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What you’ve gotten yourself into…. Bar Basics. Step 1: The MPRE. The MPRE is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam The test is multiple choice and tests your knowledge of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct Each state considers a different score passing—in Utah it’s an 86.

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What you ve gotten yourself into

What you’ve gotten yourself into…

Bar Basics


Step 1 the mpre

Step 1: The MPRE

  • The MPRE is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam

  • The test is multiple choice and tests your knowledge of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct

  • Each state considers a different score passing—in Utah it’s an 86.

  • 60 questions in 2 hours and 5 minutes

  • You can take it at BYU or at several other testing locations


Mpre registration

MPRE Registration

  • In order to be licensed by October 2013 you must take the MPRE on one of these dates:

    • April 6, 2013

    • August 17, 2013

  • See the MPRE website, http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/, for more info and to register


The bar exam general structure

The Bar Exam: General Structure

  • Much of the Bar, no matter where you take it, is prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE)

    • Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

    • Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

    • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

    • Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)—which incorporates all three of the others

  • Lots of information and sample questions on their website:http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/ube/


The uniform bar exam ube

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

  • Completely prepared by the NCBE—no state prepared questions

  • The UBE has been adopted by these jurisdictions:

    • Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, and Washington

    • Reciprocity exists between these jurisdictions


The utah bar day 1

The Utah Bar: Day 1

  • Written Component, 6 hours

    • 6 MEE questions: (3 morning, 3 afternoon)

      • 30 minutes each

      • Possible topics: Business Associations, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates, UCC

    • 2 MPT questions: (1 morning, 1 afternoon)

      • 90 minutes each

      • MPTs test: factual analysis, legal analysis, reasoning, organization and management of legal tasks, etc.


The utah bar day 2

The Utah Bar: Day 2

  • Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) Multiple Choice Component, 6 hours

    • 100% multiple choice

    • Divided into 3 hour sessions of 100 questions each (190 are scored)

    • Topics: Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts


Sample m be question

Sample MBE Question

After being fired from his job, Mel drank almost a quart of vodka and decided to ride the bus home. While on the bus, he saw a briefcase he mistakenly thought was his own, and began struggling with the passenger carrying the briefcase. Mel knocked the passenger to the floor, took the briefcase, and fled. Mel was arrested and charged with robbery.

Mel should be:

  • Acquitted, because he used no threats and was intoxicated.

  • Acquitted, because his mistake negated the required specific intent.

  • Convicted, because his intoxication was voluntary.

  • Convicted, because mistake is no defense to robbery.


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