In this post, we give you a brief breakdown of some Multistate Essay Exam subject frequency trends that we have seen in the past few years. Note that while these are popular trends, you should still be familiar with all of the potential 14 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) subjects that could be tested on your exam! You should not depend on a specific subject being tested! Please check out our MEE frequency chart here so you can see these trends for yourself!
Multistate Essay Exam Subject Frequency – Recent Trends
Multistate Essay Exam Subject Frequency Trend #1: Criminal Procedure combined with Evidence
In both July 2016 and July 2017, Criminal Procedure was combined with Evidence. This was a new combination. These subjects are easy to combine and the NCBE can test two of its favorite MEE topics (Miranda warnings and hearsay) in one fell swoop! We expect to see Criminal Procedure combined with Evidence again on future MEEs!
Multistate Essay Exam Subject Frequency Trend #2: Civil Procedure is tested less on the MEE.
In the past, Civil Procedure was practically a guaranteed subject. It showed up on virtually every MEE! Then it was skipped in February 2013. And again in February 2016. And again in February 2017 and July 2018! We thought this might occur since Civil Procedure was recently added as a new subject on the MBE portion of the exam in 2015. We expect to see Civil Procedure less on future exams.
Multistate Essay Exam Subject Frequency Trend #3: There is more overlap between subjects
While the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) has tested subjects together throughout its history of administering the MEE, recently more subjects are overlapping. On the July 2017 exam, for example, Civil Procedure overlapped with Conflicts, Criminal Procedure overlapped with Evidence, and Trusts overlapped with Wills. That is a lot of overlapping subjects for one exam! We also saw overlap on the February 2017 MEE (Conflicts and Family Law) and July 2016 MEE (Criminal Procedure and Evidence).
Multistate Essay Exam Subject Frequency Trend #4: The Examiners continue to test Secured Transactions quite a bit
Secured Transactions is tested, on average, more than once a year now. We suspect that removing Commercial Paper/Negotiable Instruments from the list of potential subjects that could be tested beginning in 2014 led to more essay questions on Secured Transactions. (Contracts seems to be tested on the exams that Secured Transactions is not – or sometimes it is tested in addition to Secured Transactions.) We suspect the Examiners want to test the Uniform Commercial Code (whether they test Article 2 or Article 9) on most exams.
These are just a few Multistate Essay Exam trends we have noticed. Please feel free to let us know in the comments below if you have noticed any recent MEE trends!
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