JD Advising’s July 2020 MPT Predictions
Are you starting to prepare for the July 2020 Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) or another exam that administers the MPTs? We have taken a close look at the trends on the MPTs from the past 15 years and created our July 2020 MPT predictions. Below are the MPTs that we think are coming up!
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JD Advising’s July 2020 MPT Predictions
Disclaimer: You should NOT solely rely on these July 2020 MPT predictions when you study! You should complete all different types of tasks when preparing for the MPT portion of the bar exam. Every type of task is fair game. This is just our educated guess of what is to come, which is something we do for fun! Sometimes we are right. Sometimes we are not! We have some suggested MPTs to review (for free) below.
Update: the July 2020 MPTs were a persuasive brief (actually a persuasive cover letter but functions the same as a brief) and an objective memo.
July 2020 MPT Predictions
On the July 2020 MPT, you will have to complete two tasks if you are sitting in a Uniform Bar Exam jurisdiction. The MPTs are worth 20% of your overall bar exam score. The Examiners typically 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 July 2020 MPT below.
Note: If you are not sitting in a Uniform Bar Exam jurisdiction, you may either need to complete both tasks or only one task. Take a look and see what the requirements are for your specific jurisdiction and what percentage of your overall score the MPT is worth.
1. Persuasive brief
The objective memo and persuasive brief make up at least 70% of all tasks tested during the last 15 years. Therefore, we think it is highly likely that examinees will be asked to complete one of these tasks. Since July 2012 students were asked to write an objective memo 14 times and a persuasive brief nine times. The persuasive brief was last tested in February 2019. Thus, our best guess is that examinees will be asked to write a persuasive brief on the July 2020 UBE.
If you are unfamiliar with how to format a brief, take a look at our post on how to format a persuasive brief on the MPT.
To get some practice with persuasive briefs, 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:
- July 2012: Ashton v. Indigo Construction Co.
- February 2013: In re Guardianship of Will Fox
- February 2014: In re Rowan
Update: Tested! (Actually, this was a persuasive cover letter but it functions the same as a brief.)
2. An Opinion or Demand Letter
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 a persuasive brief for one of the tasks on the July 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 a persuasive brief, you are more likely to be assigned an opinion letter because that tests objective 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. Demand letters generally ask the recipient of the letter to take a 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
Update: Not tested! an objective memo was tested!
Note: Again, we want to emphasize that you should not rely solely 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. It is also worth it to review our free MPT One-Sheet, our MPT Guide, and our MPT Seminar if you need extra guidance.
If this is a section of the exam that you struggle with, we recommend practicing MPTs beginning with the first week of bar prep. We hope you found our post on the July 2020 MPT predictions helpful!
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