How To Prepare For MEE Crossover Questions
Crossover questions on the Multistate Essay Exam portion of the Bar Exam are a real threat – and rightfully so! These questions combine subject material from two different legal areas, which means things aren’t as straightforward as you’d like. What? You mean you weren’t ready for the Bar Exam to throw absolutely everything at you? That’s right, we’ve seen questions involving Agency/Partnership and Torts, Real Property and Secured Transactions, and Wills and Trusts. If you can think of a strange combo, chances are the Bar Exam has tested it before in MEE crossover questions. So, what does this mean for you as a test-taker? In this post, we’ll discuss how to prepare for MEE crossover questions!
How To Prepare For MEE Crossover Questions
Know Crossover Questions Exist:
The first step in preparing for MEE crossover questions is to know they exist. You should mentally prepare yourself for the potential of a crossover question appearing on your own exam.
Many times, students lose points on crossover questions, not because they don’t know the law, but because they’re flustered. Panic and anxiety on the Bar Exam are real issues that test-takers need to contend with. Anxiety can arise when test-takers are faced with an unexpected quesiton. Knowing how to manage your emotions can be the difference between passing and failing the Bar Exam. Check out these tips so you have a plan in case you panic during the bar exam!
Review Crossover Questions:
Reviewing previously administered crossover questions is a great way to get comfortable and familiar with how these questions are tested. The more you familiarize yourself with them, the better prepared you’ll be to handle one in the wild. Even though it won’t likely be the same crossover, you’ll know to expect it and how to address it to get the most points!
Next, let’s look at crossover questions from a technical standpoint. Crossover questions are scary because they combine two areas of the law in a time period intended for one subject. That means that you need to have a good grasp of all the potential subjects that could be tested. This advice not only applies in the context of crossover questions but the essay portion of the Bar Exam generally. Simply hoping that one specific subject doesn’t show up on the MEE portion is like playing Russian roulette. If it doesn’t end up going exactly your way, it’s going to end up very poorly.
Lastly, while picking and choosing what subjects to focus on is a bad idea, we do have some helpful tips. Generally, crossover questions have come in some basic flavors in past administrations of the Bar Exam. Knowing these combinations ahead of time can not only help your preparation but also allow you to feel more confident. Here’s what you need to know:
Criminal Procedure usually gets paired up with Evidence or Criminal Law.
Conflicts of Law is always tested with another subject. In past administrations, Conflicts of Law has been paired with Family Law repeatedly. Conflicts of Law is also sometimes tested with Civil Procedure.
Torts is usually combined with Agency/Partnership.
Knowing these combinations ahead of time can help you understand how the subjects are actually tested. The Bar Exam has been around for a while. What does that mean? It means that subjects can only be tested a few different ways before the examiners start running out of ideas. For crossover questions, this means that certain patterns start to form after you’ve reviewed multiple questions combining the same subjects. For example, in questions involving Conflicts of Law and Family Law – the principle that common law marriage in one state will be recognized by all other states has been tested repeatedly.
With this information in hand, you’ll be ready to handle anything examiner’s throw at you!
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