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Title: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: ngdo2007 on January 05, 2008, 11:34:33 PM
I've heard 48 hours is about right- most people seem to have used the Barbri books.  Any other options?
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: jacy85 on January 06, 2008, 06:27:43 AM
I'd say 48 hours was about right for me.  I spread the time over 3-4 days.  I didn't use the barbri books because I was out of town for the class.  I used the practice test online, and the multiple choice question "software" from the mpre website (it's study smarter something or other).
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: thorc954 on January 06, 2008, 06:49:06 AM
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Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: starter on January 06, 2008, 07:19:50 AM
48 hours of actual studying is way more than enough.  I put in about 20-25 hours by memorizing the rules from the barbri book, taking the 3 practice tests in the back of the book and doing the practice test online. I didn't even take the actual class, just bought the book on ebay.  I got a 150.  The MPRE isn't bad at all so you won't need to kill yourself to get ready for it. 
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: thorc954 on January 06, 2008, 07:58:05 AM
anyone just take professional responsibility as a law school class and then just wing the exam?
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: T. Durden on January 07, 2008, 03:16:16 PM
i took the 4 hour barbri lecture, literally studied for 1 hour the morning of, took the test (thought that i failed) and pulled a 115... no excuse for failing this thing.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: xferlawstudent on January 08, 2008, 06:36:57 AM
anyone just take professional responsibility as a law school class and then just wing the exam?

I didn't do this, but I would not recommend it.  At least for me, the PR class was much more about the philosophy of ethics and caselaw whereas the MPRE is straight BLL (eg, the Rules)
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: needhelp on January 14, 2008, 01:48:48 PM
I took the PR class, one year before the MRRE, and then I spent a few hours reviewing my materials from the class and passed the MPRE without any trouble.  The MPRE is not set up like the bar or a law school course where they expect and want people to fail.  It is merely there to motivate future attorneys to familiarize themselves with the rules and ethics that govern the legal community.  As such, it is easy.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: smujd2007 on January 22, 2008, 06:37:51 AM
The MPRE is straight black letter law.  I probably overstudied, but I passed the first time. 

Don't take this test too lightly, however, because I know a couple of people who had to take it more than once. 

If you had a rule based PR professor (like I did), I would recommend reading over the barbri long outline a couple of times, and taking all of the practice questions in the back of the book.  Also, make sure you review ALL of your answers, making sure you got questions right for the right reasons, and knowing why you got specific questions wrong. 

I studied for this exam on my lunch breaks during my second year second summer job. I walked out feeling like I failed, because the questions are tricky (not MBE tricky, but still, sometimes had to guess between 2 answers). If you read the barbri outline and work all of the practice questions, you should be in good shape. 

My friends that didn't have a rule based professor for PR also used the PR flashcards in the yellow box.  This gave them rules and hypos.  But be careful with the flashcards--some of the rules have changed slightly since they were printed.  Other than that, a good resource (if you are somewhat familiar with the rules you will be able to spot the inaccurate cards, they are pretty obvious.)

Good luck! 
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: sweetlawgirl on February 13, 2008, 05:47:36 AM
I've always been told you should not spend more than 24 total hours of study time preparing (over the 2 to 3 days before the exam).

Eight hours to classes or lectures as well as reviewing your notes, outlines or flash cards. The remaining Sixteen hours should be used to focus on sample Question attempts and reviews. (last 4 hours for practicing under timed conditions)

Keep it simple.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: slacker on February 13, 2008, 05:47:53 PM
I did the BarBri lecture, and then the next week spend a bit of Thursday and Friday looking at questions. I had already taken PR, but I agree with the others that the class doesn't necessarily prepare you for the exam. I don't think I ever worried about timed conditions...I'd save that stress for the MBE.

I know a lot of people who walked out feeling that they hadn't passed. ('Passed' being relative, as it's really just how your score compares to your jurisdiction.) A few were right, but most did well enough the first time to not retake.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: be10dwn on February 13, 2008, 05:50:57 PM
man I scored an 85 right on the dot, which is what I needed.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: lalalander on February 24, 2008, 09:57:14 AM
When do people usually take this thing? I know you can take it anytime. I'm a 1L and considering signing up to take it in August before my 2L year begins.

I'd like to get it out of the way and possibly be able to put it on my resume for 2L OCI.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: cesco on February 24, 2008, 10:08:09 AM
When do people usually take this thing? I know you can take it anytime. I'm a 1L and considering signing up to take it in August before my 2L year begins.

I'd like to get it out of the way and possibly be able to put it on my resume for 2L OCI.

I think it depends on the state.  In CO, you have to take it within 2 years of passing the bar (no earlier). Most people take it their 3L year, some take it their 2L year.  I am taking it my 2L year to get it out of the way.  Does your school require Legal Ethics as a class?  You might wait until after you take the class (or while enrolled since the MPRE falls mid-semester) just so that you can get a basic foundation of the rules.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: jacy85 on February 24, 2008, 01:44:20 PM
When do people usually take this thing? I know you can take it anytime. I'm a 1L and considering signing up to take it in August before my 2L year begins.

I'd like to get it out of the way and possibly be able to put it on my resume for 2L OCI.

The earliest I've ever heard of anyone taking it is summer AFTER 2L year.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: thorc954 on February 24, 2008, 02:04:05 PM
Several people at my school take it their spring 2L semester since for many its either at the same time as the ethics class or just after they finished it.
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: xferlawstudent on February 25, 2008, 09:36:58 AM
I took it Spring 2L
Title: Re: How long does it take to cram for the MPRE and what did you use?
Post by: ngdo2007 on January 27, 2008, 06:29:59 PM
48 hours of actual studying is way more than enough.  I put in about 20-25 hours by memorizing the rules from the barbri book, taking the 3 practice tests in the back of the book and doing the practice test online. I didn't even take the actual class, just bought the book on ebay.  I got a 150.  The MPRE isn't bad at all so you won't need to kill yourself to get ready for it. 
Thanks for the input fellas.