Many students wonder how to attack an MPT. Should you read the library first? The file? The task memo? And what do you read next? In this post, we tell you the best way to attack an MPT.
How to attack an MPT
Read the task memo first.
The most important thing to read first when you attack an MPT is the task memo. The task memo will tell you:
- what kind of assignment it is (e.g. objective memo, persuasive brief, demand letter, etc.);
- whether you are supposed to include a set of facts in your mpt answer; and
- any other special instructions
Many students lose points for not following the task memo. So if you make a point to read it first, you will make sure you are picking up all of the points you can get.
Next, read the library.
Note: If you are new to MPT’s, we suggest you try this both ways – try reading the library first for some MPTs and reading the file first for others. The reason is: While most students (as well as the vast majority of our tutors!) find it helpful to read the library first, some find it more helpful to read the file first for whatever reason. The only way to truly know what works best for you is to try it both ways. Also, you will get more practice, which is critical to improving your MPT score!
However, we generally suggest you read the library next. The library will contain the relevant law (e.g. in statutes and cases). Having an overview of the legal principles that apply will serve you well when you get to the next step – which is to read the file!
Then, read the file and take notes!
Now that you know the applicable law, go back to the facts! This is a good way to attack the MPT because as you read the file, you can actually begin to draft and organize your answer because you will also have some of the law under your belt. This will ultimately help save you time on the MPT!
Lastly, refer to all of these sections as you continue to write your answer.
After you have reviewed the task memo, the library, and the file, it is time to focus on writing your answer! However, make sure to constantly go back to all three – the task memo, library, and file – as you write. If you try to write your answer from memory of what you just read, you will not write a very good answer. Further, you will be expected to refer to specific cases, statutes, and facts.
Make sure to go back to the task memo! You will not get points if you deviate from what the task memo instructs, so make sure to go back to the task memo to ensure you are completing exactly what it tells you to do.
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