The State Bar seeks public comment on adjustments to the MPR calculation to account for those who participate in or complete the Provisional Licensure Program’s Expanded Pathway to Licensure.
Deadline: October 29, 2021
Comments should be submitted using the online Public Comment Form. The online form allows you to input your comments directly and can also be used to upload your comment letter and/or other attachments.
All California accredited law schools must maintain an MPR of 40 percent or more calculated using a formula set forth in Rule 4.160(D)(6).
This proposal modifies the MPR to address two new circumstances. The first is the rescheduling of the July 2020 bar exam to October 2020. For purposes of the MPR calculation, this bar exam will be treated as if it took place in July 2020.
The second is the creation of the Provisional Licensure Program’s Expanded Program. This program offers qualifying graduates the opportunity to become licensed without taking another bar exam. The proposed amendments exclude these graduates from the MPR calculation while they are pursuing the expanded pathway and adds them back into the numerator and denominator along with those who passed a bar exam once they become licensed by the State Bar.
The proposed amendments also suggest several changes to the wording that do not modify the calculation, but rather clarify it.
Committee of Bar Examiners
October 29, 2021