Bar Points: Everything is Fair Game on the Multistate Essay Exam
February 1, 2012
Alas, if only that were the case. The truth of the matter is that many more subjects are included on the MEE than just the six core MBE subjects:
- Agency & Partnership
- Corporations & LLCs
Conflict of Laws
Contracts (Includes Uniform Commercial Code Article 2: Sales)
Criminal Law & Procedure
Federal Civil Procedure
Trusts & Estates
Trusts & Future Interests
Negotiable Instruments (UCC Article 3)
Secured Transactions (UCC Article 9)
Bar takers love to make predictions about what will be tested on the bar exam, largely because they hope to avoid lavishing limited bar preparation time on difficult subjects. The thinking goes something like this: “Well, they tested both Secured Transactions and Negotiable Instruments on the last bar exam, so they probably won’t test them both this time around!”
This kind of attitude is understandable, but can ultimately be detrimental. The truth is that there is no formula or code that can be cracked to accurately determine what subjects might be tested on the next administration of the MEE.
The best way to approach the MEE is to think of every subject as being fair game and preparing accordingly. There will always be subjects that will be more difficult to master, especially if you have not taken a course in law school, but make sure to spend adequate time learning each of the above subjects so that you will not be surprised on test day.
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