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July 2019 MEE Predictions — by JD Advising

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July 2019 MEE Predictions — by JD Advising

J.D. Advising’s July 2019 MEE Predictions: Are you starting to prepare for the July 2019 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)? Are you wondering what subjects might be tested on the July 2019 MEE? We have analyzed the trends on the MEEs from the past seventeen administrations and created our July 2019 MEE predictions. Below are the essay subjects that we think are coming up!

Disclaimer: You should NOT solely rely on these July 2019 MEE predictions when you study! (For example, see this post on the accuracy of our February 2019 UBE predictions — some were correct and some were not.) You should study all subjects when preparing for the UBE exam. All subjects have a chance of appearing on the exam.

Note: If you would like an overview of the most highly tested MEE topics as well as an overview of the topics that are most ripe for testing, sign up for our Multistate Essay Exam seminar! Our seminar covered over 90% of the topics tested on the July 2017 bar exam. We also covered many of the topics tested in July 2018 (though we did not cover 90%!). 

 

July 2019 MEE Predictions — by JD Advising

1. Civil Procedure

Civil Procedure is still the most highly tested subject on the MEE! Therefore, it is on our list of predictions. When Civil Procedure has been tested, it is usually tested consistently for at least several administrations. It was just tested on the February 2019 exam, and the question reportedly covered issues that students were generally more familiar with, such as personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction. However, we strongly recommend reviewing some of the less mainstream issues in Civil Procedure as well, including claim and issue preclusion and discovery, because these haven’t been tested since February 2014.

Note: Since Civil Procedure has been added to the MBE portion of the test, we think it will be tested less frequently on the essay portion of the exam in upcoming administrations. However, because the Examiners have only omitted Civil Procedure on the essays three times since July 2011, it is too soon to predict how often it will be omitted.

2. Criminal Procedure (possibly combined with Evidence)

Criminal Procedure was last tested in July 2017 so we think it may appear on the July 2019 MEE. It is possible for a pure Criminal Procedure question to come up on the July 2019 MEE. In particular, take a close look at past essay questions that have tested the Fourth Amendment warrant exceptions, Miranda and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. However, it could also be tested in a crossover essay. On recent administrations, the Examiners have favored Criminal Procedure/Evidence crossovers and we think that trend may continue. Evidence was last tested in July 2018 and the Examiners typically include an Evidence question every other administration or two. We recommend preparing for either possibility!

3. Constitutional Law 

Constitutional Law has typically been tested every other exam since February 2012. Since Constitutional Law was last tested in July 2018 we think it possible that it may be tested in July 2019. The Constitutional Law questions tend to test nuanced issues (e.g., dormant commerce clause, sovereign immunity, public and private forums for speech) so make sure to review past questions carefully.

4. Contracts

The Examiners often like to alternate between Contracts and Torts on the exam. As Torts was tested on the February 2019 Exam, it is likely that Contracts will appear on the July 2019 exam. In the past, some of the Contracts fact patterns had very open-ended questions for students to answer (e.g., Will Plaintiff prevail in its suit for damages?). Be mindful that for such questions it is a good idea to go chronologically, paragraph by paragraph, to see what issues or sub-issues are present.

5. Corporations and LLCs 

Corporations is also commonly tested on the MEE. Since February 2011 the Examiners have generally tested Corporations every other administration. Corporations was last tested in July 2018 so we think it could be coming up. Take the time to review the rules pertaining to LLCs as the Examiners have tested this entity several times on past exams (e.g., July 2013 and July 2016). Note: On the February 2019 exam some students report that LLCs comprised part of the essay question while other students said the fact pattern touched upon LLPs. Once the Examiners release the exam questions for the February 2019 exam we will review them and update our predictions accordingly.

6. Decedents’ Estates (Wills)

Generally, the Examiners take turns testing Decedents’ Estates and Trusts. Occasionally, they don’t test either of these subjects on the exam (as was the case in February 2018). However, on the last two exams, the Examiners have tested Trusts each time! But Decedents’ Estates hasn’t been tested since July 2017! This makes it more likely that Decedents’ Estates will appear on the July 2019 MEE.

Wild Card: Secured Transactions

In choosing our wild card subject we were torn between Real Property and Secured Transactions. Secured Transactions was just tested in February 2019, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it were tested again this July. The Examiners usually like to alternate between testing Secured Transactions and Real Property. However, Secured Transactions has been tested more often over the course of the past few years and the Examiners also like to repeat at least one subject from the previous administration. Therefore, we ultimately chose Secured Transactions for our wild card subject. One commonly tested issue is whether the security interest survives upon the sale of the collateral, so take some time to review buyers in the ordinary course, buyers not in the ordinary course and consumer-to-consumer transactions. (But we still strongly recommend that students set aside ample time to study Real Property too!)

If you want to make your own predictions, please see our UBE frequency chart!

Note: We want to emphasize that you should not rely on these predictions! You should still study all of the subjects and focus on the most highly tested topics within each subject. We are simply letting you know our July 2019 MEE predictions.

Note: If you would like an overview of the most highly tested MEE topics as well as an overview of the topics that are most ripe for testing, sign up for our Multistate Essay Exam seminar! Our seminar covered over 90% of the topics tested on the July 2017 bar exam. We also covered many of the topics tested in July 2018 (though we did not cover 90%!). 

 

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