Best Uniform Bar Exam Outlines
If you are using outlines that are poorly written, inaccurate, or do not contain the highly tested areas on the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), you are already starting your bar exam preparation on the wrong foot. Having bad outlines will poison the rest of your bar prep. You can study your outlines all day but if they are incomplete or inaccurate, you will not be doing yourself any favors. You want the best Uniform Bar Exam outlines available!
Best Uniform Bar Exam Outlines
Looking for the best Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) outlines?
You need outlines that are:
- Detailed but not unmanageably long
- Tailored to what is tested on the UBE (both the Multistate Essay Exam [MEE] and Multistate Bar Exam [MBE]).
- Organized and/or easy to learn. (If your outline is unorganized, it will be difficult to learn all of the material. If it is not easy to learn for you – say you are a visual learner and it is not colorful and it contains no charts or diagrams—then you are also going to be behind!)
So, what do you do if you want the best Uniform Bar Exam outlines? JD Advising gives outlines to students in conjunction with our services. However, alternative approaches to making sure your UBE outlines are up to snuff are as follows:
1. Create your own.
This takes a LOT of time so you cannot do it for every subject if you are on a normal bar prep timeline. However, if you really struggle with a subject, you will “own” it by creating your own outline for it. We recommend that if you are a visual learner, you use different colors or fonts. You can “base” it off of a commercial outline, but if you do not understand something look it up (Google it! Use Wikipedia!) or get a friend, professor, or tutor to explain it to you. It can also be helpful to include charts, mnemonics you think of, etc. There is no better way to feel great about a subject than taking the time and energy to create your own outline for it!
2. Use a commercial course’s outline but add to it.
If you come across an MBE question or MEE question that tests a law you have never heard of, add it to your commercial course outline (in the section it logically belongs). Some commercial course outlines are not “bad” but they are really not complete! So you will see something on the MEE that is not in the outline. Or you will see an MBE question that tests a law not directly in the outline. Instead of getting angry, write down the law in a logical part of the outline. This way you will be constantly improving your outlines and studying the material you actually need to know for the exam!
3. Make sure that the highly-tested issues from the MEE are included in your outline.
If you are wondering what the highly-tested issues on the MEE are, you can find this in a few ways:
- You can practice a lot of MEEs and create your own cheat sheets. This is a great way to actively review the material (although it is time-consuming).
- Buy our MEE One-Sheets here. Our MEE One-Sheets contain a detailed overview of the highly tested areas of law on the MEE. Each one-sheet also tells you the keywords you should be aware of for the MEE!
We have not been super impressed with the UBE outlines that we have seen from other commercial courses. It does not mean you won’t pass if you use a commercial course outline, but we believe our UBE outlines are the best! If you are interested as to why continue reading.
Why We Have The Best Uniform Bar Exam Outlines
1. We tailor our outlines to the MBE.
Our outlines are detailed—but not so detailed that they are unmanageable. We update them every single administration to make sure that they adequately reflect what is on the MBE.
2. We obsess over our MBE outlines and revise them each and every administration until they are perfect!
Our MBE outlines focus on the highly tested areas of law. So we start off our Evidence outline with a concise overview of hearsay, the exceptions, and exclusions. We start Torts with negligence. These are such important areas of law that they come first and foremost in our outlines. We also tell you about how many questions to expect on each topic so you know how to allocate your time for the MBE.
3. Our MBE outlines, on average, are 50 pages each.
They have problems (with all of the answers in the back) so that you can think critically about the law and test yourself. You also do not need to wait for a lecture to see if you have the right answer as we have an answer key in the back.
4. We tell you when each topic was tested on the MEE in Our Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) outlines!
All issues are not tested equally! A lot of issues are repeatedly tested. And when it comes to studying, it makes sense to prioritize your time by first focusing on the most highly tested issues so that you can get the most points! In our outlines, we tell you the exact administration each issue was tested.
Additionally, at the end of each outline, we provide you with a color-coded overview of what issues were tested for each subject during the last 20 years. This will help you see how often issues were tested. It also helps you see which issues are likely to be tested together. Lastly, it helps you see whether certain issues are likely to be tested again. You will also be able to see whether the subject itself is frequently tested or not (e.g., is corporations on every exam?). Such information is invaluable when you develop or refine your study schedule and study efficiently.
To see an example of our Evidence MEE/UBE outline, see our outline sample here!
5. Our UBE outlines contain virtually every issue that has been tested on the MEE since 1995.
We create our Uniform Bar Exam outlines by examining exams from 1995 to the more recent exam available and making sure that every tested issue is in our outlines.
Our outlines are thus extremely comprehensive and detailed. However, you will find that many of our MEE-specific outlines are not that long! For example, our Trusts outline is about 17 pages. Decedent’s Estates is about the same length. We try to keep our outlines comprehensive, yet manageable. As mentioned above, our MBE outlines are about 50 pages each, as each covers what is tested on both the MBE and the MEE.
6. We include examples from past MEEs.
All of our MEE outlines include examples from past MEEs so you can see exactly how NCBE tested particular issues. This is useful because the bar examiners often use similar fact patterns to test issues. The more familiar you become with how issues have been tested in the past, the easier it will be to spot issues on the upcoming exam. You can also see this in the sample above.
7. We include examples of the highly tested areas of law on the MBE.
We tell you the topics and types of questions that continuously come up on the multistate bar exam. Furthermore, we give examples and problems for you to answer. The answers to the problems are in the back of the outline.
8. We include charts to help you understand complex areas of law.
Are you avoiding learning civil procedure because you hate motions or joinder? Are you having trouble seeing the bigger picture and understanding the complicated timeline of when motions have to be filed or can be brought? We break down such concepts (and others) in our charts. This will help you understand the bigger picture, which makes it easier to see how specific issues should be analyzed.
9. We tell you when it is important to address different rules of law in an MEE answer.
Remember that the UBE does not test the law of a particular state, but rather general legal principles. For some issues, it is enough to know the common law rule. However, for other issues, you need multiple approaches to get more points (e.g., how is a disclaimer addressed under the Uniform Probate Code and common law?). Additionally, for some issues, examinees will want to know the approach under both the Second and Third Restatement to get the most points.
We have reviewed the bar examiners’ analyses to see when they discuss multiple approaches to an issue. Knowing this information will help you accumulate more points on exam day!
10. Our Uniform Bar Exam outlines are well-organized and visually pleasing.
We color-code our outlines. Further, we organize them logically by topic. We also explain concepts in our outlines in an easy-to-understand fashion. Our outlines are especially good for visual learners.
Some students complain that standard commercial course outlines are too long, illogically organized, and do not have all of the issues that appear on the exam. We have perfected our outlines to minimize all of these concerns. Our outlines are concise, to-the-point, logically organized, aesthetically pleasing. Further, they contain virtually every issue tested since 1995 to the most recent exam available. So, you do not have to worry that you are missing out on anything!
11. We update our outlines after every administration.
When you study it is important to use up-to-date outlines. If you learn law that is out-of-date your analysis on an essay or MBE question will be incorrect and you will get fewer points. For example, the NCBE just changed the scope of Real Property. They also (with not even so much as a few month’s notice!) decided to change of scope of how they tested Evidence on the bar exam!
We update our outlines after every administration to reflect changes in the law and also include issues that the NCBE will begin testing. We constantly update and improve our UBE outlines. You can preview our course here!
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