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How much have bar exam topics changed in the past few years?

I.E. I see that there have been some real property topic cha cargo01/28/18
I "passed" the UBE on the first try in July 2017 (got a 268 wolfman01/28/18
For all the noise they make about updating the MBE, nothing doctorseuss02/01/18
Nothing all that significant with Real Property. The bigges barexamhelp03/17/18
My honest assessment is that year-of updated materials proba lilgub03/19/18
cargo (Jan 28, 2018 - 6:54 pm)

I.E. I see that there have been some real property topic changes (https://blog.adaptibar.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-recent-changes-to-the-mbe-pt-iv/).

Have any other subjects had substantial law changes? Or can one get by with using bar prep books from a few years ago?

Any other tips for getting admitted in a second jurisdiction would also be appreciated.

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wolfman (Jan 28, 2018 - 7:10 pm)

I "passed" the UBE on the first try in July 2017 (got a 268 overall with a 143.4 MBE, high enough to be admitted in most jurisdictions, including where I took the test) using a Kaplan/PMBR red book from like four years ago, so I don't think the content has changed all that much, except civ pro is now part of MBE, which did not used to be the case; in fairness, I mostly made up the law on essays and squeaked by (I think) on good MPT scores and a good MBE ( I kind of guessed the civ pro questions too) - I assume 143 is considered good?

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doctorseuss (Feb 1, 2018 - 5:04 pm)

For all the noise they make about updating the MBE, nothing material has happened in a long time. Because MBE law isn't tied to anything in particular, it can remain stagnant even as the law changes. And it generally does. I think you could use Y2K materials and pass.

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barexamhelp (Mar 17, 2018 - 10:50 pm)

Nothing all that significant with Real Property. The biggest change, of course, was the addition of Civil Procedure some years ago. The NCBE releases a subject-matter outline for each subject on its website. This is really underutilized. You can be sure that nothing will be on the test that isn't on that outline, though the outline can definitely be a bit vague at times forcing you to figure out exactly what they are claiming is fair game on the exam.

Sean (Silverman Bar Exam Tutoring)

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lilgub (Mar 19, 2018 - 1:14 pm)

My honest assessment is that year-of updated materials probably won't matter enough. It is possible that you may be using a single older point of law which may be the single point which causes you to fail the bar. That is unlikely and I would imagine that most people with the diligence and ability to pass the bar, won't have that issue and "overshoot" the mark anyway.

It's also important to note that on essay questions, you usually get points for a) identifying the issue and b) providing a cognizable rule and c) applying that rule. Whether that rule is accurate (inaccurate, incomplete, etc.) is only a small portion of the total points available.

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