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Basics of the MPRE
All students must earn a score of 86 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).
The MPRE is a 2 hour, 60 question multiple choice exam on attorney ethics, written and administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), a not-for-profit corporation that develops standardized tests for state bars.
When to Take the MPRE
- Generally, students should take the MPRE in their 2L or 3L year, after taking Ethical Lawyering.
- The MPRE is offered three Saturdays a year, in March, August, and November.
- Students must register about two months in advance, usually in January, June, or September.
- All registration deadlines close at 11:59 PM EST (8:59 PM in California.)
Cost of the MPRE
As of September 2020, MPRE registration costs $135. Additional fees apply to reschedule or cancel.
More Things to Know About the MPRE
- Religious Accommodations: Saturday Sabbath observers may submit letters from their religious leaders asking to take the MPRE on a Monday.
- Passport Photos: Each student must bring a recent passport-type photo of themselves to the test.
- Accessing Scores: The NCBE automatically forwards scores to the jurisdiction selected on the registration form and posts the scores to students' accounts. Scores posted to students' accounts will only be available until the next MPRE is administered. After that, students must pay $25 for score release.