Check Out This Bar Exam Essay Template

If you’re planning to take the Uniform Bar Exam, then you’re staring down the task of writing six essays in three hours. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t be! All you need is a really solid bar exam essay template!

With this handy template, you’ll be ready to crush the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) portion of the UBE. Let’s take a look at what subjects are tested on the MEE and then walk through a template you can use for every essay.


Subjects Tested on the Multistate Essay Exam

The six essays that make up the MEE are worth 30% of your UBE score. So, you’re going to want to spend a good part of your bar study time learning the topics tested on the MEE. To get you started, here are some of the subjects that may be covered by the MEE:

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Uniform Commercial Code

Some of these subjects are tested on the MBE portion of the bar exam, so your study time on these subjects will count double! However, some of the subjects are not tested on other parts of the bar exam and may be completely new to you. Be sure to review the entire MEE Subject Matter Outline provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners to get a comprehensive overview of all the subjects you may see on test day.

Now that you’ve got a sense of the subjects you’re likely to see on the MEE, let’s dive into the approach you should take to conquer these essay questions.

Bar Exam Essay Template

As you remember from your law school exams, outlining your essay is key to writing clearly and efficiently.  While you may not have fond memories of writing outlines for law school exams, the good news is that these skills will come in handy for the MEE. Bar exam essay outlines are very similar to the outlines you used to succeed in law school.

Here’s what to do:

  • First, start by outlining the issue presented by the essay prompt.
  • Next, move on quickly and jot down your notes on the rule of law or rules being tested.
  • Once you’ve sketched out the issue and the rules of law, then you’ll want to apply the rule or rules of law to the issue presented.
  • Finally, make a note of what your conclusion will be.

Use this same template for each bar exam essay that you’ll face. This strategy will save you precious time on the day of the test. Because you won’t be trying to decide how to organize your essay during the limited time that you’re given to read through the facts and write your response, you’ll have more time to answer all the questions. Additionally, by following this bar exam essay template, the grader will be able to follow your train of thought very easily and will likely award you more points than if they had to go digging to find your point.


There’s no doubt about it—the bar exam is an overwhelming and difficult task. However, the silver lining is that you already know the topics and the format you need to do well on the essay portion of the bar exam. All you need to do is follow the template outlined above and you’ll do well on the day of the bar exam. For more MEE tips, be sure to check out Multistate Essay Exam: Topics and Writing Advice.

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