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 MPRE will be administered three times per year at established Pearson Vue test centers across the country. You must complete the NCBE portion of the registration process, schedule your test appointment with Pearson VUE, and pay the test fee by 11:59 p.m. central time on the registration deadline. Absolutely no new registrations will be accepted after the deadline.
For 2020, the MPRE will be offered:
Recommended Submission Date to Apply for Accommodations
March 12 or 13, 2020
December 16, 2019
February 12, 2020
August 11 or 12, 2020
May 14, 2020
June 25, 2020
October 23 or 28, 2020
July 30, 2020
September 14, 2020
The registration fee is $135.
Steps to register:
You must schedule the appointment and pay the fee by the registration deadline or you will not be able to take the MPRE during that test administration.
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.
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. You must apply for MPRE test accommodations prior to registering for the MPRE.
In New York, law students can take the MPRE either before or after the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), however, a passing the MPRE score is only valid for four years. 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. 11 (emphasis added):
An applicant may take the MPRE before or after taking the UBE but an MPRE score is valid for only four years from the date the applicant sat for the MPRE.
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.