Sunday, March 24, 2013

Civil Procedure Will Be On the MBE in February 2015

Attention, law students and perennial bar takers --

You knew this day would come. All those weird quasi-civil procedure questions that we saw over the last couple years foreshadowed the NCBE's recent announcement. Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure will be added to the MBE. (See the official announcement here.)

The MBE's format will remain in line with today's standard. 200 questions, 190 of which are scored, divided among seven subjects as follows: Contracts & Sales (28 questions); Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts (27 questions per subject). 

For many bar examinees, Civil Procedure will be an un-welcomed addition to the MBE. The coverage of law within each subject is already vast; adding a seventh subject will spread the questions even thinner. On the other hand, some of you would accept any change as long as that change meant fewer Contracts or Real Property questions. Nonetheless, Civil Procedure will make the MBE experience all the more interesting. 

How, exactly, the addition will affect scores remains to be seen. On June 30th, 2013, the NCBE will release "test specifications" for Civil Procedure, which I'm translating to mean an outline of issues the MBE will test. Stay tuned for more.

All to say, if Civil Procedure is your Achilles heel, get yourself into an exam chair no later than July 2014. If you're a current 1L, then get off YouTube and pay more attention in Civil Procedure class.

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