Some students who hear how “easy” the MPRE exam is wonder if they really need to study for the MPRE. Or they have already made up their minds that they are not going to study for the MPRE for more than a day or two. And, some of them will amazingly pass! (Note: you are far more likely to pass if you take this approach after taking your Professional Responsibility or Ethics course in law school!) But, passing is not guaranteed and a lot of people who don’t study (or barely study) are not successful when they attempt the MPRE!
If you do not mind failing the MPRE, you can “try it out” once without studying for it if you really don’t want to spend time on the material. There are no devastating repercussions to failing the MPRE if you take it early enough where it won’t affect your ability to take the bar exam. (Some states mandate a passing MPRE score before you take the bar exam and others only allow you to take the bar exam once or a certain number of times without a passing MPRE score.) Nobody will know that you failed the MPRE as it is not publicly reported anywhere.
However, there are some other nuanced consequences of failing the MPRE.
Here are some disadvantages of failing the MPRE:
- You may lose your confidence and feel more anxious about the bar exam. (On the other hand, if you are over-confident, this may be a good thing walking into your bar exam prep period!)
- It costs money to take the MPRE. There are filing fees to be paid each time you take it. Nobody enjoys spending hundreds of dollars taking a test over and over again.
- It takes time to take the MPRE. There are probably numerous ways you’d rather spend your Saturday morning than sitting for the MPRE exam!
- It may affect your ability to take the bar exam (as mentioned above) if you do not pass the MPRE in time for you to take the bar exam.
Since money, time, and confidence are all important, we recommend you study for the MPRE and you can see how long we recommend studying for it here! But if you decide you are not going to, at least understand the potential repercussions of failing!
(PS if you are looking for a five-star MPRE course, check out our free MPRE course! It comes with a free outline, free practice questions, and free instruction! You can enroll here!)
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