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Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) is a collection of 30-minute essay questions and is administered by participating jurisdictions on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year. The MEE has traditionally offered seven questions per examination, with most jurisdictions selecting six questions from the seven.

Applicants should contact the jurisdiction where admission is being sought to ascertain whether the MEE is part of the jurisdiction’s examination. A regularly updated list of contact information for the jurisdictions appears on the Bar Admission Offices page. 

The MEE is but one of a number of measures that a board of bar examiners may use in determining competence to practice. Each jurisdiction determines its own policy with regard to the relative weight given to the MEE and other scores. Grading of the MEE is the exclusive responsibility of the jurisdiction administering the exam. Any questions about scoring procedures should be directed to the jurisdiction, not to NCBE.

Specifications for the MEE Will Change Beginning with the July 2007 Administration!
The February 2007 MEE will again offer seven questions for jurisdictions to choose from. The areas of law that may be covered by the questions are: Agency and Partnership, Commercial Paper (Negotiable Instruments), Conflict of Laws, Corporations and Limited Liability Companies, Decedents’ Estates, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Sales, Secured Transactions, and Trusts and Future Interests. Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law.

NEW: For the July 2007 MEE, new test specifications are being introduced and the number of questions available to jurisdictions will be increased to nine. Jurisdictions will be able to select the specific questions they wish to administer for each examination. Applicants should check with the jurisdiction in which they will be testing to find out whether the jurisdiction administers the MEE and if so, how many MEE questions will be administered.

Areas of law that may be covered on the July 2007 MEE include the following: Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Commercial Paper (Negotiable Instruments); Secured Transactions). Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law.

*MEE Study Aids and Information Guides

MEE Information Booklet
MEE Study Guides
Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements
MEE Info Book Provides the applicant with a description of the MEE, outlines of the subject matter covered, and representative sample questions.
MEE Question and Analyses Includes questions from MEE and model analyses--illustrative of the discussions that may appear in excellent answers.
2007 Comp Guide General guide to questions concerning bar admissions within each jurisdiction. Includes directory of State Bar Admission Agencies.


*Additional study aids may be available for purchase at the NCBE Online Store


Description of the MEE
Jurisdictions Using the MEE
Why Jurisdictions May Want to Implement the MEE

MEE Sample Questions

MEE Sample Question 1
MEE Sample Question 2
MEE Sample Question 3
MEE Sample Question 4
MEE Sample Question 5
MEE Sample Question 6
MEE Sample Question 7

Subject Matter Outlines

Business Associations
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law and Procedure
Family Law
Federal Civil Procedure
Real Property
Trusts and Estates
Uniform Commercial Code

MEE Test Dates

February 27, 2007
July 24, 2007


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