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You Think You Wrote That, But You Didn’t: A Guide to Analysis On The Bar Exam


“The Goal of the MEE is to have Examinees Apply the Relevant Law to the Facts Stated in the Problem”

That is what the NCBE people say.

“Help me-I’m bleeding” is an “excited utterance.”

That is what you say. “See, I wrote what they told me to write.”

You Did Not.

Witness’s out-of-court statement “Help Me-I’m bleeding!” is an excited utterance, because she described bleeding, which is a startling event, and her shouting “Help” shows that she was still under the stress of that event.

Now You Did!

Things to Avoid When Writing:

  1. The Facts and Noting but the Facts: This rehashed information set forth in the essay question, and while it sounds like you are saying stuff, you aren’t analyizing anything.
  2.  Oops I Did It Again: The redundant answer. You are talking, but yuou are not covering new ground or analysis
  3.  Hold On I Am Almost Done: You ran out of time, so you outline. No. Do not run out of time.
  4. Work Work Work Work Work: Your answer is in there but the grader has to work too hard to find it.


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