The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is a multiple choice examination that is required for admission to practice law in most states, including California.The exam lasts for two-hours and five minutes.Applicants do not use a computer.
Given the difference in length and format, your accommodation needs for the MPRE may be different from those needed for the bar exam.Additionally, accommodations provided may be different from those provided for the bar exam.For example, students may use a screen reading program for the bar exam.For security reasons, this accommodation is not currently available on the MPRE.
Accommodations available for the MPRE include:
If you decide to apply for accommodations, apply early.It may take up to a month to process the application. If an applicant applies early enough, the NCBE can inform a student in time to send supplemental material by the filing deadline.Applicants must request accommodations at the time they apply for the examination. Requests received after the late registration deadline will be rejected.
The petition process differs in some ways from the process for the bar exam. Instead of completing forms, an applicant must submit a written request (preferably a letter) for accommodations.
All petitions for accommodations must be supported by documentation explaining how the applicant’s impairment limits one or more major life activities.To be granted accommodations on the MPRE, the documentation must be highly specific.The NCBE often mandates that applicants requesting certain accommodations meet specific diagnostic criteria.
All materials should be sent together. Materials sent separately run the risk of getting lost, making an applicant’s accommodation request incomplete.
NCBE reserves the right to independently evaluate documentation submitted by examinees who request accommodations and to make the final judgment as to the sufficiency of the documentation.
Include current (within the last five years) documentation by a doctor or other qualified specialist who has experience and training in treating your disability.
Documentation must be submitted by a qualified diagnostician.
A qualified diagnostician is a person with professional training and experience treating the person with the disability.
For physical disabilities, documentation must be completed by a qualified physician.
All documentation should include the following information:
Documentation for visual, hearing, psychological, emotional, or physical disorders must be current within one year of the filing deadline.The documentation mustprovide:
An applicant with low vision may ask for additional time on the exam and a scribe to transfer the answers onto the scantron. The applicant’s documentation must submit the results of an ocular exam, explain how the vision impairment impacts the applicant’s reading pace and ability to accurately mark a scantron.