The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a two-hour, multiple-choice examination conducted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) that measures a future lawyer’s knowledge of established standards for the professional conduct of lawyers.
The MPRE is based on the law governing the conduct of lawyers, including the disciplinary rules of professional conduct currently articulated in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Code of Judicial Conduct, as well as controlling constitutional decisions and generally accepted principles established in leading federal and state cases and in procedural and evidentiary rules.
The examination will be administered three times per year at established test centers across the country. For 2019, the MPRE will be offered:
Registration fee is $125; late registration fee is $220. For more information, and to register to take the MPRE, please visit NCBE’s website.
Many students opt to take the MPRE in November or March of their third year of law school. They may also opt to take an Ethics course in the same semester in which they are taking the MPRE. Law students should plan to devote approximately 25 hours to preparing for the MPRE.
Accommodations. If a law student needs to request a testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please carefully review MPRE Test Accommodations for the relevant requirements and procedures.
New York State Jurisdiction. In New York, law students can take the MPRE either before or after the bar exam, however, they must pass the MPRE within three years before or after passing the New York bar exam. New York requires a score of 85 on the MPRE. Scores are scaled and range from 50 to 150, with an average of approximately 100. A raw score of approximately 32 correct out of 50 converts to a scaled score of 85.
From the New York State Bar Examiner's Bar Exam Handbook, p. 7 (emphasis added):
The MPRE can be taken before or after the bar examination, however, the applicant must pass the MPRE within three years either before or after passing the New York bar examination, as measured from the date the applicant sat for each examination. Thus, if it has been more than three years since an applicant took and passed the MPRE, the applicant will be required to re-sit and pass the MPRE before the applicant may be certified to the Appellate Division as having passed the bar examination.
Other Jurisdictions. Since the requirements for accepting an MPRE score vary from one jurisdiction to another, check with the board(s) of bar examiners in each jurisdiction to which you intend to apply before completing the MPRE application. Examination results will be forwarded to one jurisdiction of your choice and will be kept on file at the office of the National Conference of Bar Examiners in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information about reports to additional jurisdictions, visit the General MPRE website.