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California Bar Exam and MPRE: About the MPRE

This California Bar Exam guide provides an overview of steps law students can take to prepare for the California Bar Exam and the MPRE. Information regarding deadlines, topics covered on the California Bar Exam, and other helpful resources are provided.

Helpful Information

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) three times a year. To be admitted to the California State Bar, you must take and pass the MPRE in addition to taking and passing the State Bar Exam. The MPRE will test you on the law governing the conduct of lawyers, including the 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. To the extent that questions of professional responsibility arise in the context of procedural or evidentiary issues, such as the availability of litigation sanctions or the scope of the attorney-client evidentiary privilege, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence will be assumed to apply, unless otherwise stated.

To learn more about MPRE strategies and see model questions, you can check out Strategies & Tactics for the MPRE : Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (KF306 .E46 2014, Law Library Reserves).

Practice Exams

The NCBE provides online access to instructions for the MPRE, subject matter outlines for the topics covered on the exam, and practice MPRE questions. An online practice exam for the MPRE is available for purchase at the NCBE's online store. Kaplan PMBR also offers a free online review course for the MPRE, which includes an MPRE question bank (registration is required). 

 NOTE: You may take the MPRE any time during your second or third year; registration information is available at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mpre/registration/.  

Exam Date                Regular Deadline Regular Fee Fee if Late

MPRE Registration

March exam

August exam

November exam

 

February

June

September

$95.00

 

March exam: $190.00 if filed between February 5 and February 12

August exam: $190.00 if filed between June 25 and July 2

November exam: $190.00 if filed between September 17 and September 24

 

On the day of your MPRE exam, you should report to your test center by 8:30 a.m. and present your admission ticket along with government-issued photo ID and a passport-type photograph. The MPRE consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, and you will have 2 hours to complete the exam. Note that late arrivals will not be admitted to the test center, so take extra care to ensure that you arrive in advance of your reporting time.