Bar Exam Resources

General Application Information

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination is REQUIRED for admission to the bar in all jurisdictions except Maryland, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.

Registration for the 2018 test dates opens on December 18, 2017. The exam will be administered three times during 2018:

Saturday, MARCH 24, 2018     Register by February 1, 2018     Late registration (additional fee) due FEBRUARY 8, 2018   
Saturday, AUGUST 11, 2018     Register by JUNE 21, 2018 Late registration (additional fee) due JUNE 28, 2018
Saturday, NOV. 10, 2018     Register by SEPT. 20, 2018     Late registration (additional fee) due SEPTEMBER 27, 2018  

 

More information on fees and deadlines may be found here.

Content and Scoring of the Exam

The MPRE consists of 60 multiple-choice questions administered during a two hour period. 

According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, 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 Model Code of Judicial Conduct, and controlling constitutional decisions and generally accepted principles established in leading federal and state cases and in procedural and evidentiary rules. . . .

"Test questions covering judicial ethics apply the current ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Other questions will deal with discipline of lawyers by state disciplinary authorities; in these questions, the correct answer will be governed by the current ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The remaining questions, outside the disciplinary context, are designed to measure an understanding of the generally accepted rules, principles, and common law regulating the legal profession in the United States; in these questions, the correct answer will be governed by the view reflected in a majority of cases, statutes, or regulations on the subject. . . .

"Each of the questions on the MPRE provides a factual situation along with a specific question and four possible answers. The examinee should choose the best answer from the four stated options. . . . Since scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly, the examinee is advised to answer every question."

 

Consult your state board of bar examiners' website for guidance on what constitutes a passing score in your jurisdiction.

Sample test questions are available here. Free practice exams are available online after you register for the exam.

MPRE Resources in the Bar Success Collection

The Law Library's Bar Success Collection, located in the rear of the third floor reading room (near Law Media), contains a number of practice tests, outline books, and other resources to help you prepare for the MPRE.