Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a sixty question, two-hour, multiple-choice examination administered three times each year—in March, August and November. The MPRE, drafted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, is designed to measure the examinee’s knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct and does not determine an individual’s personal ethical values. A subject matter outline is available from the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MPRE is required for bar applicants in all but three states—Maryland, Washington, and Wisconsin.

In Arkansas, MPRE applicants may take the exam up to three years prior to passing the remainder of the Arkansas Bar Examinations (i.e., while in law school) or up to one year afterward. The minimum score for passing varies by jurisdiction—in Arkansas, the minimum passing score is 85. For the minimum passing score in other jurisdictions, see page 22 of the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. Applicants register for the MPRE online. The National Conference of Bar Examiners, which drafts the MPRE, publishes a free information booklet on the MPRE, and also makes previous MPRE questions available online for purchase. For more information regarding the MPRE, including fees and examination dates see the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.