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CHANGE IS COMING TO THE MBE.

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By Mike Sims, BARBRI President

Rumors have been swirling for years, but now it’s official:   Civil Procedure is being added to the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) beginning with the February 2015 bar exam.

In a recent memo to law school deans, Erica Moeser, the President of the National Conference of  Bar Examiners (the good people who bring you the MBE and all of the other multistate exams) announced that the 200 question, multiple-choice examination will include the following subjects:

  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Evidence
  • Civil Procedure

The new MBE will feature 27 scored questions in each subject except contracts, which will have 28 scored questions (190 questions are scored each exam, while 10 questions are unscored pre-test items).

The NCBE plans to release specific test coverage outlines for Civil Procedure later this year.

THIS CHANGE SHOULD HELP MOST BAR TAKERS

In many states, Civil Procedure is already an essay subject.  Learning it for the essay will help you on the MBE.   For everyone else, adding a new subject to the MBE will reduce the overall negative effect of scoring lower on a single subject.

WE’RE ALREADY CREATING THE TOOLS YOU NEED

The BARBRI editorial team has already been working on materials to help you prepare for Civil Procedure on the MBE.  We’ll be ready well before February 2015 so you’ll be BARBRI ready when you take the new MBE.