How to Study for the MPRE
The MPRE is the most commonly underestimated part of becoming a lawyer. Many students do not give it much thought before they take it. With this kind of approach, it is no wonder that students end of taking the exam multiple times before they pass. Before you take it, you need to know how to study for the MPRE. Here’s our best advice for how to approach it!
How to Study for the MPRE
1. Remember that you quality studying is just as important as the quantity of time you study.
It is important to recognize that often times when it comes to studying, the key is quality rather than mere quantity. For most students, it is a fine balance of both. For instance, some students have a really hard time focusing. So, that particular student needs to study more frequently in order to get enough quality studying in. While others have no issue focusing. So that student can more easily get in high quality studying in less time.
2. Learn the Rules before applying the Law.
Well, when it comes to the MPRE in order to be successful there also needs to be a balance between learning the rules and practicing problems. You should focus on first learning the Rules and then practicing problems. Many students just hop right into doing practice problems because they started studying three days before the exam.
Others only look at the Rules and never practice application. But, in order to have the best chances of being successful—you need both!
3. Practice released questions.
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (ncbex.org) has released questions available online at ncbex.org. We recommend you purchase this 60-question exam. It will prepare you for the kinds of questions you will see on the exam day.
You can also purchase the Strategies and Tactics book for additional released questions. Commercial course questions are not bad questions, but released questions are the best questions!
4. Start studying early – and take it seriously!
So many students do not take the MPRE seriously! They put off studying until the last minute then end up failing the exam and throwing away another few hundred dollars to re-register. Start early and spend a couple hours each day studying. By taking it seriously the first time you take it, you can make the first time the only time!
Good luck studying for the MPRE!
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