July 2019 Uniform Bar Exam Recap (MEE and MPT)
In our blog post we give you a quick recap of the July 2019 Uniform Bar Exam, including what was tested on the July 2019 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the July 2019 Multistate Performance Test (MPT).
[Note: Our blog post has been modified to remove any factual information from the essay questions/MPTs as these have not been released publicly yet. We still discuss the general subjects and topics tested.]
July 2019 Uniform Bar Exam Recap
July 2019 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)
For the most part, the issues tested on the essays were more nuanced than the February 2019 exam. This time the Examiners chose to test the MBE and MEE subjects almost equally, rather than favoring one set of subjects over the other. We were thankful to predict ALL of the subjects that were tested (Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Decedents’ Estates, and Corporations).
The following subjects were tested on the MEE:
Note, we also list a few of the topics tested. However, this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. You may have discussed different/additional topics and still get full credit. We do not have the fact patterns in front of us so we are going off of reports we have heard from students. Do not be discouraged if you did not discuss these exact topics!
- Decedents’ Estates/ Conflict of Laws: how to create a valid will and holographic will, validity of foreign wills, gifts causa mortis, lapse, antilapse statute, how to prove ambiguous terms in a will, adopted children (Note: We did predict that Decedents’ Estates would appear on the exam, and it did! We weren’t expecting a Conflict of Laws crossover, but we did tell our seminar students and UBE course students to review this issue in case it was tested!)
- Criminal Procedure: Miranda warnings (Note: We predicted that Criminal Law and Procedure would show up and it did. We thought it might be crossed over with Evidence, but it was purely a Criminal Procedure question.)
- Corporations: fiduciary duties (Note: We did predict that Corporations would appear on the exam and it did!)
- Contracts: common law contracts, anticipatory repudiation, substantial performance, damages, duty to mitigate (Note: We did predict that Contracts would appear on the exam and it did.)
- Family Law: spousal support, family privacy doctrine, constitutional right to direct the upbringing of one’s children, which court has jurisdiction over a child custody decree (UCCJEA), best interests of the child, a fit parent’s decisions should be given deference (Note: We did not predict Family Law.)
- Civil Procedure/Constitutional Law: motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, motion to dismiss for lack of failure to state a claim, class actions, standing. (Note: We did predict that Civil Procedure would appear on the exam and it did!)
A majority of the. issues that were tested were covered by our Multistate Essay Exam Seminar and MEE One-Sheets. We will be updating posts over the next week to note exactly which issues were covered in our UBE Course, our MEE Seminar and the MEE One-Sheets. On the whole, we are quite happy that we predicted the subjects on five of the six essays on the July 2019 Uniform Bar Exam. Our students had a tremendous advantage going into the written portion of the exam today!
If you are feeling nervous about what you wrote for any of the essay questions you are not alone! For the large part, examinees reported that the essays tested more nuances this round. In particular, many students found the Decedents’ Estates and Civil Procedure question to be quite challenging.
July 2019 Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
The MPTs consisted of two objective memos. We suspected the NCBE would test at least one of the traditional tasks this round. And indeed, we were right—we predicted that exam takers would be expected to write an objective memo. It is unusual (but not unheard of) for the NCBE to test two objective memos on one exam as typically the NCBE will test an objective task and a persuasive task. The objective memos were lengthy and many examinees report running out of time on one or both tasks.
Thus, we do expect the grading curve to be more generous on this administrations’ MPTs and essays (as compared to February 2019).
Please remember that you cannot change what you wrote today, so try to get a good night’s rest and confidently tackle the MBE portion of the exam tomorrow. Carefully read the call of the question and make sure your answer lines up with the facts presented in the questions. We hope you found our recap of the July 2019 Uniform Bar Exam helpful. Good luck on the MBE!
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