A recap of the July 2017 Uniform Bar Exam (MEE and MPT)
In this post we give you a quick recap of the July 2017 Uniform Bar Exam, including what was tested on the July 2017 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and July 2017 Multistate Performance Test (MPT).
On the whole, we are happy to predict a lot of what was tested on the Uniform Bar Exam. The topics were still tough and the exam was still tough, as is to be expected with any bar exam.
July 2017 Uniform Bar Exam Recap
July 2017 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE):
The MEE was very MBE-subject heavy. This was expected given that the February 2017 exam focused largely on the MEE subjects.
The following MBE subjects were tested on the MEE:
- Constitutional Law: dormant commerce clause, sovereign immunity
- Civil Procedure (combined with Conflict of Laws): Insufficient service of process
- Criminal Procedure/Evidence crossover: Miranda warnings, hearsay exclusions and exceptions
- Torts: negligence, strict liability, vicarious liability
The following MEE subjects were tested:
- Conflict of Laws (combined with Civil Procedure)
- Decedents’ Estates/Trusts crossover: validity of a will, republication by codicil, Rule against Perpetuities
- Secured Transactions: attachment, perfection, priority between lenders
With the exception of trusts, we predicted all of the above subjects (including the fact that Civil Procedure would overlap with Conflict of Laws)! Many of the topics that were tested were covered by our Multistate Essay Exam seminar and MEE one-sheets. And we will be updating posts on that later to say exactly what was tested.
If you feel unsure about what you wrote for any of the essays you are not alone! Many students found the Constitutional Law to be particularly challenging, are unsure about their answers to the Decedents’ Estates/Trusts question and the Secured Transactions question, and were thrown off by the Conflict of Laws issue.
Many students also reported wondering whether they answered the Constitutional Law question correctly. Check out our post entitled “How will I feel after the bar exam?”. It is very likely that other examinees are feeling the same way as you.
The July 2017 MEE included a Decedents’ Estates crossover with Trusts. While we were not surprised to hear that Decedents’ Estates was on the exam, we did not expect Trusts to show up this round, given that it was tested in February 2017. We were not surprised to see that Contracts and Real Property were left off of the July 2017 MEE, given both subjects were just tested in February 2017. On the whole, our July 2017 MEE predictions were accurate.
July 2017 Multistate Performance Test (MPT):
The MPTs were an objective memorandum and a persuasive brief. We suspected the NCBE would return to standard MPT tasks this round given that students were asked to write a bench memo (an uncommon task!) on the last exam. And indeed, we were right—we predicted that exam takers would be expected to write a persuasive brief. (We did suspect an opinion letter would be tested but the NCBE stuck with the standard objective memo!)
This was a tough exam! Try not to get too hung up on what you wrote today. How you feel about your performance does not indicate whether you passed. As for this evening, try to get a good night’s rest so that you can put your best foot forward on the MBE tomorrow.
Our Uniform Bar Exam course instructor and star tutor, Ambika, wrote this post. Please let us know if you have any questions about the July 2017 Uniform Bar Exam or anything else written in this post.
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