Applicable Law on the MBE
What You’ll Learn:
- What Law to Apply when Answering MBE Questions
- The Default Statutes & Rules to Apply for certain MBE Subject Areas
In addition to the scope, the MBE Subject Matter Outline also gives “instructions” as to what rules/statutes to apply for specific subject areas. For example, it specifies to assume that joint and several liability with pure comparative negligence applies for Torts questions (unless noted otherwise).
Below is a summary of the MBE “instructions” found in that outline.
Answer ALL questions according to generally accepted fundamental legal principles.
Unless otherwise indicated in the question, assume that:
- Civil Procedure: The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are applicable;
- Civil Procedure: Title 28 of the U.S. Code is applicable for trial and appellate jurisdiction, venue, and transfer;
- Constitutional Law: The terms “Constitution,” “constitutional,” and “unconstitutional” refer to the federal U.S. Constitution;
- Contracts: The Official Text of Articles 1 and 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code are applicable;
- Evidence: The Federal Rules of Evidence are applicable;
- Torts: Survival actions and claims for wrongful death are available; and
- Torts: Joint and several liability, with pure comparative negligence, is the relevant rule.
Other than the above, assume that there is NO applicable statute unless otherwise noted in the question.