MPRE stands for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. The MPRE is a 120-minute, 60-question, multiple-choice exam designed to measure the knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct. The exam is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), which also develops and produces other licensing tests like the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and coordinates the Uniform Bar Exam.
The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of all U.S. jurisdictions except Puerto Rico and Wisconsin. These jurisdictions, however, still incorporate local ethics rules into their respective bar exams. As of March 1, 2019, Maryland now requires the MPRE. In New Jersey and Connecticut, successful completion of a law school course on professional responsibility is accepted in lieu of passing the MPRE.
Passing scores for the MPRE vary between jurisdictions. The lowest passing score in any jurisdiction is 75, and the highest passing score is 86.
California and Utah require a minimum passing score of 86 on the MPRE. Nine states require the minimum passing score of 75: Georgia, New Jersey, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Below is a table with the minimum passing score required on the MPRE. Scores are subject to change, so it is always important to check with the board of bar examiners in the state where you plan to seek admission to the bar.