- The MPRE tests your knowledge of the ethics rules regarding the practice of law. It is required for admission to the bars of all but three US jurisdictions, and applicants must obtain a passing MPRE score before they can be admitted.
Although the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) might seem like a walk in the park compared to the bar exam, you don't want a failed MPRE standing between you and a law license.
For those of you cramming for the MPRE, here are 8 last-second tips for passing the MPRE:
Fortunately, your American Bar Association (ABA) student membership gets you more comprehensive help on the MPRE. All ABA student members have free access to Quimbee's MPRE prep course. Quimbee MPRE Review is an intensive, 7-day MPRE prep course that will prepare you to pass the MPRE. The course features 2 full-length diagnostics and practice questions designed to mimic questions you'll encounter on the real test. You'll also have access to 590+ ethics flashcards keyed to MPRE subjects, as outlined by the NCBE. Plus, you'll fire up your MPRE prep with Quimbee's 30 legal ethics videos, complete with multiple-choice quizzes and answer explanations. Quimbee MPRE Review is the most complete MPRE review on the market.
The MPRE is often the forgotten little sibling of the bar exam. Although most states administer the MPRE independently of the bar exam, the MPRE is required for admission to the bars of all but three US jurisdictions (Wisconsin, Maryland, and Puerto Rico). Plus, the Connecticut and New Jersey bars accept the completion of a law-school course on professional responsibility in lieu of the MPRE.
In jurisdictions that require the MPRE, applicants must obtain a passing MPRE score before they can be admitted to the bar. In some states, such as Massachusetts, applicants must pass the MPRE before they can even sit for the bar exam.
The MPRE tests your knowledge of the ethics rules regarding the practice of law. According to the NCBE, the purpose of the MPRE is to "measure examinees' knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers." The MPRE's questions are largely based on the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, but they also cover relevant court decisions as well as procedural and evidentiary rules.
The MPRE consists of 60 multiple-choice questions: 50 scored questions and 10 unscored questions. Each question on the MPRE is followed by four possible answers. You'll have two hours to complete the exam.
The MPRE is scored on a scale that ranges from 50 to 100. Each jurisdiction sets its own minimum passing score. Passing scores range from 75 to 86, with most jurisdictions setting their minimum at either 80 or 85.
The MPRE is offered three times per year, typically in March, August, and November. Be sure to register early—the regular registration fee is $95, while the late fee is $190. You can find all of the relevant dates on the NCBE's website.
The exam is developed by NCBE and administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You might be surprised to see LSAC back in your life—you probably thought you were done with them when you started law school. Hopefully, you're still on speaking terms with LSAC, though, because you'll have to register for the MPRE through its website.
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