Character & Fitness

General Information

Every jurisdiction conducts a character & fitness investigation to ensure that every applicant possesses the requisite moral character to practice law.
  • Ohio: prior C&F approval is required in order to sit for the bar. Please go to the Ohio C&F webpage for details.
  • Other jurisdictions: check your jurisdictions bar admissions website for information regarding character & fitness.

Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

The MPRE is a standardized test administered by ACT on behalf of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).
With the exception of Maryland and Wisconsin, every jurisdiction requires a passing MPRE score for bar admission.
Substance:
  • Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Model Rules of Judicial Conduct.
  • In addition, the MPRE may contain questions based on “controlling constitutional decisions and generally accepted principles established in leading federal and state cases and in procedural and evidentiary rules.”
Format:
  • 60 multiple choice questions (50 scored, 10 non-scored)
  • 2 hours, 5 minutes
Scoring:
  • Scaled range of 50-150 (100= average)
  • Each jurisdiction sets own minimum passing score.
    • Ohio- 85.
    • Other jurisdictions: California- 86, Illinois- 80, New York- 85, Pennsylvania- 75.
  • Scores automatically sent to the jurisdiction and available on NCBE website within 5 weeks of exam date.
Administration:
  • 3x per year and OSU usually a testing site
  • Cost: on-time $84, late: $168
2016 Test Dates:
  • March 19, 2016
    • Registration: on-time: January 28, 2016; late: February 4, 2016.
  • August 13, 2016
    • Registration: on-time: June 23, 2016; late: June 30, 2016.
  • November 5, 2016
    • Registration: on-time: September 15, 2016; late: September 22, 2016.
Registration: