Be Smarter: Optimize Your Bar Prep & Study More Efficiently

Our research-backed outlines & study tools help you optimize your study time by focusing on the highly tested MEE & MBE topics and rules.

We’ve Done the Research & Heavy Lifting

We are experts on the bar exam and have invested thousands of hours analyzing past exams and testing patterns to discover the subjects, topics, and rules that are most important to the bar examiners.

We have meticulously catalogued these topics & rules into High/Medium/Low categories, so you can easily see what’s highly tested and prioritize your studying.

Simply put, we help you invest 100% of your study time on the topics that are most likely to show up on your exam. There’s no need to stress. With our help, you can say goodbye to that endless mountain of information and hello to a succinct, highly effective study process.

As Featured In: Bar Exam Toolbox

“Smart Bar Prep is a great way for you to easily identify the subject areas and rules where you should focus the majority of your time and attention.”

The Best Outlines & Study Tools Bundled Together to Help You Crush the MEE and MBE Sections of the Bar Exam

See What’s Included

Part 1. UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline

Our 2-part system starts with the Essay Priority Outline. This incredible outline:

  • Contains ALL 570 rules tested in the last 48 MEE exams (Feb. 1995 to July 2018).
  • Charts each rule’s Frequency, and lists the specific exams the rule was tested.
  • Provides a Priority Rating (High/Med/Low) for each rule – so you can see the most important rules at a glance.
  • Includes model rule statements to ALL 570 rules tested in the last 48 MEE exams (covering 352 essays over 24 years).
  • PLUS, additional rules are included for the six MBE subjects that have only been tested on the essays since July 2007: Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.
  • Is written so it’s simple to understand with important legal phrases, concepts, and terms emphasized.
  • Provides the detail required to adequately answer an essay question.
  • Is organized how the bar examiners test rules on the MEE essays.
  • Includes MEE Tips in the right sidebar – these provide tips and insights on how the MEE tests certain topics and when to apply certain rules on the exam.

OUR OUTLINES ARE UPDATED FOR THE FEBRUARY 2019 BAR EXAM

Part 2. Attack Sheets

Condensed Attack Sheets for the MEE & MBE Subjects

Now that you have a guide for your studying, it’s time to dive in head first.  Use our Condensed Attack Sheets – to help you quickly memorize the important rules and topics.

The Attack Sheets include:

  • Clear and concise rule statements for the MBE & MEE subjects
  • 2 to 7 pages of succinct explanation per subject
  • Easy to read format, and organized by topic
  • Shows the most important rules at a glance
  • Provides a focus for the high priority MEE & MBE topics
  • The topic breakdowns are concise (but not too concise) to study the law tested on the MBE & MEE

Our attack sheets are specifically designed to be used for both MEE & MBE studying, and are perfect for memorization in the weeks and days leading up to the exam. They allow you to quickly condense rule statements into clusters, helping you spot and analyze issues likely to be tested together.

Our Smart Study System Also Includes:

Bonus # 1: Sorted MEE Frequency Analysis

Next, we use our Sorted Frequency Analysis to help you further identify topics that are worth studying. This analysis:

  • Is sorted from most to least tested, both overall and within each subject area.
  • Can be used as a checklist to make sure you’re studying all of the important rules.
  • Contains cross-references to the page numbers where the rules appear in the Essay Priority Outline.

Bonus # 2: Smart Guide to the MEE

A study guide that simplifies and explains how to prepare for the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), with tips, strategies, and step-by-step approaches to maximize your score.

Our Smart Guide to the MEE covers key aspects of how the MEE works and how to maximize your essay score, including:

  • Our Step-by-Step Approach on How to Read, Organize, & Draft Your Essay Answer… including the Format to Use
  • 15 MEE Tips to Increase Your MEE Score
  • How to Study & Prepare for the MEE – Our 5-Step Approach with Tips & Best Practices
  • How to Effectively use Model Essay Answers vs. Released Examinee Answers
  • Essay Grading & Scoring – How your MEE score is calculated

Bonus # 3: Smart Guide to the MBE

Our Smart Guide to the MBE breakdowns and explains exactly how to prepare for the MBE section of the bar exam, including the study method the creator of SmartBarPrep used to score a 171.1 on the MBE (top 5%)!

