If you are taking the bar exam, you may wonder what types of MPTs (or multistate performance tests) you will see on the bar exam. In this post, we list the types of MPTs that you could potentially see on the bar exam. You can also see the frequency in which they are tested on the chart above.
- Objective memorandum (this is the most popular!)
- Persuasive brief (this is second-most popular!)
- Opinion letter (usually an opinion letter is tested with a persuasive task, like a persuasive brief. Opinion letters are objective so the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) will often give a persuasive task to see if you can write persuasively as well!)
- Demand letter (usually a demand letter is tested with an objective task, like an objective memorandum!)
- Other tasks (occasionally the NCBE will test something unusual like redrafting contract provisions, drafting a complaint, a bench memo, etc. You can see these in the chart above!)
What is an “MPT”?
No matter what type of MPT task you are given, an MPT has three important components to look for.
- A task memo. This will tell you what to do. It is so important to follow directions carefully! Your task memo is your roadmap. Keep referring to it!
- A file. This will contain various documents that show the facts of the case. Generally, it contains letters, client interviews, etc.
- A library. The library usually contains cases and sometimes also contains statutes as well. It tells you what the law is. You will be applying the law to the facts you find in the file.
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