The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination developed by the NCBE that tests students’ knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers. It is administered three times each year in March, August and November.
To be licensed in most states, an applicant must take and pass both the MPRE and that state’s bar exam. The MPRE is scored and scaled nationally, but each jurisdiction establishes its own passing score. Illinois currently requires a scaled score of 80 or more points on the MPRE. The Illinois Board of Admissions must receive satisfactory proof that the student achieved a passing MPRE score before being recommended for admission to the bar.
For purposes of admission in the bar in Illinois, students may sit for the MPRE at any time either during law school or after graduation. Most law students take the MPRE in their last year of law school and after completion of the Legal Profession course. Registration and additional information for the MPRE is available on the NCBE website.
Because MPRE requirements vary from one jurisdiction to another, examinees are advised to check with the bar admission agency in the jurisdiction to which they seek admission before registering for the MPRE.