Many students perceive the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) to be a breeze when compared with the almighty bar exam. And they’re correct: Relative to the most difficult exam of your life, the MPRE is insignificant—in scope of knowledge tested, duration, and overall trickiness. Without the dwarfing juxtaposition, however, the MPRE is an exam intended to discern whether or not you possess adequate knowledge of the standards regarding lawyers’ professional conduct. In other words, the MPRE aims to test your understanding of what it means to have lawyerly integrity—and that’s a big deal.
Plenty of students fail the MPRE because they skimped on study hours when preparing for it, and whether or not you pass the bar, if you fail the MPRE, you cannot practice law anywhere within the United States.
Notes & Exceptions:
- Maryland began administering the MPRE in March 2019.
- The MPRE is NOT required in Wisconsin or Puerto Rico.
- In Connecticut and New Jersey, successful completion of a professional responsibility law school course will suffice in lieu of a passing MPRE score.
What Is the MPRE?
The MPRE is administered three Saturdays per year, is two hours long, and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions.
2019 test dates and registration periods are as follows:
|Test Date||On-Time Registration ($125)||Late Registration ($220)|
|Saturday, March 23||January 24, 2019||January 31, 2019|
|Saturday, August 10||June 13, 2019||June 20, 2019|
|Saturday, November 9||September 9, 2019||September 26, 2019|
What Is Tested on the MPRE?
The MPRE is intended to test competence of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Model Code of Judicial Conduct. More specifically, you’ll be tested on the following:
- Client-Lawyer Relationship
- Client Confidentiality
- Communications About Legal Services
- Competence, Legal Malpractice & Other Civil Liability
- Conflicts of Interest
- Different Roles of the Lawyer
- Judicial Conduct
- Lawyers’ Duties to the Public & the Legal System
- Litigation & Other Forms of Advocacy
- Regulation of the Legal Profession
- Safekeeping Funds & Other Property
- Transactions & Communications With Persons Other Than Clients
An outline containing a complete breakdown of the MPRE can be found here: MPRE Subject Matter Outline.
As this is a multistate exam, you will not be tested on any state-specific rules. For example, local statutes, state-specific rules of court, or modern trends in case law will not be tested, although these topics may have been covered in your Professional Responsibility or Ethics courses.
How to Prepare for the MPRE
You should begin studying for the MPRE at least two weeks prior to the exam, but three to four weeks is ideal. As with bar exam study, it is advisable to first learn the rules, then begin practice testing with sample questions from old MPREs provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), to get a feel for what to expect.
If you’ve taken a Professional Responsibility course in law school, you should be familiar with the material tested on the MPRE. If not, you can find the tested information here: Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and here: Model Code of Judicial Conduct.
Sign Up for Pieper’s Free MPRE Course
The MPRE course offered by Pieper Bar Review is open to all students, whether they signed up for a paid course or not. Consider this an opportunity to experience Pieper’s tried-and-true teaching method, free of charge. Not only is it free to register for the course, Pieper will even provide all of your study materials, including:
- A Complete Outline of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
- A Complete Outline of the ABA Model Rules of Judicial Conduct
- Hundreds of Examples & Practice Questions
- Three Simulated MPRE Exams
- Comprehensive Analytical Answers
- A List of Mnemonics to Assist You With Remembering Important Details Tested on the Exam
Here’s How It Works
Three times each year, John Pieper lectures about the material and nuances of the MPRE. You can attend the live lecture at New York Law School in Manhattan, watch the lecture on video at a law center near you, or stream the it from wherever you’re standing via our iPass streaming video system.
Check out what former student-turned-lawyer Jeremy had to say about preparing for the MPRE with Pieper:
"Having overcome the biggest hurdle, and going through withdrawal from your lectures, I took your MPRE class, and am proud to tell you I just got my score back : 122.
"John, it feels as if you and your staff wrote the Bar Exam and the MPRE. There were no surprises on either test and thanks to your preparation and mnemonics all the essays wrote themselves.
For the first time in my life, I feel like a lawyer."