In addition to the bar exam, as in most other jurisdictions, California Bar Exam candidates must pass the MPRE before they are admitted to practice.
The MPRE is a two hour exam consisting of 60 multiple choice questions designed to test your knowledge and understanding of ethical standards of the legal profession. The exam is offered every March, August, and November and should be taken before you take the bar exam. California requires a score of 86 on the MPRE. Scores are scaled and range from 50 to 150 with an average of approximately 100. A raw score of approximately 33 correct out of 50 converts to a scaled score of 86.
Students should take the MPRE well in advance of the bar exam, preferably in the 2L year if the student has already taken an ethics or professional responsibility course, and has time to study. One reason students should take the MPRE well in advance of the bar exam is that the experience will help students recognize the importance of accommodations to which they may be entitled. The experience may also give students an early indication of what it is like to take a bar-related multiple choice exam and will provide students with helpful feedback for future bar prep choices, including the choice of whether to take Critical Studies IIA, which is devoted to the MBE. Students should plan to devote approximately 25 hours to prepare for the MPRE. Additional information about the MPRE is available at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mpre/.
Bar review companies, including Barbri (http://www.barbri.com/mpre/), Kaplan (https://www.kaptest.com/bar-exam/courses/mpre-online-course), and Themis (https://www.themisbar.com/mpre), offer free MPRE prep courses. Please visit the companies; websites for more information.
Dates and Deadlines:
|Test Date (2017 and 2018)||
Regular Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
|Sat., August 12, 2017||June 22, 2017||June 29, 2017|
|Sat., November 4, 2017||September 14, 2017||September 21, 2017|
|Sat., March 2018||TBD||TBD|