Topic 2: When Should I Take the MPRE?
Are you wondering when to take the MPRE? Here, we tell you when the MPRE is offered and when we recommend that you take it.
When is the MPRE offered?
The MPRE is offered three times a year:
The 2019 MPRE dates are as follows:
- Saturday, March 23, 2019
- Saturday, August 10, 2019
- Saturday, November 9, 2019
When should I take the MPRE?
There is not one best time to sit for the MPRE. All MPRE exams are weighted equally in terms of difficulty. Thus, there is not one exam that is easier to pass compared to another.
With that said, the best time to take the MPRE will be when you have time to adequately prepare for it. We generally recommend that you do the following things before taking the MPRE:
- First, take the professional responsibility course offered at your law school. Many schools offer (and even require) a professional responsibility course as part of the regular curriculum. Even if the professional responsibility course at your school focuses on state-specific rules rather than the ABA Model Rules, it still will likely provide a thorough background of the information you need to know for the MPRE. Further, you may find that your state models its rules on the ABA Model Rules (as many states do).
- Second, take an MPRE exam course. Many bar review courses provide a free MPRE course and free MPRE books if you sign up for their bar review course. If you are interested in private one-on-one tutoring for the MPRE, please contact us here. Or, if you would like to learn about JD Advising’s free course, you can find more information here.
- Third, make sure you have a dedicated time to study for the MPRE. Do not push it off until a week before or the weekend before the exam. Start early. Space out your study sessions. Make an effort to learn the law well and do as many practice exam questions as possible. Doing so now will help minimize your chances of having to take it again in the future!
Caution: do not take the MPRE too late!
It is best to sit for the MPRE sooner rather than later. Some jurisdictions do not allow you to take the bar exam (or only allow you to take the bar exam once or twice) if you do not have a passing MPRE score.
The last thing you want to do is delay taking the MPRE so much that you are not able to take the bar exam! Instead, plan to take it pretty early on in law school (your second year of law school is best if you are in a three-year program). It is best to undertake the MPRE with enough time left in law school so that if you do not pass the first exam, you still have the opportunity to take it again before having to worry about the bar exam.
Looking to Pass the MPRE?
We offer the following services:
- A free MPRE Course which provides you with high-quality and tailored instruction focused on the highly tested areas of the MPRE. You can also get real MPRE questions with the course here.
- MPRE private tutoring to help you learn everything you need to pass the MPRE, including an MPRE outline and an MPRE study plan tailored to your individualized needs.
- A variety of excellent and free MPRE resources to help you conquer the MPRE.