Is there a “right” answer to the MEE?

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Is there a “right” answer to the MEE?

Postby Calbears123 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:50 am

Barbri lecture on the MEE states that unlike law school exam the MEE has correct answers so your conclusion is important.

On the other hand, some of the subject lecturers have said for certain issues your conclusions do not matter because there is unlikely to be a right answer and just have good analysis of how the facts relate to the law.

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Re: Is there a “right” answer to the MEE?

Postby sarahbeck10 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:00 pm

Calbears123 wrote:Barbri lecture on the MEE states that unlike law school exam the MEE has correct answers so your conclusion is important.

On the other hand, some of the subject lecturers have said for certain issues your conclusions do not matter because there is unlikely to be a right answer and just have good analysis of how the facts relate to the law.



It depends what type of question it is. You will likely face both types of questions in the MEE.
Some questions will say something like the following:
-Is the Plaintiff likely to succeed in their action?
Where you would likely need to identify what their cause of action/basis for lawsuit would be and analyze under the possible theories for points. Even though it warrants a yes/no conclusion, depending on how you argue under different theories, everyone will give different weight to different things and argue them differently to come up with different conclusions.


Other types of questions will ask something like:
-Is there an agreement between A and B?
Comes up in contracts questions. You would need to know the correct law and elements in order to properly and fully analyze the question to come up with the answer sought. That said, there is still a possibility you would come up with a different answer than some people depending on how you present the facts for each element. The important thing would be to correctly and fully state the law and weigh every relevant fact, without leaving anything out. The conclusion could then go either way, even if most people would answer one or the other.

I believe the important thing for the MEE is to be able to identify the issue, correctly state the law and elements of the law/rule, analyze the rule using the relevant facts and making sure to address everything, and use proper organization. I think you can get high scores on your essay regardless of the conclusion you come to if you do the above. Don't focus your studying so much on right and wrong answers for essays. Rather, make sure you know the law and are able to recite it in an essay. Also, become familiar with the types of questions asked so you can correctly insert facts into your analysis and are familiar with what they're looking for.

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Re: Is there a “right” answer to the MEE?

Postby SilvermanBarPrep » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:55 am

It really does depend on how we define "right." The conclusion is certainly the least important part, so there is no right conclusion that is going to determine whether you pass or don't pass any given essay. But there is a right way to work your way to whatever conclusion you end up drawing. The graders are very much focused on your analysis--so spotting the correct issues, stating the correct rules of law, and then analyzing those issues correctly earn you the points. But those issues are often set up so that they can be argued in more than one way which is why a definite conclusion is of little importance and oftentimes it's beneficial not to be entirely certain with some conclusions.

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