The MPRE, or Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, tests law students on their knowledge and understanding of the professional conduct that will be expected of them as lawyers. It takes about 2 hours to complete the exam, and it’s an important part of your journey to be a practicing lawyer.
A majority of states require that law students pass the MPRE before they register to take the bar exam. Some law students underestimate this exam. They may not give it enough time and attention because, in comparison to the bar exam, it doesn’t seem like a big deal.
However, without preparation and a strategic MPRE study schedule, you may not pass the exam on the first attempt. This can create a major roadblock if the state you wish to practice in requires you to pass the MPRE before taking the bar.
To avoid any conflict with the bar exam, it is best to plan ahead for the MPRE. Register for the exam early so you have time to study and more than one chance to pass. Planning ahead is key to creating a strong plan of attack for the MPRE and the bar.
So, how can you register for the MPRE so that you can get the process going?
- Find Out When You Have to Pass the MPRE
Depending on the state that you plan to practice in, you may be able to take the MPRE before or after the bar. Passing the MPRE before taking the bar gives you the peace of mind that it’s all taken care of. But, knowing which states allow you to take the MPRE after the bar is helpful too.
It’s not uncommon for exam takers to take the test two or three times before passing. If you want to practice in a state that requires you to pass the MPRE before the bar, you should plan to take the MPRE as early as possible to give yourself multiple chances to pass. The earlier you pass it, the more quickly you can shift your focus to the bar exam.
If you want to practice in a state that allows you to take the MPRE after completing the bar exam, this can help you stay on track. It’s still recommended that you try to take the MPRE early and pass it before the bar, but if you don’t pass and you’re getting too close to the bar exam, take a break. Focus on the bar. Come back to the MPRE after your schedule frees up again.
These acceptable ranges of time can range 3 or 4 years before passing the bar and as much as 5 years after passing the bar in some states. Other states have more strict requirements, requiring that the MPRE be passed sometime in the two years before the bar is taken. Research the requirements in your state so you know what your options are before you register for your test date.
- Register Online
After researching your state’s requirements, you can begin the registration process online. Take a look at the dates that are offered in the coming year and decide which work best for your state’s requirements and your schedule.
The first thing you need to do is create an NCBE account.
Once your account is created, you can request any accommodations that you may need for the test day. Accommodations can be provided for test-takers with ADHD, learning disabilities, psychological disabilities, visual disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or chronic health-related disabilities.
To receive accommodations, you need to fill out the application form, provide relevant medical paperwork from a professional, provide proof of previous accommodations, and/or provide previous standardized test scores. The required paperwork to apply for accommodations depends on your situation and the state in which you take the exam. Make sure to research the requirements for your state.
After accommodations have been applied for, log in to your NCBE account and follow the steps for MPRE registration and complete your authorization to test. Within 24 hours, you’ll receive an email from [email protected]. If you haven’t received your email by then, make sure to check your spam or junk folders. If you still haven’t found it, contact NCBE.
The confirmation email will instruct you on how to schedule an appointment to test and where to pay your test fee. Once scheduled and paid, you will receive appointment and payment confirmation emails within 48 hours. At this point, you’ll be using your Pearson VUE account, so if you don’t see these confirmation emails, contact Pearson VUE.
The scheduling fee is $135 and has to be paid with a debit or credit card. The scheduling and payment process must be completed before the registration deadline for the date of your MPRE. Additional fees are required to reschedule or cancel an appointment.
The sooner you schedule an appointment to test and pay the fee, the better chance you’ll have of being assigned to a testing center near you. Pearson VUE will assign you to a testing center. If you register too close to the registration cut off, you may not be assigned to the testing center you hoped for and you may have to travel for your test.
The MPRE is sometimes underestimated. Compared to the bar exam, it may seem like it’s of less importance or it’s not going to be difficult. However, without the proper planning and preparation, the MPRE can become a serious roadblock on your journey to becoming a practicing lawyer.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to plan ahead and take it seriously. Don’t let registration dates sneak up on you. Do your future self a favor. Find out how early you can take the MPRE, register as soon as possible, and spend time preparing. Set yourself up for success by creating a plan today.