The Bar Exam Subjects Where You Should Focus Your Attention

Studying for the MBE isn't easy. Across the seven MBE subjects, there are so many issues that can come up on the exam. But you can get a good sense of what subjects arise most frequently on the MBE simply by looking at outlines provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), the people who write the MBE.

The subject matter outlines, which can be found here, go through all of the topics that will be tested across the seven MBE subjects. (By the way, the “seven” MBE subjects are really eight or nine - Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure are combined as one subject and Con Law is often taught as two separate classes in law school).

Make sure to read the blurb below each subject heading describing how questions are distributed. For example, there are four major areas of Con Law covered on the MBE, but half of all Con Law questions on the MBE come from just one area - individual rights. Similarly, half of the Torts questions come from just one of the five major Torts areas tested on the exam - negligence.

How is this useful for you? Well, the examiners are telling you what they're going to test most frequently. And the outline shows that you shouldn't give equal weight to all topics within an MBE subject.

Critical Pass flashcards are weighted to focus more on the heavily tested subjects. Similarly, you should balance your MBE studying accordingly. And be sure to nail down the subjects that you know the MBE tests most frequently.

Keep up the hard work.


MBE and MEE Essay Flashcards that help you learn and memorize key bar exam concepts, effectively and affordably.

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