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Studying for the MPRE

Postby greg737 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:01 pm

I am working on a plan on how to best study for the MPRE. I have heard it isn't too difficult of a test, but I wanted to see who on here has taken it and how much time it is worth preparing for. I'm taking it Aug. 10.

I know a lot of bar prep companies offer free MPRE study guides; is it enough to just go through one of those?

Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby lifestooquick » Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:10 pm

Also taking it Aug. 10. Every attorney I've mentioned it to this summer has said "oh you don't have to worry about that, lol"

I'm probably just going to watch the BarBri review video the day before. And possibly review my ethics class notes.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby greg737 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:28 pm

That's what I heard as well; I'm thinking just review off and on that week and that should be good. Just wanted to see here what kind of time others had put into the test.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby yourmomsofun » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:30 pm

Put in about a week of off and on studying and was able to get a 111. If you want to be sure to just take it one I would put in about a weeks worth of studying. Anything more is probably overkill.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby ok2bedifferent » Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:39 am

I took it last year and also passed w/ a score in the high 110s (if I remember correctly). I would also put in a week's time. People I've talked to (incl. myself) think that those who say they studied the day before are lying. I personally thought the BARBRI free lecture/outline was useless. I sat down, reviewed all the rules myself and ended up doing fine.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby piccolittle » Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:17 am

I prepped for like 2 hours. The test is completely guessable.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby feeblemiles » Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:19 am

A day or two can be enough for a lot of people if you're just hoping to squeak by. More is probably not a bad idea though.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby stab master arson » Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:11 pm

Reading the 170-page Bar-Bri outline is a waste of time and doesn't actually prepare you. The condensed outline that comes with it is all you really need, assuming you've already taken professional responsibility. Read that, then do a bunch of practice questions.

I've heard good things about Kaplan's MPRE video lecture/outline thing, but I don't have firsthand knowledge of it.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby lobolawyer » Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:39 pm

Watched Kaplan's video. It's solid. And did 2 practice tests. Scored a 106. Def. wouldn't go overboard preparing. Know the conflict rules and you'll be fine.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby Mick Haller » Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:47 pm

I just watched the BarBri video and took notes, studied over my notes 2 or 3 times, and passed with a 100 something. 2 or 3 days of prep is more than enough. Probably spent a total of 8-12 hours studying.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:05 am

you need 1.5 solid days of studying. that's it. this is what i did (including the BarBri lecture, reading over the notes from it once after the lecture, and doing about 75 practice questions AND reviewing carefully the ones i got wrong to understand why i got them wrong) and i ended up with a 111

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby greg737 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:48 pm

Thanks for the help. Seems like just don't worry about it until the week before and we should be OK.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby kalvano » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:28 am

How much time if you haven't taken PR?

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby pasteurizedmilk » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:46 am

i hadn't taken PR. studied for 2 days, probably 5-6 hours a day and passed by a big margin (i think 110 or so).

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby Starscream15 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:50 pm

kalvano wrote:How much time if you haven't taken PR?


I took it without taking PR prior. I would say 1 or two weekends (2-4 days) is about right. People should not be overly lax in preparing for it though. I know plenty of folks who have failed. Most of the questions are fairly easy to figure out, but there are some curveballs.

I think the best thing to do is watch the video and study using an MPRE book by BarBri. Take some practice tests and read the answers in the back of the book.

Yes it is not all that hard of a test, but you don't want to be the person who has to take it twice. Put the time in to study and then you don't have to worry about it.

Also pass/fail of MPRE is not any indicator of pass/fail on the bar.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby greg737 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:36 pm

Is there a time period during which the MPRE is good for? Like the LSAT is good for 5 years; is there such a period for the MPRE?

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby truevines » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:06 am

greg737 wrote:Is there a time period during which the MPRE is good for? Like the LSAT is good for 5 years; is there such a period for the MPRE?


Depends on states. The MPRE never expires in Cal.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby risingamerican_2l » Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:58 pm

Haven't had PR myself (just studying the ABA Model Rules). I took the timed online practice MPRE and got 45/60 first try. Do you think 45/60 is enough to pass the MPRE?

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby Rocío » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:11 pm

I watched Barbri's free four hour lecture. Then I took one practice test. Total study time, including the four hour lecture: six hours. And I scored a 103, which was fine considering I just needed an 85. Don't stress about it - studying for one or two days max should be plenty.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby kalvano » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:14 am

What a phenomenally stupid test to have to take.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby lifestooquick » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:28 pm

kalvano wrote:What a phenomenally stupid test to have to take.

+1

At least they let you go when you're done and don't make you stay the whole time.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby kalvano » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:50 pm

lifestooquick wrote:
kalvano wrote:What a phenomenally stupid test to have to take.

+1

At least they let you go when you're done and don't make you stay the whole time.


The proctor looked at me like I was from another planet when I was done in about 50 minutes. It's 60 questions and two answers are immediately out. It shouldn't take that long.

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby somewhatwayward » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:00 pm

can you get the kaplan lecture without signing up for kaplan's bar prep course?

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby I.P. Daly » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:04 pm

somewhatwayward wrote:can you get the kaplan lecture without signing up for kaplan's bar prep course?


http://www.kaptest.com/Bar-Exam/Law-Sch ... ourse.html

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Re: Studying for the MPRE

Postby kalvano » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:13 pm

somewhatwayward wrote:can you get the kaplan lecture without signing up for kaplan's bar prep course?


The BarBri lecture is better, and also available free of charge.




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