All About the MPRE


If you follow me on Instagram (which you should be if you don't already - @thelawlifestyleblog 😉), you've seen that I began studying for the MPRE this week. It's coming up fast for myself and everyone else taking it in August, even though it's something I didn't know existed until coming to law school. I'll be updating you all with another blog after I take the MPRE to let you know how my study schedule worked out for me and what I thought about the exam. 

What is the MPRE? 

The MPRE is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, a two-hour exam with 60 multiple-choice questions meant to test your knowledge of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility and other standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers. 50 of the questions are scored, and the remaining 10 questions are unscored pretest questions. 

Most jurisdictions require passing the MPRE to be admitted to the bar. Wisconsin and Puerto Rico do not require passing the MPRE to be admitted to the bar, and New Jersey and Connecticut will accept passing a law school course on professional responsibility in lieu of passing the MPRE. Passable scores vary from state to state, so make sure to check what you need to get where you're planning on practicing after law school! 

I wanted to note, too, that registering for the MPRE costs $200 and it takes some time to register, so don't wait last minute to do so! To register for the MPRE, you'll have to create an account with the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and, once you've logged on, you'll fill out your information and request authorization to take the MPRE. This can take up to 24 hours. You'll eventually get an email from Pearson VUE stating that you're authorized to test, so now you can finally pick when you'll take the MPRE and pay the testing fee. 

Studying for the MPRE

Most schools offer a course on professional responsibility and legal ethics, although I'm not sure how many schools require it to graduate. My law school does, so I took it this past semester before taking the MPRE. I think it makes sense to take the law school course first, as it's nice to have a base so I'm not starting from scratch prepping for the MPRE. 

I have signed up with Barbri for bar prep (perks of having a Barbri rep for a roommate), so I planned on using Barbri to study for the MPRE, too. I know some people decided to spend the weekend before the MPRE cramming for the test, but I thought it would be better to take a few weeks before to slowly work on studying. I split up the modules and practice exams so I wouldn't be working on too much every day. I don't want to burn myself out by doing too much in this short amount of time, so I'm hoping this will work out for me! 




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