Why You Can Take The MPRE Anytime
The bar exam isn’t the only test you have to pass in order to practice law. The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is one more you’ll also need to check off the list in the majority of jurisdictions. The National Conference of Bar Examiners administers the MPRE three times a year. Many students decide to take the MPRE in August between their 2L and 3L years. That being said, you have some flexibility surrounding when you take the MPRE! Here are the reasons why you can take the MPRE anytime you like throughout law school!
Why You Can Take The MPRE Anytime
How Will I Understand The Material?
You may be unwilling to attempt the MPRE before you finish your law school course on professional responsibility. After all, how will you know what’s on the test if you haven’t taken a class on it? While many students certainly feel more comfortable taking the MPRE after taking a class on professional responsibility (and also what we recommend!), you can also learn/familiarize yourself with the material through an MPRE prep course (we offer ours for free!). While studying for the MPRE certainly is not as cumbersome as studying for the bar exam, be sure to set aside time to study and otherwise prepare for the test.
Even if you have already taken professional responsibility, you will still need to study for the MPRE so that everything is fresh in your mind and so you get used to the format of the exam. That’s why it really doesn’t make a major difference whether you take the MPRE early or wait until after Professional Responsibility. See these tips on how to study for the MPRE!
What If I Fail The First Time?
If you fail the MPRE the first time, you can take it again. Chances are, when you retake the MPRE, you’ll be much more familiar with the material and know where to focus. If you’re nervous about failing the MPRE, take the MPRE sooner rather than later! This will give you more opportunities to retake the exam if you don’t pass the first time. You even take the MPRE after you pass the bar exam (but know that this will hold up your ability to get your law license). If you find yourself struggling with the material or are not sure where to start, don’t hesitate to reach out for help!
Are There Advantages to Taking the MPRE In Law School?
Definitely! If you take the MPRE during your 2L or 3L year, you may have a lighter workload and more time and energy to study for the MPRE. Many students take the MPRE during their 2L or 3L year, which allows students to participate in study groups and review with classmates. Additionally, this allows students to finish up the MPRE before starting their studies for the bar exam.
Don’t think that just because you passed the MPRE that you’re finished with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct! Depending on which bar exam you decide to take, professional responsibilities (based on a state’s rules) might be included as an essay question. Additionally, you’ll have to abide by the professional rules of conduct in whatever jurisdiction where you practice law.
Ultimately, there’s no “right time” to take the MPRE. Figure out what works best for you, and schedule accordingly!
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