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2L Year And Beyond: A Success Guide

The Bar Exam

Though it might not feel like, the next two years will fly-by. And before you know it, it will be Bar Prep time. So what exactly is the Bar Exam? The State of Colorado administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which is a national exam that allows individuals to transfer their score to other jurisdictions. The test consists of three parts: the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). A total of twelve topics are covered on the UBE and Colorado Law has great courses that cover these topics. The law school also offers a 3L only bar prep course, LAWS 7350 Analytical Strategies, that is a great introduction to the Bar Exam.


The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a 60-question multiple-choice examination. The MPRE is offered three times a year and Colorado requires a passing MPRE score for admission to the Colorado Bar. Unlike the Bar exam, students can take the MPRE during their 2L year. Though it is recommended that you take LAWS 6103 Legal Ethics and Professionalism prior to the MPRE, it is not required. 

The MPRE is not a subjective test on personal ethics, but instead it is a test on the laws governing the professional conduct of lawyers and judges. The test ask questions about subjects like Attorney-Client Privilege, not subjects like what would you do in the Trolley Dilemma

Here are some resources you can use to prepare for the MPRE:

Available online at the LexisNexis Digital Library: Questions & Answers: Professional Responsibility.

Available only at West Academic: A Short & Happy Guide to the MPRE.

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