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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 California 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 to see model questions, you can check out Strategies & Tactics for the MPRE : Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (KF306 .E46 2018, Law Library Reserves).

Practice Exams

The NCBE provides online access to instructions for the MPRE, a subject matter outline for the topics covered on the exam, and sample MPRE questions.  An online practice exam for the MPRE is available for purchase at the NCBE's online storeKaplan 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 at any time during 2L or 3L.  Registration information is available at  

Exam Date                Regular Deadline Regular Fee Fee if Late

March exam

August exam

November exam




$125.00 $220.00


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-style 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.