In this post, we discuss a quick and efficient multistate essay exam approach! Whether you are beginning to study for the multistate essay exam (MEE) or whether you have been looking at multistate essay exams essays for a while now, it is never too late to polish your approach to the MEE!
A Quick and Efficient Multistate Essay Exam Approach
1. Start by learning the highly tested topics.
There are several topics that are re-tested over and over again on the multistate essay exam. By familiarizing yourself with these topics, you will be in the best position to write a high-scoring essay. You can find the highly tested MEE topics (for free!) here.
You should, of course, review outlines for all of the MEE subjects. However, if you are looking to study efficiently, start by committing the topics that are tested the most to memory.
2. Learn how to structure an MEE answer.
Next, you should learn how to structure a multistate essay exam answer. An MEE answer will be different than an answer you may have written to a law school question. There are a few differences between a standard MEE answer and a standard law school essay answer:
- Issue-spotting is much less important on the MEE as oftentimes you are told what the issue is.
- The analysis on an MEE is more of an application of the law to the facts rather than arguing back and forth.
- Conclusions are important and oftentimes there is a “right” answer to an MEE question (whereas in law school, there was not always a “right” answer).
Note: One thing that is common to the MEE and law school answers: You must memorize the rules! If you don’t know the rules, you will not be able to apply them or accurately conclude.
3. Practice – both writing and bullet-pointing answers.
Writing “full” (30-minute) answers to multistate essay exam questions is invaluable. You can see whether your timing is on track, how your organization is, and gauge how you are performing. Thus, we recommend you take time to write out full answers, and to complete timed exams.
However, after you feel comfortable with writing full answers, you can then start bullet pointing essay answers as well. This will help you get exposed to the material and topics, but without having to spend a full 30 minutes writing an answer.
We do not recommend that you try to save time further by just reading the question and answer. Often students who do this get very little out of it!
We hope you enjoyed reading about this efficient multistate essay exam approach. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.
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