The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE” ) is an ethics exam administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (“NCBE” ) and not by the state of Arkansas. The MPRE is administered separately from the Arkansas bar exam and is generally tested three times each year in March, August, and November.
Please visit the Ethics Exam/MPRE page for general information about the MPRE and the MPRE application process.
Arkansas requires an MPRE scaled score of 85 or greater as a prerequisite to admission for bar exam applicants. Applicants may take the MPRE prior to the general bar exam or within one year of the general bar exam where the applicant received the passing bar exam score. Individuals who successfully complete the MPRE are allowed to retain, or transfer from another jurisdiction, their passing MPRE score for a period of three years from the date when the individual took the MPRE. There is no limit on the number of times an applicant may take the MPRE without passing. (Rules Governing Bar Admission, Rule IV(b)). The MPRE is not required for attorneys seeking Arkansas Admission on Motion.
Arkansas accepts MPRE scaled scores of 85 or greater that were achieved in Arkansas or another jurisdiction for s period of three years from the date of the successful MPRE exam.