Also included are tips, strategies, and step-by-step approaches to maximize your score, including:

  • Understanding & Deconstructing the MBE – Format, Subjects/Law Tested, Timing & Pace
  • How Many Questions to Expect for Each Subject and Sub-Topic (Chart Included)
  • The Structure of MBE Questions and Answer Choices
  • MBE Preparation the Right Way … Our Step-by-Step Study Strategy to Obtain a High MBE Score
  • Test Day Tips & Strategies
  • MBE Scoring – How your MBE score is calculated

… AND, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE YOUR STUDYING TO THE NEXT LEVEL, WE NOW OFFER:

Deluxe Package

Flash Cards

We also provide a selection of Flash Cards to study both the MBE and MEE subjects:

  • Includes over 650 digital flash cards
  • Shows key concepts in question and answer format
  • Contains the rule priority (high, medium, low) for MEE topics
  • Can be used on your mobile device
  • Useful for reinforcing your knowledge of rules and committing them to memory
  • Ideal for memorizing rules with multiple elements

These flash cards are the perfect tool for memorizing complex laws on the go.

These digital flashcards are downloadable in PDF format, and instructions are included to load the flashcards onto your phone or tablet (i.e. iPhone, iPad, or Android device).

Ultimate Package

The Perfect MEE Practice Materials.

Smart Essay Review & Issue Spotting

Finally, it’s time to apply what you’ve learned with the MEE Issue Spotting & Quick Review:

  • Contains past MEE essay questions & summary answers (from Feb. 2004 through July 2018)
  • Helps you quickly review past essays to see how questions are structured
  • Helps you practice your issue spotting ability – perfect for learning to read essay fact patterns and improving spotting issues
  • Organized by subject area in reverse chronological order

Past MEE Exams

You will also have access to actual Past MEE Exams (Questions & Model Analyses)

Studying the law isn’t enough to do well. You also need to practice. We have licensed real MBE and Essay Questions used on past exams so you can perfect taking the exam before you step foot in the exam room.

  • Contains all of the MEE exams (Feb. 1997 – July 2018)
  • Full model answers to the MEE essay questions
  • Further clarification and understanding to boost your knowledge
  • Contains the full MEE analyses

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UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE

$124

DELUXE PACKAGE

UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE
  • Digital PDF Flashcards (can be used on an iPhone/iPad or Android Device)

$169

ULTIMATE PACKAGE

UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE
  • Digital PDF Flashcards (can be used on an iPhone/iPad or Android Device)
  • Smart Essay Review & Issue Spotting (Feb. 2004 – July 2018 exams)
  • Past MEE Essays & Analyses (Feb. 1997 – July 2018 exams)

$199

30 Day Guarantee
If after reading through our outlines and study guides, you aren’t happy for any reason, just email us within 30 days of purchase and you’ll receive a full refund. We obviously don’t think it’ll come to that, but if you’re even the least bit worried, then put your mind at ease.

The Secret Behind SmartBarPrep

The problem with most preparation materials is that they don’t do enough hard research using ACTUAL exams. The typical bar exam outline or study guide tells you every rule imaginable but does not provide any clear guide as to what rules matter most.

It got us thinking…could we do better?

Our answer, SmartBarPrep’s Essay Priority Outline, is based on the analysis of past Uniform Bar Exam/Multistate Essay Exam (UBE/MEE) essays.  It would take you over 1,000 hours of reading, analyzing, compiling, and drafting to equal the information at your fingertips in our outlines and study guides.

Here is the method used to create the SmartBarPrep Essay Priority Outline:

The National Conference of Bar Examiners releases past exam questions along with student answers for each question approximately 3 months after the exam.  This has allowed us to compile statistics from the last 48 UBE/MEE Bar Exams (February 1995 to July 2018) by analyzing every issue and rule that was tested.

Every topic tested on the UBE/MEE Bar essays is compiled here!

The 80/20 Rule in Action

We are a firm believer in the 80/20 Rule developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. In short, the rule says that in almost anything in life, only a few things (the 20%) are essential, while the rest (the remaining 80%) are trivial.

After thousands of hours in review, the SmartBarPrep team proved that this rule can be applied to the bar exam. In line with the 80/20 Rule, patterns emerged. The most noticeable was that the bar examiners tested some material more frequently than others.

For example, whenever a Civil Procedure question appeared on the UBE/MEE, we found that approximately 40% of the time a component of the question dealt with the “Subject Matter Jurisdiction: Diversity of Citizenship” rule. Since this rule is tested frequently, it makes sense to spend more time memorizing it than, say, the rule for Depositions, which appeared only once in the last 20+ years.

