According to NCBE, “MBE scores are highly related to total bar exam scores.” I have likewise found that if examinees do well on the MBE, they typically pass the exam. This 175 page SEPERAC MBE OUTLINE is keyed to the 2019 NCBE Subject Matter outlines and broken down into 175 MBE categories that represent the ABC level items in the 2019 NCBE Subject Matter outlines. For each of the 175 categories, this outline contains the black letter law expected to be tested on the F19 MBE. In addition, the expected number of MBE questions on the upcoming F19 MBE is reported for each of the 175 categories. There are 25 pages of black letter law for each MBE subject and I regard each page of black letter law as representing one expected MBE question.
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The majority of my time is spent trying to better understand what is tested on the MBE and making an outline that reflects those beliefs that is proportional to the amounts those items will contribute to your score. The result is 175 pages of black letter law (25 pages per MBE subject) where each page is expected to represent 1 question you will see on the MBE. While most bar outlines suffer from outline bloat (always adding content but never re-balancing), this outline only contains what I expect to be tested and is proportioned accordingly (meaning you are taking calculated risks using my materials). For example, my section on RAP is much smaller than any similarly sized bar outline. Meanwhile, my section on DJ is much larger than similarly sized outlines. However, subscribers should treat this outline as their MBE study bible because it is a very concise outline that pinpoints what will be on the exam, both proportionally and contextually, making it an excellent reflection of the F19 MBE exam. For example, the new areas the MBE currently tests (e.g. Fair Housing Act, broker’s commissions, title insurance, zoning/non-conforming uses, voluminous summaries, and many more) are proportionally and contentually covered in the outline. I strongly believe you can pick up 3-6 MBE points just from this outline’s coverage of these new MBE areas (which most other outlines fail to cover appropriately). In contrast, if something is not significantly covered in the black letter law sections of this outline, it is not important for the upcoming exam.
The outline content is proportioned based on the 2019 NCBE MBE Subject Matter Outline (along with what I expect to be tested on the upcoming MBE). For example, based on the NBCE Subject Matter outline, the subject of Real Property consists of five categories: (1) Ownership; (2) Rights in Land; (3) Contracts; (4) Mortgages; and (5) Titles. Each category is equally weighted, meaning each category will represent 20% of your Real Property MBE score. However, if you look at the MBE outlines of the big bar reviews, you would not see anything remotely close to these proportions. For example, 44% of Barbri’s Real Property outline is based on category 1 (Ownership) even though it is only 20% of an examinee’s MBE score. Meanwhile, 7% of Barbri’s Real Property outline is based on category 3 (Contracts) even though it is 20% of an examinee’s MBE score. Likewise, 8% of Barbri’s Real Property outline is based on category 4 (Mortgages) even though it is 20% of an examinee’s MBE score. Kaplan and Themis are similar. For Kaplan, 45% of Kaplan’s Real Property outline is based on category 1 (Ownership); 9% is based on category 3 (Contracts) and 9% is based on category 4 (Mortgages). For Themis, 36% of Themis’ Real Property MBE outline is based on category 1 (Ownership); 9% is based on category 3 (Contracts) and 12% is based on category 4 (Mortgages). In contrast, my MBE outline consists of about 175 pages of black letter law where each page is intended to represent one MBE question. The one thing I can assure you about my outline is that you are wasting very little time when you read it – almost every piece of information is relevant to the upcoming MBE exam.
I limit the black letter law to one page per expected MBE question. Thus, my outline cannot cover everything and information that I regard as less important is omitted. It is easy and it is safe to just keep adding to an outline. This is why I feel that the outlines of other bar reviews get so bloated and out of proportion – something gets tested so they add it to their outline, so over time the outline just grows and grows, often rather disproportionately. The bar reviews never seem to take a look at the overview and re-balance based on what is currently tested. Perhaps they feel it is dangerous to remove something that was tested in the past in the event it is tested again in the future. A good example of this is with Natural Rights/Riparian Rights (6 pages in the Barbri outline although it is no longer tested on the MBE). So what happens? Aside from lacking information on newly tested topics (e.g. FHA, broker commissions), you also waste your time studying material that you likely don’t need to study. For examinees with good memories, this really isn’t a big deal. For examinees with lower ability, this is a big deal.
I advise examinees to use my MBE Rules outline (separate subscription) in tandem with this MBE outline. The MBE Rules outline contains 1,810 rules based on the released NCBE questions from 1991 to present (1991 MBE exams: 400 rules, 1992 MBE exam: 531 rules, 1998 MBE exam: 200 rules, older NCBE sample questions:45 rules, 2006 OPE-1 exam: 100 rules, 2008 OPE-2 exam: 100 rules, 2011 OPE-3 exam: 100 rules, 2013 OPE-4 exam: 100 rules, 2017 MBE Study Aid: 210 rules, 2017 Civil Procedure Sample questions: 10 rules, and 2017 Sample MBE questions: 21 rules). This means you will see every legal concept that NCBE has released as a practice question from 1991 to present. If you answer the released NCBE questions, this serves as a great second perspective and if you don’t answer all the released NCBE questions, it serves as an excellent hedge. This is about as compete a picture as you can have of the current MBE exam. Within each category, the rules are sorted based on the importance of the question source. For example, the 2017 MBE Study Aid rules are listed first while the MBE 1991 exam rules are listed last (at the end of each rule is a parenthetical suffix to tell you from which exam the rule is based on). If you are very short on time, this is an exellent way to pick up the most important law in the least amount of time. While the cost for the MBE Rules subscription is $250, examinees subscribed to the MBE Outline Subscription can upgrade to the MBE Combined Outline subscription (which is my 285 page outline consisting of my 175 page MBE black letter law outline with the 1,800+ MBE rules built into it) for a discounted price of $150.
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