The paraprofessional professional responsibility exam (PPRE), developed by The Paralegal Education Group, LLC (PEG) is a comprehensive two-hour, one hundred question assessment consisting of true/false and multiple-choice questions. The multiple-choice questions have four answer choices. The purpose of the exam is to objectively measure candidates' knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the ethical and professional conduct of lawyers, legal paraprofessionals, and nonlawyer law office staff.
The questions presented on the PPRE should be answered based upon knowledge and understanding of national standards as provided by the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Rules for Utilization of Paralegal Services, and leading federal ethics advisory opinions/comments interpreting the model rules.
Once you register for the exam, you must take the assessment within the thirty (30) days. The exam must be completed in a single session, and will be presented in a full screen lock mode. A passing score on the examination requires a cumulative score of 80% or higher. Candidates will receive their examination score immediately upon exam completion. Successful candidates will receive a PPRE Certificate of Achievement both electronically and through the mail.
Some of the key topics and concepts that appear on the exam include, but are not limited to, the following:
The Paralegal Education Group, LLC is excited to announce the formal launch of its Paralegal Professional Responsibility Examination (PPRE). The examination is a comprehensive two-hour, one hundred question assessment consisting of true/false and multiple-choice questions. The purpose of the exam is to objectively measure candidates' knowledge and understanding of established national standards related to the ethical and professional conduct of lawyers, legal paraprofessionals, and nonlawyer law office staff.
PEG President, Michael K. Sullivan, Esq., provided the following:
“Our faculty, which is made up of paralegal educators with decades of experience, felt that there was a strong need for a legal paraprofessional credential in the arena of ethics and professional responsibility. While there are many kinds of certifications and specialty certificates that paralegals can obtain from various associations and groups, there is virtually nothing out there for ethics. It seemed odd that so little exists for a paralegal ethics credential when professional responsibility is a competency every single paralegal needs to possess, and one that every single employer will rightfully demand. Accordingly, we began working on an appropriate assessment that we thought would appropriately measure a candidates’ understanding of key national legal ethics standards. We are really excited by the examination that we’ve put together.”
A passing score on the examination requires a cumulative score of 80% or higher. Successful candidates will receive a PPRE Certificate of Achievement electronically and formal certificate that can be framed will be sent through the mail.
A non-exclusive list of the key topics and concepts that are tested on the exam include:
Mr. Sullivan further explains,
“The Certificate of Achievement will provide appropriate recognition for the high level of ethical competency the examinee has objectively demonstrated. Furthermore, the Certificate will provide a visible benchmark that current practitioners may use for career advancement. Entry level paralegals, on the other hand, will be able to use the achievement for prospective employment. Regardless of paralegal experience levels, an exceptional understanding of ethics and professional responsibility is a skill set that all legal employers will like to see.
During an introductory period, PEG is pricing the examination application fee at just $99.00. The exam is available electronically on-demand so examinees can register at their convenience and not have to worry about testing windows. Once registered, examinees must take the exam within thirty (30) days of purchase. Examinees will receive their results immediately upon completing the assessment.