You may be wondering which subjects are most highly tested on the multistate essay exam. In this post, we tell you that – which you can also see based on the chart above. (You can find a most updated UBE chart here, if it is post-July 2018 when you are reading this!)
MEE Frequency Analysis – Study smart for the Multistate Essay Exam
Here are a few things to be aware of:
- On most exams, you will see Agency & Partnership or Corporations (and occasionally both)
- On most exams, you will see Civil Procedure — however, Civil Procedure has appeared less recently (likely because the Examiners added it to the multistate bar exam in 2015). We expect to see Civil Procedure less in coming years!)
- Conflicts of Law is not heavily tested and, according to the NCBE, is always combined with another subject. It tends to be tested in pairs (e.g. Feb 2012/July 2012, and Feb 2017/July 2017)
- The MBE subjects, besides Civil Procedure, are somewhat evenly tested, with Criminal Law and procedure being slightly less-tested.
- Generally, Wills or Trusts is tested (and in July 2017, they were combined, which was unusual).
- The MEE favorite “crossovers” (e.g., where you will see two multistate essay exam subjects in one question) are Torts & Agency, Conflicts & Civil Procedure, and Criminal Procedure & Evidence.
Some students try to analyze MEE frequency by looking back 20 years, but this is not helpful since six of the above subjects (all the MBE subjects besides Civil Procedure) were just added in 2007. So, if you go back 20 years, you will find that MBE subjects are not tested as frequently. But the fact of the matter is, most exams now have between two and four MBE subjects tested on the multistate essay exam!
Other students look strictly at all of the past MEE essay exams. But, this is not as helpful either. In the past, the Examiners wrote between 7 and 9 questions for multistate essay exam jurisdictions to choose from. So, they always included, say, Family Law, just in case a jurisdiction wanted to include it. Now, they only write 6 questions. It is much more helpful to look at the six subjects the National Conference of Bar Examiners has decided to use on its exams, since these are most likely to show the NCBE’s trends in favoring certain subjects. (For example, it always wrote a Family Law question for jurisdictions to choose to put on a jurisdiction-specific MEE exam, but frequently would not use the family law question itself.) We have an MEE chart with all past essays the Examiners have distributed to jurisdictions to choose from at the link. You can see the essays that were not distributed on UBE exams in red font.
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