The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is a standardized exam that has been adopted in every US jurisdiction except for Wisconsin and Puerto Rico. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) develops and administers the exam, and according to them the purpose of it “is to measure candidates’ knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers.” The MPRE is separate from the bar exam, and is required for admission to the bar of most jurisdictions.
Which jurisdictions use the MPRE?
All jurisdictions except for Wisconsin and Puerto Rico require the MPRE exam.
Jurisdictions that use the MPRE include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, *Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, *New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the Virgin Islands.
*These jurisdictions will accept the passing of a professional responsibility course in law school in place of passing the MPRE.
For the most updated information regarding which jurisdictions have adopted the MPRE, check the NCBE’s official map.