What is the MEE?

What is the MEE?

What is the MEE? The MEE is the Multistate Essay Examination. Created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), the MEE one part of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The MEE is also administered in some states that don’t use the MBE, so check to see if it’s a part of your state’s bar exam.

Since the MEE makes up 30% of your UBE score, let’s take a look at the essay topics covered by the MEE, how to prepare, and how to register for the exam.

What is the MEE Format?

The MEE contains six, thirty-minute essay questions. For those of you who love to write, this is your time to shine. You will be given a hypothetical situation and you will need to spot legal issues, identify relevant material, present a well-reasoned, cogent analysis, and demonstrate a solid understanding of the fundamental legal principles raised by the fact scenario.

All this you’ll need to convey in writing but don’t stress—with preparation, you’re going to crush the MEE. And remember, these are the exact skills you’ve been working on for the last three years in law school. To get a better sense of the MEE questions and analyses you’ll be expected to write, check out these sample MEE questions and answers.

Subjects Tested on the MEE

The MEE is testing a broad range of legal topics, and some questions may even test multiple areas of law. Some of the subjects that may be covered by the MEE questions are:

• Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
• 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

For even more MEE subjects, be sure to review the entire MEE Subject Matter Outline. You may even want to print this outline and keep it with your bar study materials for quick reference.

MEE registration and important dates

The MEE is administered by participating jurisdictions on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year. If the jurisdiction where you plan to test administers the MEE, you’ll be automatically registered for the exam with your bar exam registration. To register for the bar exam, you’ll need to create an account with NCBE. By registering, you’ll receive a special NCBE number, which you’ll need in order to register with the board of bar examiners for your state.

Recap

So, what is the MEE? The MEE is a writing-intensive exam that makes up an important part of the bar exam in many states. With six essay questions that test your ability to evaluate a hypothetical scenario and write a compelling, coherent analysis across a wide range of areas of law, this portion of the exam can be challenging. The weight of the MEE varies by jurisdiction. For jurisdictions that administer the UBE, the MEE is weighted at 30%.

Doing well on the MEE is crucial to passing the UBE, but luckily you’ve been working on the necessary skills for years. To learn even more about the UBE, be sure to check out our post “Important MBE Subjects: An Overview!”

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