In addition to the Bar Exam, New York Bar Exam candidates must pass the MPRE before they are admitted to practice.
The MPRE is a two hour and five minute 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. New York requires a score of 85 on the MPRE. Scores are scaled and range from 50 to 150 with an average of approximately 100. A raw score of approximately 32 correct out of 50 converts to a scaled score of 85.
Section 520.12 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York requires applicants to file the materials required for admission to the Bar within three years of the date of the initial letter sent by the Board of Law Examiners notifying the applicant of having passed the Bar Examination. Thus, any applicant who has not taken and passed the MPRE at the time of receipt of notification of having passed the Bar Examination must pass the MPRE and be certified by the Board to the Supreme Court, Appellate Division within three years.
Students should take the MPRE well in advance of the Bar Exam. Some students may opt to take an Ethics course in the same semester in which they are taking the MPRE, to reinforce their mastery of the subject matter. They should plan to devote approximately 25 hours to preparing for the MPRE. Additional information about the MPRE is available at www.ncbex.org.