Free MPRE Exam Overview

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, or MPRE, is used to assess a candidate's readiness for admission to the bar as a licensed lawyer. The test measures a candidate's knowledge, understanding, and ability to act in accordance with professional standards of conduct.

The test is written by a six-person committee composed of experts in the field of professional responsibility. Test items must undergo a review process that can take several years before being included on the MPRE. Reviews are conducted by the committee, testing specialists, and both state

The test is composed of sixty multiple-choice questions which must be completed in two hours and five minutes. The test is given only three times each year. Each jurisdiction sets its own passing score. Currently, passing scores range from 75 to 86.

Lawyers are required to uphold the standards created by the American Bar Association (ABA). These standards can be found in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct (CJC). and national experts.

The test requires candidate's to have an understanding of the generally accepted standards of conduct that apply to their profession as well as the common law that governs the legal profession in the United States. It is important for the candidate to understand that the test is not intended to assess the individual's personal code of ethics, rather it tests a professionally recognized standard of ethical responsibility.

The MPRE contains questions in the following areas: regulation of the legal profession, client-lawyer relationships, privilege and confidentiality, independent professional judgment, competence, legal malpractice, civil liability, litigation and advocacy, roles of a lawyer, safekeeping of property and funds, communication about legal services, the legal system and judicial ethics.

Test questions cover judicial ethics from the most current CJC and the discipline of lawyers by state authorities according to the most current MRPC. Other test questions will require the candidate to understand and apply the rules and principles regulating the American legal profession. The correct answers to these questions will be a reflection of the views found in the majority of cases, regulations, or statutes relating to the issue in question. Questions containing references to procedural or evidentiary issues can be assumed to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Candidates may register online for the MPRE at http://www.act.org/mpre/services. Paper applications may be requested by writing to the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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Last Updated: 04/18/2017


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