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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:

  • Unauthorized practice of law 
  • Conflicts of interest 
  • Client-lawyer relationship 
  • Client confidentiality 
  • Attorney-client privilege
  • Competence
  • Regulation of the legal profession 
  • Communications 
  • Transactions and communications with persons other than clients
  • Safekeeping funds and other property
  • Lawyers' duties to the public and the legal system (Candor) 
  • Legal fees 
  • Advertising & solicitation 

Paralegal Professional Responsibility Examination (PPRE)

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:

  • Unauthorized practice of law 
  • Conflicts of interest 
  • Client-lawyer relationship 
  • Client confidentiality 
  • Attorney-client privilege
  • Competence
  • Regulation of the legal profession 
  • Communications 
  • Transactions and communications with persons other than clients
  • Safekeeping funds and other property
  • Lawyers' duties to the public and the legal system (Candor) 
  • Legal fees 
  • Advertising & solicitation 

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. 

PEG Paralegal Professional Responsibility Examination Frequently Asked Questions:

  1.  What is the PEG PPRE?
    The examination is a comprehensive two-hour, one hundred question assessment.  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.  
  2.  What does it cost to register for the exam?
    During the current introductory period, the exam is priced at $99.00. 
  3. When can I register for the exam?
    The exam is available in electronic format on demand so you do not have to wait for any testing windows throughout the year!  You can sign up whenever you want 365 days a year! 
  4. What is a passing score on the exam?
    Successful candidates must score a cumulative grade of 80% or higher. 
  5. What will I get to show that I have passed the exam?
    Those who pass the exam will receive a PEG PPRE Certificate of Achievement that recognizes their accomplishment. 
  6. What format are the exam questions in?
    Test questions are presented one at a time in multiple-choice or true/false format.  The multiple-choice questions have four answer choices available. 
  7. How does the exam work once I start it?
    The exam is timed at two (2) hours.  There will be a clock that appears in the exam window so that you can keep track of your time remaining.  The exam will open in “full-screen” format and you should not try to leave the exam screen or the exam will refresh upon your return.  At the expiration of time, if you have not yet submitted your exam it will be submitted automatically and graded based on the work completed as of the expiration of time. 
  8. Can we skip questions and return to them during the exam?
    Yes!  During the exam, you have the option to answer a question, skip a question, or go back to a question.  You can also navigate to any area of the exam using the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. 
  9. What materials should I study prior to taking the exam?
    The exam questions are based on national, not state, standards of ethics.  Examinees should review the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct as well as the American Bar Association Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegal Services.  PEG also has a host of ethics on-demand video courses that you can review for free! 
  10. If I do not pass the exam can I retake it?
    Absolutely!  While we hope that all candidates succeed on their first attempt, retests are available.  Following your exam attempt, contact PEG and we will set up a new test attempt and registration fees for the retest will be discounted 50%. 



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