February 2017 MEE Course: Why Our Students Were At An Advantage

February 2017 MEE Course: Why Our Students Were At An Advantage

During our February 2017 MEE course for the  Uniform Bar Exam, our students gained a distinct advantage. Read further to find out what steps we took to provide them the best preparation!

February 2017 MEE Course: Why Our Students Were At An Advantage

1.  We assigned practice essays on many of the topics that were tested.

For our February 2017 MEE course, we carefully selected 3-4 essays from previous exams on each MEE subject. We covered a number of highly tested issues. Indeed, our students examined many of the issues tested on the February 2017 exam. For example, we assigned the July 2007 and February 2009 Agency & Partnership essays, which required examinees to discuss actual and apparent authority. These issues were tested on the February 2017 bar exam. Additionally, we asked students to complete the July 2009 Trusts essay (cy pres issue) as well as the July 2007 and July 2008 Trusts essays (revocability of a trust, amendment to a trust, pourover wills). Because our students had already tackled these issues once on an essay exam, they felt more comfortable on exam day.

2. We went over many of the topics tested in class and in our outlines.

Over the course of one week (five two-hour long sessions), we covered all of the MEE-specific subjects. We also thoroughly explained many of the topics that appeared on the February 2017 exam. For example, when reviewing Corporations, we went over the duty of care and the business judgment rule. We spent 15 minutes going over an essay question that tested these issues. This issue was tested on the February 2017 exam. We also reviewed the elements that need to be satisfied in order to bring forth a derivative lawsuit (when a corporation suffers an injury). This issue was tested on the February 2017 exam.  Additionally, in our discussion of Family Law, we reviewed the validity of a bigamous marriage (including the two marriage-saving doctrines for the new spouse), the elements of common law marriage, and the non-biological father’s right to a child. All of these issues were tested on the February 2017 MEE bar exam. Further, we discussed how Conflict of Laws could be tested with Family Law. In particular, we covered when a marriage is recognized in another state. This exact issue was tested.

3. We answered students’ questions during the class session and by email.

Unlike many of the traditional bar prep courses, we set aside time during each session so students could ask questions. This is a huge time saving advantage. Our students did not spend hours at home wondering whether they were stating or applying a rule correctly!  We also answered questions via email, as many students felt more comfortable asking lengthier questions this way. Students asked questions regarding the substantive law, organization/structure of MEE answers, timing tips, etc.

4. We provided comprehensive feedback on more than 20 essays.

Again, unlike many of the traditional bar prep courses, our February 2017 MEE course provided thorough feedback on more than 20 MEE essays (included with the cost of the course!). We do not require students to purchase additional essay packages.

Our approach gave students an edge because they knew whether they struggled with writing essays on a particular subject or multiple subjects. Because of our fast turnaround, students were able to incorporate suggestions for improvement on their future essays. We provided comments regarding format, organization, substantive law, as well as the application of the law. We also let them know if they needed to make any changes to ensure that they completed the exam in the allotted time.

5. We assigned a practice diagnostic MEE so students could gauge their performance under timed conditions.

 We provided students with a three-hour 6-question essay exam with the subjects and topics that we believed could show up on the exam, using past MEE questions. After completing the diagnostic, we gave our students comprehensive feedback to let them know whether they were on track. We also gave them suggestions where to improve (e.g., make rule statements more succinct, provide less background information, extract more relevant facts, when to argue multiple approaches to an area of law).

Christine, one of our bar exam tutors, wrote this post. She has passed three bar exams, including California, New York, and New Jersey. Christine scored in the 95 percentile on the MBE, and specializes in helping students raise their uniform bar exam scores!

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Ashley Heidemann is the owner and founder of JD Advising. Ms. Heidemann scored over a 180 on the Michigan Bar Exam in February of 2011 after graduating as the #1 student in her law school class of over 200 students in 2011. She, as well as a team of others, offer bar exam courses, seminars, and private tutoring for bar exam students nationwide. This includes services for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and Michigan bar exam.  Please click here to contact her company, with any questions.