The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is one of the required tests candidates must pass to be admitted to the bar. This two-hour examination is comprised of 60 multiple-choice questions, and serves as the ethics portion of the bar exam.
While it may sound easy, students are often surprised by its difficulty.
What to Do if You Failed
If you received a failing score, you're not alone. Many students end up having to retake the MPRE. If you still have a few semesters left at law school, don't feel stressed; this is actually the best-case scenario.
The exam is administered three times a year, so we recommend you retake it as soon as you can. This will leave you enough time to pass it before you begin studying intensely for the bar.
Remember: Requirements vary between jurisdictions, so check those where you're seeking admission to ensure you don't need to pass the MPRE before taking the bar exam.
Here is a general outline for the primary next steps to take:
- Take a look at your score sheet. How close were you to passing the MPRE in your jurisdiction? This will help you judge how much more studying you'll need to do.
- Identify the next time you can take the MPRE.
- Register for the MPRE.
- Start studying!
How to Prepare to Take the MPRE Again
Failing the MPRE isn't the worst thing that could happen, but it can feel like retaking it is draining your time and money, and diverting your focus away from your studies at law school.
Here are several useful tips on how to best prepare for the MPRE to help ensure you pass it your second time around:
1. Dedicate More Time To Study For The MPRE.
Students typically fail the MPRE because they don't spend enough time preparing for it. Even if you took an ethics class during law school, it simply isn't enough. To pass, you should begin studying for the MPRE at least a full month in advance, so you have enough time to absorb the necessary information and thoroughly comprehend all the material presented within the practice questions.
2. Take A Free MPRE Course.
Most bar review courses offer a free MPRE course, so take advantage of it! This will provide you with both the materials and practice questions you need to pass the exam.
3. Focus On Practice Questions.
Answer as many practice MPRE questions as you can! Try to gather these from various sources, so you'll have a larger bank to choose from. It's important to understand why you answered the original questions incorrectly, too, so you can improve and learn not to make the same mistakes twice.
4. Meet With A Private Tutor.
If you're having trouble understanding the material, consider meeting with a private tutor. This access will enable you to ask a bar exam expert any specific MPRE questions you may be having difficulty with. They can also provide invaluable tips to help you pass the exam.
Pieper Bar Review has the staff, the experience, and the know-how to properly prepare you for the MPRE and all the various sections of the bar exam. Remember: Pieper people pass! Contact Pieper today!