I finally understand the structure of the TBE!

Never having taken the bar exam before, and never having taken another bar exam prep course, I can’t say how useful barbri is, nor how it compares to another program.  The general consensus seems to be that barbri sucks.  But I think quite a bit of that may come from the fact that we all resent having to fork over so much money to sit in a cold auditorium on cold metal chairs and pay attention to a lecture that we really don’t care about.  I mean, this isn’t exactly fun.

That said, the Introduction was super helpful.  At least now I finally understand the way the bar exam is set up, which topics go where, and how it’s graded.  For the curious, here’s the rundown…

Day One (half day)

10% – 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) – perform a lawyer-like task  (brief, memo, etc.)

10% – 90-minute Procedure and Evidence Exam (P&E) – Texas and Federal, Civil and Criminal, Procedure and Evidence.  Divided into two halves (civil and criminal) with 20 chronological fill-in-the-blank questions.

Day Two (full day)

40% – 6-hour Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) – 200 multiple choice questions covering

  1. Real Property
  2. Contracts
  3. Criminal Law and Procedure
  4. Torts
  5. Con Law
  6. Evidence

Day Three (full day)

40% – 6-hour Texas essay exam – 12 essays covering

  1. Business Associations (2 essays)
  2. Family Law (2 essays)
  3. Wills and Estate Administration (2 essays)
  4. UCC (2 essays)
  5. Texas Real Property (2 essays)
  6. Trusts and Guardianships (1 essay)
  7. Consumer Rights (1 essay)

Seriously, could they make this any more complicated?  I’m not even going to get in to the absurdity of the grading/scaling/scoring processes.  But I’m happy to know which topics I’m studying for multiple choice questions and which I’m studying for essays.

…stupid bar exam.


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