Also in line with the 80/20 Rule, focusing 80% of your time and energy on the 20% of the rules of law that are tested most frequently will maximize your chances of passing. Don’t just work hard; work smart by focusing on the right things.

That is exactly what our study materials do: They show you what is most important and where to focus your efforts.

Here is a chart that shows just how often rules are repeated:

  • July 2018 75.0% 75.0%
  • February 2018 81.8% 81.8%
  • July 2017 93.9% 93.9%
  • February 2017 92.0% 92.0%
  • July 2016 (86.5%*) 64.8% 64.8%
  • February 2016 96.9% 96.9%
  • July 2015 70% 70%
  • February 2015 72.7% 72.7%
  • July 2014 72.7% 72.7%

*86.5% of the rules tested on the July 2016 MEE were contained in the July 2016 SmartBarPrep Essay Prep Outline, as the outline contains additional rules for the six traditional MBE subjects (Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts) since these subjects have only been tested on the essays since July 2007!

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STANDARD PACKAGE

UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE

$124

DELUXE PACKAGE

UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE
  • Digital PDF Flashcards (can be used on an iPhone/iPad or Android Device)

$169

ULTIMATE PACKAGE

UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE
  • Digital PDF Flashcards (can be used on an iPhone/iPad or Android Device)
  • Smart Essay Review & Issue Spotting (Feb. 2004 – July 2018 exams)
  • Past MEE Essays & Analyses (Feb. 1997 – July 2018 exams)

$199

30 Day Guarantee
If after reading through our outlines and study guides, you aren’t happy for any reason, just email us within 30 days of purchase and you’ll receive a full refund. We obviously don’t think it’ll come to that, but if you’re even the least bit worried, then put your mind at ease.

Model Rule Statements for Each Rule

Knowing the frequency of each rule allows you to focus your precious study time.  But what about how to answer?  Our Essay Priority Outline also provides model rule statements for each rule.  So, you’ll know exactly what to write on the day of the exam.  The model answers are to the point, so you’ll have just what you need.  Walk into exam day armed with confidence that you can ace the essay portion of the exam…

And it’s all in a concise format that keeps you focused and organized.

Here is an excerpt from the SmartBarPrep Essay Priority Outline:

Integrate Our Guides With Your Bar Review Course

While our study guides are intended to be your go-to resource for passing the bar, they are also designed for integrated use along with popular courses like BarBri, BarMax, and Kaplan.

The SmartBarPrep Essay Priority Outlines and study tools integrate well with review courses because each is arranged in terms of frequency and topic, saving you the hassle of trying to figure out which rules are the most important to study.

SmartBarPrep has helped thousands of examinees pass the bar exam since 2011!

“I passed the NY bar exam [UBE] this past February. I was working full time for an international law firm and preparing for the bar. Your work helped me a whole lot and do not know how to thank you enough for your great work. 90% of the issues I encountered at the NY bar exam were included in your document. Many thanks for the excellent work.” Maria Koliasta UC Berkeley School of Law – LLM (Passed on 1st try)
“I used Smart Bar Prep for the February bar.  I think the outlines were AMAZING.  I am awful and reading hundreds of pages and watching 50 hours of video hoping to pull out the rule.  Smart Bar allowed me to maximize my time and memorize exactly what I needed to know.  I have recommended this program to everyone I know who’s taking the Bar. I highly, highly recommend this program, whether it’s for first time Bar takers or repeat takers.  Thank you for your hard work in compiling the rules. This program is worth every penny and more.” Kayla P. University of Maine School of Law (Passed Feb. 2018 Maine Bar Exam [UBE format]).
“Nothing was as helpful as SmartBarPrep in my preparation for the essay section of the bar exam. I only wish I had found it earlier. While there is no magic bullet for the bar exam, this came pretty close. Thank you for your time and effort in creating such a useful tool.” Stephanie P. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Passed on 1st try)

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STANDARD PACKAGE

UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE

$124

DELUXE PACKAGE

UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE
  • Digital PDF Flashcards (can be used on an iPhone/iPad or Android Device)

$169

ULTIMATE PACKAGE

UBE/MEE BAR EXAM

INSTANT DOWNLOAD

  • UBE/MEE Essay Priority Outline
  • Condensed Attack Sheets
  • Sorted Essay Frequency Analysis
  • Smart Guide to the MEE
  • Smart Guide to the MBE
  • Digital PDF Flashcards (can be used on an iPhone/iPad or Android Device)
  • Smart Essay Review & Issue Spotting (Feb. 2004 – July 2018 exams)
  • Past MEE Essays & Analyses (Feb. 1997 – July 2018 exams)

$199

30 Day Guarantee
If after reading through our outlines and study guides, you aren’t happy for any reason, just email us within 30 days of purchase and you’ll receive a full refund. We obviously don’t think it’ll come to that, but if you’re even the least bit worried, then put your mind at ease.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I see a sample?

