Why should I study sample MEE answers?
Why should I study sample MEE answers? Every administration some examinees fall prey to the predictions they find on the Internet. These students chose to forego reviewing an entire subject. Do not make that mistake! Go into the exam with the confidence that you reviewed essay questions for every essay subject. The best way to study is by: first, obtaining great MEE outlines and reviewing them until you feel comfortable with them. And second, by doing and reviewing past MEE questions. Below we tell you a few things you should look out for when studying sample MEE answers.
1. See whether you identified all of the issues
After you write out your answer to an essay question compare it with the sample MEE answer. Make a list of all the issues that you missed, as well as the applicable rules. If you are unsure of how you would analyze the issues you missed, take a few minutes to write out the facts that the examiners’ incorporated in their discussion for each of those issues. This will help you to spot more issues in the future.
It is also a good idea to review the sample MEE answer on the day you write your answer. When the facts are fresh in your mind it will take you less time to study the sample answer.
2. See whether you organized your answer coherently
For essays that have a general call of the question, the MEE Analyses can also give you an idea of how you could have organized your answer (e.g., by parties’ names, by issue, by date). Underline or bold your headings so that it is easier for the examiners’ to see which issues you discussed. Do not worry about including cases names, restatement sections, or citations.
3. See whether you stated the rule correctly
Sometimes a rule statement in the Analyses will be one sentence long, while other times it will be several paragraphs long. Your rule statements do not need to be several paragraphs long (nor do you need to discuss the evolution of a particular rule), but you must include the key elements of the rule. Review the Analyses to see if you should know multiple approaches to particular issues (e.g., Uniform Probate Code and common law). Remember that the Uniform Bar Exam tests generally accepted legal approaches, not the law of a particular state.
4. See whether you can identify any patterns
As you start practicing essays for each subject, pay attention to any patterns you see in the sample MEE answers. For example, you might notice that if you discuss the present sense impression hearsay exception, an analysis of the excited utterance hearsay exception is also included. Or a Civil Procedure question that asks about injunctions will inherently include a discussion of temporary restraining orders. Being aware of such patterns will help you significantly if you are struggling with issue spotting.
5. See how points are allocated to each issue
Not all issues are awarded an equal number of points! Next to each issue you will see a percentage. This shows how each issue is weighted in assessing the examinee’s score. Use this percentage to help you self-grade your answers on a scale of 1 to 10. For example, if an issue comprises 40% of the score and you only stated part of the rule and used few facts in your analysis, you could award yourself 2 points. When using a ten-point scale, aim for at least a seven on each of your essays.
Wondering where to find past MEE questions and analyses? See this link for some ideas.
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