Over the past dozen years, I have examined the scores and essays of thousands of bar candidates which has led me to develop a very good understanding of what it takes to pass the bar exam. This UBE Essays subscription site contains bar preparation materials not available anywhere else that are designed to fill the gaps that examinees encounter during their MEE and MPT study. A UBE Essays subscription is the perfect complement to a full bar review course – I regard these materials as essential for anyone looking to bolster their MEE and MPT performance on the exam, especially those who plan limited preparation for the written portion of the exam. For example, a re-taker who passed J18 with an MBE of 144.5 and total score was 275 told me: “I was able to identify my strengths (MBE) and to enhance those strengths by allocating a higher share of prep time to those areas. My goal was to hit 80% in Torts, Con Law, Criminal Law/Pro, and Contracts which left me with only needing 60% in the remaining three subjects to score around 70%. I am a hand-writer who inevitably misallocates time causing my essay organization to suffer. I used your UBE Essay subscription intermittently for the last two weeks of bar prep, and was the only essay prep I used. I found it very helpful, the fact that I was even close to the cut score with essays is a testament to that.”
An account to UBE Essays.com can significantly benefit you if:
A UBE Essays account includes the licensed MEEs, but I transform them into more efficient study tools (e.g. an outline specifically for MEE Issue Spotting along with MP3s of the MEE questions and answers to create different memory impressions). This UBE Essays subscription will give you a lot of insight into what is required of you on the MEE and MPT (looking only at exemplar answers will often create unrealistic expectations). For example, the site contains proprietary MEE and MPT Comparators based on thousands of graded examinee essays. For example, an examinee who significantly improved on the MEE/MPT after using only the Comparators told me: "I did much better on my essays this time due in large part to your comparison tool. I found that to be extremely helpful." This examinee’s written average went from 58th percentile to 96th percentile among the failing examinees who sent me their scores. Put simply, in the span of a few hours, you can see how hundreds of passing examinees organized and wrote their MEE/MPT answers and you will start to see what a good MEE/MPT consists of from essentially the same perspective as the grader.
With the bar exam changing, these time-saving study materials/tools represent the next generation of bar preparation. The UBE Essays subscription package consists of the following materials/tools intended to efficiently improve your MEE/MPT performance on the current exam:
MEE/MPT Essay Comparison Banks – There are 71 different MEE/MPT Comparison Banks (based on 36 different MEE questions and 25 different MPT questions) each containing actual graded examinee MEE/MPT essays where you can not only see the scored answers in PDF form, but you can compare them to other scored answers in text form with any commonalities hyperlinked. For example, an examinee who passed F19 with a written of 145 after failing J18 with a written of 121 told me “Many thanks for your precious advice and for your very very helpful essay comparisons – I doubt I would have improved my MEE score so much without these.” Click here to read more about this or here to view a sample.
Released MEE Essay Compilation – this is a WORD file of all the released MEE questions and answers from 1995 to present (50 exams) in a single document where the information is edited and arranged in a certain way to make MEE studying/practice much more efficient. Click here to read more about this or here to view a sample.
Released MEE Essay MP3s – 47 hours of MP3 audio files covering the last 200+ MEE questions and NCBE Answer Analyses (from July 2007 to present). Click here to read more about this or here to listen to a sample.
MEE Issue Spotting Practice Outline – contains every released MEE question from 2002 to present (200+ MEE questions) grouped by subject with the questions sorted from newest to oldest with the corresponding issues and short answers for issue spotting practice. Click here to read more about this or here to view a sample.
MEE Issue Spotting Practice MP3s – 20 hours of MP3 audio files (including MP3s broken down by subject) in the same format as the MEE Issue Spotting Practice Outline. Click here to read more about this or here to listen to a sample.
MPT Format Bible – contains each MPT tested on the New York Bar exam since July 2001 (when the MPT was first introduced). This MPT document should serve as your bible for learning MPT formats. Click here to read more about this or here to view a sample.
Visit the Study Suggestions Blog page or click on any of the above links to learn more about each feature or watch the below video for an explanation tutorial of the MEE/MPT Comparison Banks:
A clever person learns from his own mistakes, but a wise person learns from others’ mistakes. With these Comparison Banks, you can not only learn from the mistakes of others, but you can also learn from their achievements (so that you can avoid making your own mistakes).
One of the best (and most unique) features of the UBE Essays subscription are the extensive MEE and MPT Comparison Banks. I strongly believe examinees learn by example and seeing how examinees assemble their answers can help you immensely in understanding how to assemble your own answers. For example, telling an examinee they need to weave the facts from the question into their answer is advice everyone gives, but low-ability examinees do not truly understand what this means until they see it in practice repeatedly. When you use these MEE/MPT Comparators to compare high scoring examinee answers to the question to see how those examinees used the facts in the question and then compare lower scoring examinee answers to the question, you start to recognize the things the high scoring candidates do that the low scoring candidates do not. It is this process of deconstruction that leads to better future written answers. In a sense, you are putting yourself into the shoes of the grader, seeing what the grader is seeing, and learning why a grader decides one answer deserves a higher score than another.
