The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) isn’t the bar exam, in scope or difficulty. But it is a necessary step on your way to becoming a lawyer: The MPRE is required for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction except Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.
Whereas the bar tests your knowledge of law, the MPRE covers ethical responsibilities of lawyers. It’s a big deal.
Here’s everything you need to know about the MPRE.
The time range in which you must pass the MPRE relative to passing the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) varies by jurisdiction.
In New York, you can take the MPRE before or after sitting for the bar exam. However, you must pass the MPRE within three years before or after passing the New York bar exam, as measured from the date you sat for each test.
The MPRE is offered in March, August, and November every year.
Most students choose to take the exam in August between their second and third year of law school for a few reasons:
By this time, most students will have completed their Professional Responsibility course, which covers material on the MPRE.
If they don’t pass the August exam, students can take the test again in November before ramping up bar preparation.
Students typically take the MPRE before the bar, and Pieper is set up in the same way. Pieper’s Free MPRE Course gives attendees a glimpse at the Pieper method before they hunker down for their bar review.
How should I prepare for the MPRE?
Notes from your Professional Responsibility course—or similarly titled course—will be an important resource. Plan to sit for the MPRE in the semester you take the course or the summer after it.
A wife retained an attorney to advise her in negotiating a separation agreement with her husband. Even though he knew that his wife was represented by the attorney, the husband, who was not a lawyer, refused to obtain counsel and insisted on acting on his own behalf throughout the protracted negotiations. The attorney never met or directly communicated in any way with the husband during the entire course of the negotiations. After several months, the wife advised the attorney that the parties had reached an agreement and presented the attorney with the terms. The attorney then prepared a proposed agreement that contained all of the agreed-upon terms. The attorney mailed the proposed agreement to the husband, with a cover letter stating the following:
“As you know, I have been retained by your wife to represent her in this matter. I enclose two copies of the separation agreement negotiated by you and your wife. Please read it and, if it meets with your approval, sign both copies before a notary and return them to me. I will then have your wife sign them and furnish you with a fully executed copy.”
Is the attorney subject to discipline?
A) Yes, because the attorney did not suggest that the husband seek the advice of independent counsel before signing the agreement.
B) Yes, because the attorney directly communicated with an unrepresented person.
C) No, because the attorney acted only as a scrivener.
D) No, because the attorney’s letter did not imply that the attorney was disinterested. (Correct)
Access to John Pieper’s step-by-step lecture on passing the MPRE
A complete outline of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
A complete outline of the ABA Model Rules of Judicial Conduct
Hundreds of examples & MPRE practice questions
Three simulated MPRE exams
Comprehensive analytical answers
A list of mnemonics to assist you with remembering important details tested on the exam
Getting access to these resources for free is a great deal. Adding the flexibility of study is even better. You can complete course material at your own pace, although we recommend you begin studying for the MPRE at least three to four weeks before the exam.
If you feel the course helped you pass the MPRE, consider signing up for a Pieper Bar Review course when it comes time to prepare for the real deal.
As a first time bar exam taker, if you don't pass the Uniform Bar Exam after completing Pieper's Full Bar Review Course, you can re-take our next course for free!
Pieper Bar Review teaches students the legal concepts and exam skills necessary for success on the bar exam, and reinforces students’ knowledge through thought-provoking examples and bar exam questions. Pieper’s courses do more than teach the material to students. They enable students to master concepts as they are tested so that students can excel within the time constraints of the exam. The proof that the Pieper teaching method works is found in the success of our former students—now present-day attorneys—and we encourage you to speak with as many of them as you can.