Steps to MPRE Success

Do NOT underestimate the MPRE. Too many students have done so to their peril. MPRE success is a process. I will break it down for you into the following steps:

STEP 1: Register For The MPRE

The first question to ask yourself is when should you take the MPRE? After taking Legal Ethics class in law school. As far in advance of your bar exam as possible. Once you have completed your Legal Ethics course in law school, do not procrastinate on taking the MPRE. The MPRE is given three times each year, in March, August, and November.

Please be aware that registration for the MPRE is a separate process from registering for the bar exam in your state. You must register directly with the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) to take the MPRE. There is a separate application form with a separate application fee. See the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ website for details.

Another thing you must be aware of is that the score requirements to pass the MPRE vary depending upon what state bar exam you are taking. Therefore, there is no official passing score on the MPRE. Instead the score you will need to pass will be specific to your state. A score that works for one state may not be enough for another state. You will need to check the official score requirements for your state to know what constitutes a passing score for your MPRE.

STEP 2: Study For The MPRE

While taking Legal Ethics in law school should be considered a prerequisite for taking the MPRE exam, do not think that you are prepared for the MPRE just because you have taken Legal Ethics in law school. You still need to master the subject matter of the MPRE and do practice testing.

While there is quite a bit of overlap between what you learned in your law school course and what is tested on the MPRE, be aware that the topics covered on the MPRE may include topics you did not cover in your Legal Ethics course. In addition, you may have learned state-specific rules or other topics in law school that you are not expected to know for the MPRE.

The way that the MPRE tests the material may differ from the way it was presented to you in your law school course. For instance, some law school professors will teach the model rules from a rule book. For purposes of the MPRE, it is not really necessary to review the actual rules or to know the rule numbers. Instead what the NCBE expects you to be able to do is to read a fact pattern and understand how the rules would apply to the fact situation presented. You do not need to recite the rules or the rule numbers. Instead you need to use a process of elimination to select the correct answer choice. You do this not by reciting the rules, but by understanding how the rules apply to various fact situations.

Therefore, you will want to review this material from the perspective of someone who is teaching you specifically what is covered on the MPRE. I recommend that you register for Bar Exam University’s free MPRE video lecture at: This video lecture covers all of the topics that are fair game for the MPRE exam.

As you review the material, it is helpful to have a written outline in front of you to follow along. You can purchase our companion outline online at:

Do NOT waste time creating your own outline of the subject. Simply refer back to the printed outline we have provided.

STEP 3: Do Practice Testing

Practice testing is key to success. You can get over 200 actual MPRE questions with explanatory answers when you purchase Supreme Bar Review’s complete MPRE Review book from Amazon. Be sure to practice these questions under timed conditions and then take the time to review them completely. That means you do not simply look at the “correct” answer choice, but rather you will look at all four answer choices and take the time to understand why each one is considered “right” or “wrong” within the context of the question. That way, you will be better prepared to use a process of elimination to avoid incorrect answers and reason your way to the least wrong answer choice which will be your best option.

STEP 4: Take the MPRE

After completing the above steps you will be prepared to take the MPRE. If you have reviewed the materials and done the practice testing, then you should approach the test with confidence. However, even if you are less than confident in your abilities at this point, do NOT put off taking the exam. It is better to do your best and fail then to put off taking the exam, as many students tend to do much better than expected on the actual MPRE. If you do not achieve the score needed for your jurisdiction, you should apply to take the next MPRE test so that you can build on the knowledge you have gained already and not forget it all before the next testing opportunity.

I hope you succeed on the MPRE. If you follow the above suggestions, you should pass with points to spare. Good luck.