Top 15 Bar Exam MPT Tips (2020) | MPT Tips & Tricks | Bar Prep | Bar Exam


– [Narrator] Welcome
back to our third video in our UBE Tips and Tricks series, where we talk all about
monkeys stealing fancy rings. I’ll explain in a moment. You normally take the MPT on the afternoon of the first day of the Bar Exam, but your state may move it
to that morning instead, so double-check your state’s schedule. It’s worth 20% of your total score. The MPT has two 90-minute tasks, unlike the multiple
choice and essay portions of the bar exam, you
don’t need to memorize substantive law to rock the MPT. Each MPT task has you prepare
some sort of legal document, like a letter, memo, or brief. You get the specifics of each assignment in a memo from your hypothetical
supervising attorney. To tackle the task, you get a little file of client-related info
and a little library of potentially relevant laws. The heart of the challenge
is analyzing lots of data and creating a coherent work
product in a short time. The heart of the solution is practice, which leads us to tip number one. Practice, practice, practice. During your first one or
two practice questions, don’t worry about speed. Just get oriented to the MPT process and lingo in a low-key but thorough way. After that, practice
under timed conditions to improve pacing. Once you can handle one
MPT task in 90 minutes, try doing two back-to-back
just like exam day. As with MBE and MEE questions, practice using real MPT questions. Tip number two, 50/50, or if
we’re talking minutes, 45/45. There’s no restriction on
how you divvy up your time, but a rough target is half and half, half the time scouring the
file and library for answers and creating a basic outline, half the time drafting
the actual work product. Tip number three, remember
Monkeys Steal Fancy Rings. Monkeys Steal Fancy Rings
reminds you what to read when. Monkeys stand for memo,
Steal, S, statutes, Fancy, F, facts, Rings,
R, rest of library. Monkeys Steal Fancy Rings, memos, statutes, facts, rest of library. Read the MPT materials in that order. Tip number four, a little
more about monkeys. Let’s talk about the memo. Read each memo twice. The memos explain the
required work product and give you the info you
need to decide formatting and whether to have an
objective or persuasive tone. Start each task by skimming its memo. Then immediately go over it
again with a fine-tooth comb while outlining your basic headings, creating a rough template. Tip number five, now more
on Steal, the statutes. Like memos, read the statutes twice. Most of the time the
statutes will give you the basic laws you need
to tackle your task. Add pertinent parts of the
statutes to your template where they’ll be helpful. What if there are no statutes? Then read anything else that’s code-like, like constitutional
provisions, regulations, or codes of conduct. If there are only cases, then skim them to find their basic rules. You’ll come back for nuances in a moment. Tip number six, let’s talk
about Fancy, the facts. Search the file for relevant facts. Keep the memo and statutes in mind as you review the rest of the file. Stick relevant facts in your outline by related statutory sections. Tip number seven, dives into Rings. Rings are often made of gold and use the rest of library
like you’re mining for gold. Much, if not most of the
stuff you dig through, will be dirt. Your shovel should strike
quickly and toss it aside. But here and there, you’ll
hit a nugget of gold, a detail about what a
relevant statutory element or factor actually means
or a way to analogize and distinguish your client’s
facts from prior cases. As you find helpful nuggets,
put them in your outline by the related statutory
provisions and client facts. Tip number eight,
remember, Franklin is fake. Don’t assume any real law
that you’re familiar with applies in fictitious Franklin, the hypothetical jurisdiction
for MPT questions. Rely entirely on the library for the law. Sometimes, statutes in
cases might sound familiar, but read them carefully, assuming nothing. Tip number nine, remember
UROC, to the extent logical. Use the same UROC structuring that you use in your MEE essays on the MPT, rather than staying addicted
to CRAC or stuck on IRAC. Quick refresher on UROC. UROC stands for upgraded issue, rule, operate on the facts, and conclusion. Again, upgraded issue, rule, operate on the facts, and conclusion. You can watch our writing
tips video to learn more. Tip number 10, simple citations. Put supporting statutory or
regulatory section numbers and shortened case names. Don’t waste time on page
numbers and formatting. Save as many keystrokes as possible. Keep it simple. Tip number 11, look both ways. Whether you’re creating an
objective or persuasive work, look at the issues from both sides. Addressing counterarguments
will highlight your competence. Tip number 12, mention
relevant ethical issues. Competent attorneys are proactive in raising any issues that should affect a supervisor’s decision-making. Tip number 13, after drafting your work, reread the memo from your
hypothetical supervising attorney to make sure you did not
miss anything substantive. Normally, you should not proofread or tweak technical issues
unless you’re finished with the substance of both MPT assignments and you still have time to spare. Again, you should only
hit technical things once you’re finished with the
substance of both MPT assignments. Tip number 14, which is related, avoid paralyzing,
priority-perverting perfectionism. How about that for alliteration? Your drafts will be just that, drafts. They won’t be your best work
product, and that’s okay. And finally, tip number 15, type faster than 50 words a minute. Just like with the MEE, fast
typing is a key to MPT success. If you’re a slow typist, consider taking a free
online typing course. Alrighty, before we go, quick quiz, what was the mnemonic for the
order you read MPT stuff in? Monkeys Steal Fancy Rings. What is Monkeys Steal
Fancy Rings stand for? Memos, statutes, facts, rest of library. Again, memos, statutes,
facts, rest of library. Got it? Yeah, you do! If you missed our MBE or
MEE tips, click these links. Thanks for watching. Subscribe, like, comment, and share. Happy cramming!

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