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The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) is the essay portion of the UBE, testing the applicant’s knowledge of 12 areas of substantive law through a series of six 30-minute essays. It is administered on the afternoon of the first day of the UBE in one three-hour session. Missouri and North Dakota became the first two jurisdictions to adopt the UBE, administering the first UBE in February 2011. By June 2020, over 67% of the jurisdictions in the United States had adopted the UBE. The list of UBE jurisdictions continues to grow, so always check the NCBE’s website for the most up-to-date list of UBE jurisdictions.


As a whole, the MEE section of the UBE is weighted as 30 percent of an examinee’s UBE score. That means that each MEE is worth 5 percent of your total UBE score. While the weight of the MEE section is set by the NCBE, it is up to each UBE jurisdiction to decide how it grades its examinee’s MEEs. Some states use a 6-point grading rubric for MEEs, whereas other states use a 10-point grading rubric. If your state uses a 6-point scale, you want to aim for at least a 4 on each MEE. If your state uses a 10-point scale, you want to aim for at least a 7 on each MEE.


Sometimes it is stressful to think about practicing enough essays to cover all the subjects that may be tested on the day of the exam as well as all the possible sub-topics that may be tested within each subject. We suggest that you do a combination of writing, outlining, and reading essays for each subject that is tested so that you practice your writing and outlining skills while maximizing your exposure to the “types” of essays tested within a subject.


And to make life a little bit easier for you, we have done specific breakdowns per subject on the sub-topics tested for each topic on the MEE.




Below in a list of all of the torts sub-topics tested on the Multistate Essay Examination between 2011-2020 along with the accompanying year.


  1. Intentional Torts
    • Battery (Feb 2011)
    • False Imprisonment (Feb 2012)
  2. Defenses to Intentional Torts
    • Consent (Feb 2011)
  3. Negligence (Feb 2012, July 2012, Feb 2015, July 2015, July 2016, July 2017, Feb 2019)
    1. Duty and Standards of Care
      1. Children (July 2015)
        1. Owners and Occupiers of Land
          • Trespassers
            • Attractive Nuisance (July 2015)
          • Licensees (July 2015)
          • Invitees (July 2012)
        2. General Duty to Act (July 2012)
    2. Statutory Standards
      • Negligence Per Se (Feb 2015)
      • Meeting statutory requirements (July 2017, Feb 2019)
    3. Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress (Feb 2012)
    4. Eggshell Plaintiff (Feb 2011, July 2012)
    5. Defenses to Negligence
      • Contributory Negligence
        • Comparative Negligence (July 2015)
    6. Causation
      1. Proximate Cause (July 2013, July 2017, Feb 2019) G Res Ipsa Loquitor (Feb 2019)
  4. Products Liability
    1. Strict Liability (Feb 2011, July 2016)
  5. General Torts Principles
    1. Vicarious Liability (Feb 2011, Feb 2012, July 2013, Feb 2015, July 2017)
    2. Contribution and Indemnification (Feb 2015)
  6. Strict Liability
    1. Abnormally Dangerous Activities (July 2017)
  7. Damages
    1. Joint and Several Liability (Feb 2019)

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