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I Have Been Professionally Disciplined And Have To Take The MPRE

You may be surprised to learn that one of the phone calls we frequently receive is from attorneys who have been professionally disciplined for one reason or another. Often, they are forced to take the MPRE. The great news is that these people usually pass (even if they have never had to take the MPRE before) and if you are in this situation, you can too!

I Have Been Professionally Disciplined And Have To Take The MPRE

It is becoming increasingly common for state boards to make disciplined attorneys take the MPRE as part of the condition to practice law. Here are our tips if you are in this situation.

1. Take the exam seriously!

Our recommendation, if you are in this boat, is that you take the exam seriously. In our experience, if you are professionally disciplined, it will make you look much better if you pass the exam on the first try. Plus, the longer it takes for you to pass it, the longer you may be unable to practice. Of course, the specifics of one’s discipline is always individual. But, remember that the exam is only administered three times a year—March, August and November. If you do not pass it on your first try, you will be forced to wait for the next exam. This could be anywhere between three to five months! This may mean you will be unable to practice law while you wait for the next MPRE administration.

2. Reach out for help if you need it!

We recommend, at a minimum, our three-session package to attorneys in this situation. Depending on the jurisdiction you are in, and the length of time between the last time you took the MPRE and the present, we may recommend our five-session package. The longer it has been since you last took the exam usually means you should start earlier and consider more tutoring sessions. If you have never had to take the MPRE before, then we also will err on the side of recommending more, rather than fewer, sessions. Usually, the more time you spend going over the material with a tutor, the more likely you are to pass.

So, if you find yourself professionally disciplined, be sure to do one thing. Do not wait until the last minute to start studying! We consistently get calls the day before the MPRE from attorneys in this position. These people usually have a lot of both tactical and substantive questions. Unfortunately, these last-minute attorneys are not in the best position to pass the exam and often do not.

However, the opposite is also true. We encounter may attorneys who start studying early and take the exam very seriously. Some of these attorneys need fewer sessions because they spend a lot of time with the material on their own. When these attorneys start early, time is on their side and they are more likely to pass with flying colors.

If you find yourself in this situation, please contact us here. We would be happy to help you out!

Meagan Jabbori, a JD Advising bar exam tutor and course instructor, wrote this post. Meagan scored in the 96th percentile on the Uniform Bar Exam and has helped hundreds of students pass the bar exam and the MPRE. She also boasts above a 90% passage rate for privately tutored MPRE students!

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