MULTISTATE PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY EXAMINATION (MPRE)
All applicants who pass the bar examination must also take and
pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE),
administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE),
before they may be admitted to practice law in New York.
The MPRE is administered three times each year, in March, August and November. Applications and information regarding the MPRE is available from NCBE at http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/mpre/.
The passing score in New York for the MPRE is 85.
The MPRE can be taken before or after the bar examination, however, the applicant must pass the MPRE within three years either before or after passing the New York bar examination, as measured from the date the applicant sat for each examination. If it has been more than three years since an applicant took and passed the MPRE, the applicant must re-sit and pass the MPRE before the applicant may be certified to the Appellate Division as having passed the bar examination. The Appellate Division is the court that has the jurisdiction to conduct the character and fitness review and admit applicant to the practice of law in New York.
Applicants must designate New York as the jurisdiction to which the score should be reported or have an official MPRE score report sent to the Board by the NCBE.
Applicants who have not submitted to the Board proof of having taken and passed the MPRE by the time the bar examination results are released will be notified that they have passed the bar examination but the Board cannot certify such applicants to the Appellate Division until the Board receives proof of a passing MPRE score. It is critical for purposes of filing the application for admission to the Appellate Division that the applicant take and pass the MPRE within three years of taking the bar examination.
Notice regarding Time to File Application for Admission: An applicant for admission by examination, whether taken in New York or in another UBE jurisdiction, have three years from the date when the applicant sits for the second day of the Uniform Bar Examination to take and pass the MPRE and file their complete application for admission to the Appellate Division otherwise the applicant will have to re-sit the bar examination [See Court of Appeals Rule 520.12(d)(1)]. An applicant who has taken and passed the New York State bar examination prior to the July 2016 administration shall file a complete application for admission within three years from the date of the letter sent by the New York State Board of Law Examiners notifying the applicant that the applicant has passed the bar examination [See Court of Appeals Rule 520.12(d)(2)].