MPRE and tigers and bears, oh my!

You know how sometimes there is so much going on to blog about that it is hard to select just one? There’s the election, the economy, my fabulous weekend with my kids where I was the only mom on duty, the fact that I have to take the MPRE in just 17 days, big decisions like paper or plastic, a Quarter Pounder or a simple cheeseburger, Ebay or Craigslist…..?

See? So many topics.

*deep breath*

Choose One.

The MPRE. That is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, and in most states a person must pass it in order to be admitted to the bar. It’s a two-hour test on the rules that govern the ethical behavior of lawyers. Stop laughing. We have ethics. There are rules. They must be followed.

A lot of it is common sense, or the underlying logic is based on common sense, but that doesn’t mean that the questions are phrased in ways that the answers are obvious. In fact, generally tests are written so as to confuse test-takers if possible. What does this mean for me? Lots of rules to memorize. Take the test. Pass it. Then the next big test (aside from class finals) will be the Bar Exam.

(*Shhhhhhhhh* We’re not thinking about that, yet…….)