MULTISTATE PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY EXAMINATION
In addition to passing the California Bar Examination, applicants for admission to practice law in California must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) in accordance with Title 4, Division 1, Chapter 5 of the Rules of the State Bar of California (Admissions Rules). The MPRE is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The examination is a sixty item (50 scored questions and 10 nonscored pretest questions), two-hour multiple-choice examination administered three times each year at established test centers across the country. More information regarding the examination, including states for administration and applying to take the examination is provided by the NCBE through the following link:
Applicants may take the MPRE anytime after completing their first year of law school and after registering with the Committee of Bar Examiners (Committee), which must be done online through the Admissions’ portion of The State Bar of California’s website at admissions/calbar.ca.gov. There are no time limits for taking the MPRE in connection with an applicant's qualification for admission to practice law in California, although the requirement must be satisfied before a motion is made to the Supreme Court of California certifying eligibility to practice law in California. Applicants must achieve a minimum scaled score of 86 to be considered as having passed the MPRE.
It is necessary for an applicant to request that his/her score be reported or transferred to California. Simply being a California applicant or resident will not cause this to occur.
To avoid delays in an applicant’s admission to practice law if he/she is successful on the California Bar Examination, he/she should ensure that:
- he/she has registered with the Committee before taking the MPRE;
- that the correct registration number is included on the MPRE application form;
- that he/she has requested that the score be reported to California; and,
- that the examination is taken and the required minimum scaled score has been achieved at least three months prior to the release of results from the California Bar Examination.
All questions concerning application materials, the administration, processing and/or grading of this examination should be directed to the NCBE .