Why Does it Matter what the MPT Tests?
- Organization (#5 below) is one of the six things that the MPT tests. Just knowing the MPT formats can go a long way in excelling on the MPT!
- “Perform[ing] and completing tasks within time constraints” and “allocat[ing] time, effort, and resources efficiently” is something that the MPT tests. This means that completing the task (even if you do not write the most in-depth answer to all portions of it) is very important. Make it a habit to leave a few minutes at the end to wrap up your MPT.
- Communication (#4 below) is important and “assessing the perspective of the recipient” is something the MPT tests — thus, just keeping in mind whether you are writing to an attorney or a client can make a difference. If you are writing to a client, you will not use as much legalese, for example, as if you are writing to a partner at your firm.
- Problem solving (#1 below), including just “identify[ing] and diagnos[ing] the problem” is tested. You can get points for simply identifying the problem (which is generally told to you in the task memo). You will see on many MPT point sheets, points are allocated for this.
These are just a few of the things that the rubric below notes it tests. You can see how being aware of this will make it that much more likely for you to get points on your MPT!
What Does the MPT Test?
1. Problem solving.
2. Legal analysis and reasoning.
3. Factual analysis.
5.Organization and management of a legal task.
6. Recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas.
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