February 2020 MPT Predictions
JD Advising’s February 2020 MPT Predictions: Are you starting to prepare for the February 2020 Uniform Bar Exams (UBE) or another exam that administers the MPTs? We have taken a close look at the trends on the MPTs from the past decade and created our February 2020 MPT predictions. Below are the MPTs that we think are coming up!
Update: please see a recap of the February 2020 UBE here!
Disclaimer: You should NOT solely rely on these February 2020 MPT predictions when you study! You should complete different types of tasks when preparing for the MPT portion of the bar exam. Every type of task is fair game. This is just educated guessing, for fun! Sometimes we are right. Sometimes we are not! We have some suggested MPTs to review (for free) below. It is also worth it to review our free MPT One-Sheet, our MPT Guide and our MPT Seminar if you need extra MPT guidance.
February 2020 MPT Predictions
On the July 2019 exam, the MPT had two objective memos. On the February 2020 MPT, you will also have to complete two tasks if you are sitting in a Uniform Bar Exam jurisdiction. However, it is not common for examinees to complete the same task twice on the MPT. Generally, the Examiners want to see whether students can write both persuasively and objectively. Therefore, it is much more common for students to see one objective task and one persuasive task. Check out our predictions for the February 2020 MPT below.
1. Objective memo Update: tested
The objective memo and persuasive brief make up almost 70% of all tasks tested during the last fifteen years. As noted above, on the July 2019 exam, the MPT had two objective memos. Since 2005, every time students were asked to draft two objective memos on the bar exam, the following administration also required exam takers to complete at least one objective memo. Thus, our best guess is that examinees will be asked to write an objective memo on the February 2020 MPT.
If you are unfamiliar with how to format an objective memo, take a look at our post on how to format an objective memo on the MPT. It is a good idea to know how to format an objective memo because usually formatting instructions are not provided on the exam.
To get some practice with objective memos, we suggest that you complete a few tasks under timed conditions to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. We recommend taking a look at the following MPTs, all of which are available for free on the NCBE Study Aids website:
- February 2009: Phoenix Corporation v. Biogenesis, Inc.
- July 2009: Jackson v. Franklin Sports Gazette, Inc.
- July 2011: In re Field Hogs, Inc.
2. An opinion or demand letter Update: not tested, closing argument tested instead
After the objective memo and the persuasive brief, the next most common MPT tasks are opinion letters and demand letters. The last time examinees were asked to write a letter was in February 2016. We think that if you are asked to complete an objective memo for one of the tasks on the February 2020 MPT, the other task will most likely be a letter – either a demand letter or an opinion letter.
We suspect that if you are given an objective memo, you are more likely to be assigned a demand letter because that tests persuasive writing skills. Opinion letters are generally written to clients. They provide an objective view of the possible courses of action available to them. If you are feeling unsure about this task, check out our post on how to draft an opinion letter here. Demand letters generally ask the recipient of the letter to take particular action, thus it is a persuasive task. If you are looking for tips, take a moment to read our post on how to format a demand letter.
To get some practice with letters, we suggest that you complete a few tasks under timed conditions to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. So, we recommend taking a look at the following MPTs, all of which are available for free on the NCBE Study Aids website:
- July 2009: In re City of Bluewater
- July 2012: State of Franklin v. Soper
- February 2013: In re Wendy Martel
Note: Again, we want to emphasize that you should not rely on these predictions! You should take the time to review all of the commonly tested tasks on the MPT (objective memo, persuasive brief, demand letter, opinion letter) in addition to a few uncommon tasks.
We hope you found our post on the February 2020 UBE predictions helpful!
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