How to Pass the MPRE Exam

Instructor: Fola Rae
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is an exam that tests knowledge and understanding of the rules of professional conduct for attorneys, and a passing score is required to be admitted to the bar in almost all states. Read on to learn more about how you can prepare and get tips to help you pass.

Acing the MPRE Exam

Don't take this test lightly. To ace this exam, you'll want to make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare. Give yourself a month or more for preparation time, and use the following suggestions:

Take the Professional Responsibility Course

A professional responsibility course examines the ethics rules for attorneys, and students study cases where attorneys were confronted with ethical issues. One way to prepare to pass the MPRE is to schedule the exam just after completing the professional responsibility course while in law school. This way, the information you learned in the course will be fresh in your mind. What you will learn in this course can give you a good understanding of the ethics rules, but don't stop there. You'll also want to incorporate additional resources to help you prepare and pass this exam.

Review the Subject Matter Areas

The exam includes questions from a number of subject areas, and the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) offers a subject matter outline for the MPRE on its website ( This outline provides the percentage of questions included on the exam that falls under a particular subject area. For example, 2-8% of the questions currently included on the exam are based on judicial conduct, and 6-12% of the questions are based on client confidentiality. Take the time to study each subject area and try to master the areas with a high percentage of corresponding questions on the exam.

Take Prep Courses

You can enroll in a commercial prep course for the MPRE, offered by companies like Barbri, Kaplan and Themis as well as others. Prep courses include practice tests and test questions with explanations to answers, which can help you to identify weak areas while you are preparing. offers courses that can help to supplement the knowledge you've gained from your professional responsibility course, and can be used as a refresher if it has been a while since you took that course. These study resources include:

These courses offer you a way to study at your own pace, and each includes practice tests and exams, so you can gauge your understanding of concepts taught in the courses.

Use Practice Questions and Exams

The amount of practice you do can help you to become familiar with the types of test questions included on the exam. You can also time yourself to determine how long it takes you to complete the questions, which can help you to pace yourself and prepare to complete all of the questions on exam day. The NCBE provides sample test questions and a sample online practice exam.

Become Comfortable With the Exam Format

The MPRE is made up of 60 multiple choice questions based on the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Model Code of Judicial Conduct, which include guidelines for the ethical conduct of attorneys as well as disciplinary rules for unethical conduct.

You will have two hours to complete all of the questions, and you can prepare by becoming familiar with the content and format of the fact patterns and answer choices. The NCBE offers a list of key words and phrases used in the questions on the exam to help you study.

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