MPRE stands for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. The MPRE is a 120-minute, 60-question, multiple-choice exam developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). It is designed to measure the knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer’s professional conduct.
The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of all US 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. Maryland requires a minimum score of 85 to pass. Because Maryland only recently started requiring the MPRE, the score is not included in the table below.
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.