NOTE: For the F20 exam, I provided my “Top 50 MEE” outline to any F20 UBE Essays subscriber who was willing to confirm his or her status as an F20 examinee. Although there are 300+ released MEE essays, this outline contains the top 50 MEE essays I expect to have topics repeated in some fashion on the upcoming MEE. This outline is based on the same topic priorities as my UBE Master outline (which is part of my UBE Course), but since I am only identifying full essays, it is not as transparent as to which topics I regard as most important or least important for the upcoming MEE. However, in my UBE Course, I strongly advise the tutees to know these 50 MEE essays better than any other MEE essays.
While I won’t make any guarantees, I will likely offer this outline to J20 UBE Essays subscribers who confirm their examinee status (although this outline will not be released until sometime in late-June 2020). Based on past results, you can usually expect these essays to cover at least 50% of the issues in at least two MEE questions. For example, a repeater who passed F20 with a written of 160 (previously failed with a written of 129) told me: “Spent the Monday reviewing the top 50 essays though which again was extremely helpful. Wish I’d done that earlier to be honest as the essays are extremely helpful in solidifying knowledge and putting what feel like obscure rules into meaningful context (when you see them applied to an understandable fact pattern).” Another examinee who passed F20 with a written of 147 told me: “Finally, the top 50 was perfect for me because I worked full time until two weeks prior to the exam. It gave me something to focus on and outline my answers.“
This Top 50 MEE is generally on point with each exam. For example, one J19 UBE Essays subscriber who passed with a written of 143 told me: “Again, your materials really made the difference for me, and focusing on the MBE and Top 50 essays as you suggested. Thank you so very very much!” Another J19 subscriber who passed with a written of 140 told me: “Just wanted to let you know that I passed the Washington UBE with a score of 279. You had predicted that I would score a 290, so not far off! This was my second attempt (sat for Florida first time). Please let me know what I need to fill out for you so that you can use my statistics for others in the future. I relied heavily on your program and did not take a traditional bar course. I am quite certain that I would not have passed without your MEE/MPT materials. What was especially useful was the top 50 rules outline that you sent to us weeks before the exam. Thank you for all your help, I am eternally grateful.” Another J19 UBE Essays subscriber who passed told me: “I wasn’t sure if there was a form on your website where you wanted follow up info on our scores, but I just received my scores from Arizona. Total combined: 320 MBE: 159.1 Scaled written portion: 160.7. The essay subscription was very helpful because of the way the essays and answers were formatted. Overall, using the materials made me feel more confident for the essay portion. What ended up being the most helpful thing for me was the compilation of the 50 essays with issues you thought might be tested again. Those were very spot on from what I remember. I only read essays in the subjects that I felt I needed the most help in, though. I wish I would have spent more time reading that whole compilation a few times instead of attempting practice essays. But even just reading some of that compilation helped. I was also spending time going through the critical pass flashcards. The written material from the subscription can be overwhelming, but the organization of it is good and easy to navigate. I also listened to some of the audio files while driving and as a break. The audio files were great and I haven’t seen that anywhere else so that really attracted me to your subscription.”
A F19 examinee who passed with a written of 140 told me: “I relied heavily on your program and did not take a traditional bar course. I am quite certain that I would not have passed without your MEE/MPT materials. What was especially useful was the top 50 rules outline that you sent to us weeks before the exam. Thank you for all your help, I am eternally grateful.” One J18 examinee who used it told me: “ … It was amazingly helpful in studying the last week of my bar prep … It really was a huge part in building my confidence and receiving almost all 4s on my MEE section.” An examinee who passed in F18 with a written of 155.2 (MBE of 158.8 and UBE of 314) told me: “in the last week I would spend 2 hour reciting the rules and checking if they were right and then reading through your top 50 essays over and over. … I spent the last week reviewing your top 50 essays 3-4 times through with first pass taking 4 days and then skimming through all 50 each morning leading up to exam for highly tested areas.” A foreign examinee subscriber who passed in J17 with an MBE of 162.7 and UBE of 327 told me the following: “For the MEE, on hindsight, doing and re-doing your top 50 essays document alone would also have sufficed as they were extremely spot-on.”
Updates are posted to the UBE Essays site on a rolling basis. Generally, the most recent MEE essays are added to the compilations about two months before next exam (e.g. F20 MEE essays and MP3s would be added in late-June 2020 while J20 essays and MP3s would be added in late-December 2020) while the MEE and MPT Comparisons are updated about one month before the exam (e.g. the Comparisons of F20 examinee essays/MPTs would not be added until July 2020). However, if you are sitting for a February exam, you should be looking exclusively at the February Comparisons (F19, F18, F17, etc) because they better reflect the scale and quality of candidate you will be competing against. It will simply give you a more realistic idea of what you need to write since the model answers are rather unrealistic of a typical examinee.