I’m Waiting For MPRE Results. What Should I Do?
You’ve completed the MPRE, and you’re hopefully one step closer to being a licensed attorney! Waiting for MPRE results can be stressful, but keep these tips in mind to keep busy and worry-free while you wait!
I’m Waiting For MPRE Results. What Should I Do?
The MPRE is an important test, and you’ve probably put a lot of work into studying for it. There’s no sense in being miserable while you wait for MPRE results! Take some time to relax and enjoy yourself. Do something you love that isn’t related to school. Spend time with friends and family or just relax by yourself. Whatever it is you like to do in your free time, you’ve earned it!
Try going to a workout class with a friend, going to the movies, or going out to eat at a new restaurant. Students often take the MPRE at busy times throughout the year. Maybe you are finishing up a summer internship or are starting to prepare for final exams. Either way, an afternoon off won’t derail your goals. Law students are high achievers and sometimes make light of their own accomplishments. You might even feel like you need to wait for MPRE results before you celebrate. Taking the MPRE is an accomplishment even if you don’t pass the first time around. Make an active effort to acknowledge your achievement!
Don’t Keep Checking Your NCBE Account
You’re not going to know exactly how long you’ll have to wait for MPRE results. We do know, however, that you’ll probably receive your MPRE results after about a month. You can get a closer look at how long it takes to get MPRE results here. The moral of the story is: don’t check your NCBE account incessantly!
Fretting over your results won’t change your answers or make the results show up faster. We think the best strategy is channeling your energy toward whatever it is you’re busy with at the time while you wait for MPRE results. Maybe you’re busy with work, school, or preparing for the future. Focusing your energy on any of these things is much more worthwhile than worrying.
Prepare For School To Start
If you took the MPRE in August, you are probably anticipating the start of a new school year. Make sure you have all of your textbooks purchased and ready to go for first week readings! If they’re available, make sure you review your syllabi and put important dates in your calendar (e.g., mid-terms, days with no class, paper due dates, etc.).
We also recommend that you enter every year of law school with a detailed study schedule. If you’ve taken the MPRE, that probably means you already know a little bit about what it’s like to be a law student! Still, you should take the time while you’re waiting for MPRE results to map out what your days are going to look like. Maybe this year you have more responsibilities for a journal or hold an officer position in a student organization. Maybe you’re planning to work during the school year for the first time. Even if you think your days are simple and manageable, a daily schedule is incredibly important. A daily schedule is a great way to hold yourself accountable, so you can achieve your goals. Here’s an example of a daily law school schedule for you to work from.
After taking the MPRE in the summer, focus your time on preparing for school. You’ll keep yourself occupied, and before you know it, your MPRE results will be in!
Focus Back On School
Of the three MPRE test dates, two of them are during the school year. If this is the case for you, now is the time to direct all of your focus back to your school work and extra-curricular obligations.
No matter how organized you are, there are only so many hours in the day. This probably meant you had to allocate time you typically spend on school towards studying for the MPRE. Now that you have the extra time in your day again, make sure you are paying attention to how you spend it!
Does the extra time make you less efficient? Are you spending more time doing things that are unproductive? Are you staying up later and relaxing? It’s certainly fine to give yourself some time to relax, but make sure you make the most of your extra free time. It can be easy for work to expand to fit whatever time you have. In other words, sometimes a tight schedule is best! Now that you’ve completed the MPRE, focus your attention back on being the best student possible. If you’re focused on school, you won’t have time to worry about waiting for MPRE results!
Plan For Summer
If you’ve taken the MPRE in the spring, you’re probably anxiously awaiting the summer. Now that you’ve completed the MPRE, you should return your focus to school and upcoming events! If you already have a position lined up for the summer, start preparing yourself to be the best intern or summer associate possible. If you don’t have a summer job yet, dedicate some of the time you were previously spending on studying for the MPRE to seeking out a position. Getting excited about future job prospects will distract you from any anxiety you have about waiting for MPRE results.
Waiting for MPRE results to come in can be stressful. However, the worst-case scenario is that you’ll have to take the MPRE again. If that is the case, we have plenty of tips for how to move forward after failing the MPRE!
Overall, the life of a law student is busy no matter the time of year. You may have bouts of worrying about when you’ll receive your MPRE results or if you passed. Make sure you don’t let worry put a damper on enjoying your classes or work experience!