cnk1220 wrote:I would say fairly reliable. We had trusts in Feb. 2017, so I would put more emphasis on Wills- learn the major things for wills like the elements of forming a will and how to spot if one or more is missing, changing a will/testator requirement/signature in the handwriting of the testator, revocation, undue influence, holographic wills, etc.
Thanks, CNK. So there are subjects that just aren't tested back-to-back and others that are fair game for each administration? While there's a fair probability of wills over trusts, we can't say the same about, say, an evidence question? You mentioned a family law & a trusts question. Is it pretty common for them to test 2-3 MEE only subjects in the MEE? It makes sense. I'm just wondering.
Thanks also for the link. I've been having a rough go scoring my answers alongside Barbri's. One of simulated exam questions involved a company town and a prohibition that effectively constituted a heckler's veto by proscribing unpopular ideas (or a foreseeable reaction to receiving information about an unfavorable idea). That struck me as a pretty straightforward SS analysis. But they ran it as content neutral and relying only intermediate scrutiny. Same result. Different analysis.
I wouldn't goes as far as to say: "there are subjects that just aren't tested back-to-back and others that are fair game for each administration" just because the NCBE is totally unpredictable- see July 2016's MEE exam- apparently there were a few topics out of left-field for them like repeating secured transactions and combining evidence with crim pro in 1 question which they hadn't done before. Also they left out wills and trusts and fam law on July 2016, however before that they had usually tested one of these 3 on almost every exam. However, because we just had trusts and fam+conflicts in Feb. 2017, I would be inclined to say Wills is more likely this time around, but as I mentioned, the NCBE is totally unpredictable, and with all the websites that post predictions online becoming greater, they may have caught onto this and decided to throw some curveballs so that test-takers have to study everything or are screwed- I know a lot of people who took July 2016 and didn't study secured trans. at all and were completely f*cked when it appeared as its not something you can just BS.
I would say there are topics that the NCBE likes to test more often than not, like family law and conflicts don't get repeated back to back to back as often as contracts or property would, but that's not to say the NCBE can't do as they please- as everything is fair game. I would say it's unlikely to re-test a certain issue in a subject back to back. For example- in Feb. 2017 we had property (landlord/tenant), and for contracts we had merchant/firm offer issue for our essays, if NCBE decides to repeat property and contracts it's more likely they would test on a different issue like mortgages/equitable servitude and third party beneficiaries (for example) rather than re-testing those specific issues they just tested.
As far as the number of MEE topics, in Feb. 2017 we had more MEE subjects (fam+conflicts/agency/corporations/trusts) vs. only 2 MBE topics (contracts/property) but in July 2016 it was the opposite, they had more MBE topics than MEE.
Hope this helps!