A reader asked me to elaborate on the subject tiers to which I commonly refer. The tiers below aren't fast and hard - they're very fungible - but generally, they align with the frequency at which the VBBE tests on the various subjects. You should organize your studies accordingly.
FIRST TIER (probably one full essay each for two of the three subjects)
- VA Civ Pro
- Fed Jur.
FIRST TIER- / SECOND TIER-HYBRID (probably two full essays or partial essays on four of the six subjects)
- Domestic Relations
- Crim Law/Proc.
- Local Government Law
- Professional Responsibility
SECOND TIER (probably two full essays or partial essays on two of the seven subjects)
- Real Property
- Commercial Paper
- Secured Transactions
- Creditors' Rights
THIRD TIER (One full essay unlikely. Maybe one partial essay, if at all)
- Conflict of Laws
- Personal Property
Also, as I said before,
study similar subjects together. Commercial paper, secured transactions,
and creditors' rights go together. If there's a transactional essay,
it'll likely be from one of those three subjects. Corporations, agency,
and partnership go together. If there's an entity essay, it'll likely be
from one of those three subjects. Study Real Property and Sales while
you study for MBE Property and Contracts/Sales, respectively. VA Civ
Pro, Fed. Jur., and Equity go together. And so on. The majority of
Virginia essays are mixed subjects, so it's best to understand how the
various subjects interrelate with each other.