Sure… you can see samples of our bar exam study materials here.

What bar exam States / Jurisdictions can SmartBarPrep be used for?

Our UBE / MEE+MBE materials can be used for the following states/jurisdictions:

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

Colorado

Connecticut

D.C. – District of Columbia

Hawaii*

Idaho

Illinois*

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky*

Maine

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Mississippi*

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oregon

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota*

Tennessee

Utah

Vermont

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin*

Wyoming

Virgin Islands

 

*Please note, that our materials DO NOT cover the state specific portions administered in the following bar exam jurisdictions:

  • Hawaii:  15 multiple choice questions testing the Hawaii Rules of Prof. Conduct
  • Illinois:  3 Illinois essay questions (IEE)
  • Kentucky:  6 Kentucky essay questions
  • Mississippi:  6 Mississippi essay questions
  • South Dakota:  1 Indian Law essay question
  • Wisconsin:  Local essays that may be administered in combination with the MEE and MPT
Is there a guarantee?

Yes… If after reading through our outlines and study guides, you aren’t happy for any reason, just email us within 30 days of purchase and you’ll receive a full refund.  We obviously don’t think it’ll come to that, but if you’re even the least bit worried, then put your mind at ease.

What is the format?

All of our outlines, study guides, and flashcards are an instant digital download in PDF format.  Unfortunately, we do not provide any materials in hard-copy paper format.  However, there are no restrictions on printing, so you would be able to print the outlines and study guides yourself.

You can use any PDF reader software to view the PDF files.  If you need a PDF reader software, you can download Adobe Reader for free here.

Can I print the outlines?

Yes, there are no restrictions on printing out copies of the materials for your personal use.

What is the access period (how long can I access the materials)?

All of our study materials are delivered in standard digital PDF format.  Once downloaded, you can use the materials as long as you wish.

However, the link to download the materials usually expires at 6 months from your purchase (for security reasons) – we can reactivate the download links in certain circumstances if you email us.

That is why we suggest that you download the materials on your computer or device.

How long will it take to get access?

Immediately, since the files are downloadable.  After your purchase, you will be emailed a unique link to access and download the files.

What subjects are covered?

SmartBarPrep’s study materials cover ALL subjects tested on the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).  See the full list of subjects below:

MEE Subjects

  1. Agency
  2. Partnerships
  3. Corporations & LLC’s
  4. Civil Procedure
  5. Conflict of Laws
  6. Constitutional Law
  7. Contracts
  8. Criminal Law & Procedure
  9. Evidence
  10. Family Law
  11. Real Property
  12. Secured Transactions
  13. Torts
  14. Trusts & Future Interests
  15. Wills & Estates

MBE Subjects

  1. Civil Procedure
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Contracts
  4. Criminal Law & Procedure
  5. Evidence
  6. Real Property
  7. Torts

What is the UBE, MEE, MBE, and MPT?

What is the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)?

The UBE is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), and currently used by 31 bar exam jurisdictions.

The UBE has 3 sections:

  • Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) – 200 multiple choice questions (50% of your score)
  • Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) – 6 essays (30% of your score)
  • Multistate Performance Test (MPT) – 2 performance tests (20% of your score)

It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.

What is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)?

The MBE is a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination.

Every jurisdiction uses the MBE (except for Louisiana and Puerto Rico) as part of their bar exam, including all UBE jurisdictions.

What is the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)?

The MEE consists of six 30-minute essay questions.

Currently, 38 jurisdictions use the MEE as part of their bar exam, including all UBE jurisdictions.

What is the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)?

The MPT consists of two 90-minute performance test items.

According to the NCBE, “it is designed to test an examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish.  The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. Rather, it is designed to evaluate certain fundamental skills lawyers are expected to demonstrate regardless of the area of law in which the skills are applied.”

SmartBarPrep currently does not offer study materials to prepare for the MPT section.