The best MEE strategy involves a sharp focus on the highly tested areas of law as well as developing a strategy and a way of practicing that helps you improve your multistate essay exam score quickly and efficiently. This is the strategy that our tutor, Meagan, used to score in the 99th percentile on the MEE. Here we tell you our 5-part MEE strategy that will help you conquer the MEE.
The Best MEE Strategy to conquer the Multistate Essay Exam
1.Make sure you understand the law.
To score high on the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), you need to understand the law. There are many ways you can gain an understanding of the law – through your bar exam course, through bar exam private tutoring or through our MEE essay course. It is also possible that you understand the law already because you took classes that covered the law in law school.
2. Memorize the law, with a sharp focus on the highly tested areas of law.
Next, memorize the law. If you do not know how to memorize your bar exam outlines please read this post. It is imperative to memorize the law – particularly the highly tested areas of law. The multistate essay exam question will frequently tell you what the issues are so you will be primarily graded based on your ability to state the rule, apply the rule, and conclude. So having a good memorization of the rules is crucial!
It also makes sense to focus on the highly tested areas of law. You cannot learn everything for the bar exam. So you should focus on what is most likely to appear on your exam.
There are two ways to learn the highly tested areas of law on the multistate essay exam:
- The free way: Check out this post on highly tested MEE topics. We have a PDF you can download for free as well as a youtube video where we explain the highly tested areas of law.
- The paid way: Check out our MEE one-sheets where we list the highly tested areas of law on one page, front and back.
3. Focus on subjects that could be coming up on your bar exam.
Check out our Multistate Essay Exam frequency chart to get a good idea of what has been tested recently and what might be coming up. We also make predictions every exam (which you can read about online or attend our Multistate Essay Exam seminar to hear our detailed topic predictions).
Sometimes a subject might not be highly tested but it is “due time” to come up. For example, for the July 2017 exam we accurately predicted that Civil Procedure would be combined with Conflict of Laws (and it was) since it tends to be tested in consecutive years.
Thus it is important to pay attention to what could be coming up, even if it is not necessarily a highly tested topic or subject.
4. Learn how to format a multistate essay exam answer.
We have written quite a bit about this before. A few general tips for formatting an MEE answer are as follows:
- Use a simplified “RAC” (rule, analysis, conclusion) format for each issue you are asked to discuss.
- Don’t argue both sides for the most part, unless you are told to.
- Don’t waste time trying to craft eloquent issue statements, as generally the issues are told to you and you do not get a lot of points for issue statements.
- Do not include your conclusion in your issue statement as you may be deducted more points than deserved if your conclusion happens to be incorrect. It seems to bias the grader against students.
Making sure you have a proper format down is critical before you get into the next step!
A lot of students have a false sense of confidence on the writing portion, so they do not practice enough! It is important to practice MEE’s frequently. We assign our students five MEE questions a week (and sometimes more). Students who complete several questions tend to score much higher on the MEE than students who only complete a few.
Not only will you be more well-versed in the law and naturally better at formatting if you practice MEE’s, but you will also increase your confidence and decrease your anxiety on test day!
If you do not have a good source of MEE questions, check out our MEE books. We offer hard copy books as well as electronic books. They contain MEE questions and answers from 1995 on.
6. Self-grade your MEE answers!
Many bar review courses only grade a couple of essays for each student. A lot of the grading is not that reliable or helpful (though sometimes it is!). The point is, though, you cannot rely solely on commercial course feedback. The absolute best way to dramatically improve your MEE score is to get good at self-grading MEEs. This will get you acquainted with how issues are tested. And it will help you think like a bar exam grader! (And then write the kinds of answers graders want to see!)
We have a guide on how to self-grade a multistate essay exam answer here. We recommend you closely review it so that you can use this strategy as you begin to tackle multistate essay exam questions.
If you would like a trained expert to review your multistate essay exam answers, we also offer bar exam essay feedback.
This MEE strategy should help you conquer the multistate essay exam!
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