Friday, March 15, 2013

A New Addition to the Multistate Bar Exam

The National Conference of Bar Examiners has announced upcoming changes to the Multistate Bar Examination.  Civil Procedure is being added as the seventh content area on the MBE.  Many of us knew that this addition was being contemplated, but we did not anticipate that this change would be implemented so quickly.

Per the NCBE memo, Civil Procedure will be added to the MBE beginning with the February 2015 bar examination.  Thus, the number of questions per topic area will decrease.  Once Civil Procedure is added, there will be 28 questions covering Contracts, and 27 questions covering each of the six remaining topics (Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, Property, and Torts). 

For some students, four less Property questions is a reason to celebrate!  While for others, taking an advanced Civil Procedure class may be a wise option.  Stay tuned for more information regarding the coverage for the Civil Procedure MBE questions.  The Civil Procedure content outlines will be updated by June 30, 2013.  However, for now, you can review the Civil Procedure MEE content outlines to get an idea of what to expect.

Lisa Young

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