PT, and MBE.

(1) A balanced approach.
(2) Focused emphasis on problematical sections - essay, PT, MBE.

This is the key factor in the CBTR program. Be absolutely certain to follow each step of this process to ensure the balanced development of each of your skills for the essay, PT and MBE.

Therefore, apply:

(1) 5/4-step process for each of the 14 Bar subjects.
(2) integrate time-proven techniques as to each of the 5/4- step process to specifically improve the essay, PT, and MBE.

Progressively develop the "intangible" attitude factors that Will contribute to your chances to PASS THE BAR on your next attempt: hard work, discipline, adaptability, the decision & commitment to pass!


The 5/4 - Steps Process

I . Substantive Review/ICO's
For: Essay, MBE Where: Your outline, CBTR

2. MBE For: MBE, Essay
Where: Other CBTR

3. Issue - Spot For: Essay, PT
Where: CBTR, Other

4. Short Answer Essay
For: Essay, PT
Where: CBTR

5. Long Answer Essay For: Essay, PT
Where: CBTR, Other

Essay, PT, MBE
Where: CBTR


Paul Pfau is a retired Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and the owner of Cal Bar Tutorial Review, which has been customizing bar review programs for 40 years. For more information about Cal Bar Tutorial Review, call (800) 348-2401 or (800) 783-6168. Web site:



Remote or distance learning is available for those students requesting it. This includes all materials, unlimited one-to-one, and even scheduled meetings.

Whether attending the live lecture or not, each student’s individual study schedule may be designed to fit the circumstances of the candidate. This is all-important in assuring the day-to-day structure necessary to succeed.

And, as a function of remote or distance learning, students may choose a comprehensive strategy that exclusively covers all three sections of the bar – or – one that is supplemental if the candidate is also working with other resources or programs.


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CA Bar Exam Facts

Statewide Test Results

First Time Takers
about 57.2% Fail 

Repeat Takers
about 77.1% Fail

All Takers
about 70.9% Fail

about 80.7% Fail

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Avoid a nightmare of bar exam failures. Call 1-800-783-6168 today!

CA Bar Exam Schedule

First Year Law Students

  • June 25, 2019
    Register by 5/15/2019

California Bar Exam

  • Feb 26, 27, 2019
    Register by 1/15/2019

Course Discounts

Note : This is our
40th Anniversary Year 
Also, there are accompanying discount opportunities because of this.

 Cal Bar’s “Pay It Forward” discount policy enables you to discount the cost of your individualized program if you have charitable experience in your background.

If you have no charitable experience, you may still qualify for a $1,000 discount from your totally personalized program – which includes old-fashioned one-on-one, materials, classes. Just ask.

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As always, Cal Bar's policy is to "pay it forward". Learn How

More Success For Ali

Cal Bar is pleased to announce that Ali Hinsche continued her remarkable run of success in having just passed the Florida bar exam.

This was her 4th (count 'em: 1, 2, 3, 4) successful bar - on her 1st attempt-following California, New York and Illinois.

While Ali worked with Cal Bar for each state, she also owes her success to persistence, hard work, and in learning how to adapt and apply the Cal Bar test-taking systems to the requirements of each bar exam.

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