Evidence MBE Tip of the Day
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Evidence MBE Tip of the Day
MBE Tip of the Day Instructions:
Do your best to answer this Evidence MBE question (before even looking at the answer choices and before looking at the answer below!) Ask yourself: What is the subject? What is the legal issue? Next, what is the rule and analysis? Finally, what is the conclusion? Try to answer these beginning questions before even reading the answer choices. Then, uncover the answer as well as read more about our MBE tip of the day.
Evidence MBE Question
A woman sued a man for physical damages based on a federal statutory claim. The incident occurred within State A but the woman brought suit in federal court. State A recognizes all of the privileges recognized at common law.
At trial, the man called the woman’s treating physician to testify as to statements made in confidence to him by the woman in furtherance of medical treatment. The woman objects and claims that the physician-patient privilege applies to her statements.
Which law should the court apply to the claim of privilege?
(A) The state law and the court should therefore recognize the claim of privilege.
(B) The federal law and the court should therefore recognize the claim of privilege.
(C) The state law and the court should therefore reject the claim of privilege.
(D) The federal law and the court should therefore reject the claim of privilege.
Legal Rule and Analysis:
Choose an answer choice that most closely matches your conclusion and explain why the others are incorrect:
Answer to the Evidence MBE Question
Legal Issue: What law applies? Will the court recognize the privilege?
Legal Rule and Analysis: In this case, federal law will apply because the plaintiff is bringing a federal claim in federal court. (The state privilege would be recognized if this was a diversity case in federal court because the federal court would apply state law on privileges. However, this case is not.) Unlike common law, the federal court does not recognize the physician-patient privilege.
Conclusion: Federal law will apply and the privilege will not be recognized.
Look at the answer choices provided. Choose an answer choice that matches your conclusion. Review the other answer choices provided. (D) is the correct answer. For these reasons, (A), (B), and (C) are incorrect.
Evidence MBE Tip: Some of these MBE questions and brief and to the point. If you know the law, you should be able to answer the question in less than a minute (and you can spend your extra time on a longer MBE question!) Sometimes the best way to improve timing is to learn the law better.
Key Takeaways and MBE Tips From Prior Posts
Takeaway for the Law: Remember that a federal court will apply state law on privileges in diversity cases but it applies federal law in federal cases. Federal courts do not recognize the physician-patient privilege.
MBE Tip: Some of these MBE questions are brief and to the point. If you know the law, you should be able to answer the question in less than a minute (and you can spend your extra time on a longer MBE question!) Sometimes the best way to improve timing is to learn the law better.
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