MEE MASTER Post-Exam Analysis

For more information on how the MASTER priorities are determined and how they should be utilized, click on the below link:

Click here to read more about my MEE MASTER priority determinations


As far as I am aware, I am the only bar review that documents the accuracy of their "predictions" and publicly reports this information. However, I am loathe to call them predictions because in my analysis of bar exam essay topics over the past ten years, I have concluded that you cannot predict the essay topics for an upcoming exam  – you can only assess topic priorities. The MEE MASTER priorities use statistical analysis to determine which topics are not likely to appear on the upcoming exam. Basically, once I have all the data (including the most recent exam), I run scenarios on how the priorities would have worked on past exams. My MEE MASTER 2017 spreadsheet is currently 68MB in size and is based on eight years of development. While I occasionally make a few judgment calls (e.g. I ignored the statistics and downgraded UCC Art 3 for the Feb 2014 exam simply because it seemed illogical to test a subject that NYBOLE was removing from the exam in July 2014), 98% of the MEE MASTER priorities are based on statistics. Put simply, once I assess what topics are not expected to appear, I am left with the topics expected to appear. Even so, I find some MASTER versions do not do as well as other MASTER versions. When this happens, I look at what changed and then I try to adjust. This is why it takes me weeks after the essays are released to make a new MASTER with updated priorities. One cannot simply look at the frequency of a topic to determine its priority. For example, for the July 2016 MEE MASTER, of the 60 topics that have appeared only once on a past exam, only half of these topics are designated as LOW priority for the upcoming exam. Conversely, for high frequency topics, such topics cannot appear on each and every exam, and the MASTER priorities try to account for that.

After I develop the statistical methodologies for the priorities, I test how these conditions would have worked on past exams (e.g. if I made a J15 MEE MASTER, how well would it have predicted F16 MEE topics, if I made a F15 MEE MASTER, how well would it have predicted J15 MEE topics, etc.). This “scenario testing” serves as a confirmation that the priorities are on point. If this was not the case, I would never release a prioritized list and tell examinees to rely on it. As stated above, I regard it as bar review malpractice to give advice to someone that requires them to take significant calculated risks in their studying unless it is strongly supported by the data.

The priorities may sometimes seem illogical (i.e. a frequently appearing topic has a low priority or a rarely appearing topic has a high priority). However, every priority is based on a logical set of criteria to establish its priority. The determination of MASTER priorities is strictly formula based – I do not make any subjective assessments (except the rare judgment calls as explained above). Accordingly, the MASTER priorities are reactive – if the examiners modify how they select previously tested topics, the MASTER priorities change accordingly. Often, I am not even aware of the current priority of a specific topic since my opinion plays no role in the determination of the priorities.

Even though the bar examiners may "shake things up" occasionally, there still needs to be an overall consistency to essay topic selection. Put simply, the more inconsistent the examiners are with essay topic selection, the less likely the exam will determine an applicant’s proficiency. For example, if a large number of obscure topics were tested, most examinees would do poorly on them, making it harder to distinguish applicants sufficiently to determine who is qualified versus unqualified.

I regard my UBE MASTER as the optimal size in regards to content. A more condensed outline is ineffective if it doesn't appropriately cover the material being tested. Likewise, predictions are actually harmful if they are not reasonably accurate. There are a number of other bar reviews that offer condensed/prioritized topics or predictions, so let's think about this logically. For every bar review that offers condensed/prioritized topics or predictions, they can either (1) not examine whether their condensed/prioritized topics or predictions were accurate/on point after each exam; or (2) examine the accuracy of their condensed/prioritized topics/predictions after each exam. Let's suppose a bar review does NOT examine whether their condensed/prioritized topics or predictions were accurate/on point after each exam. This is bad. A bar review that does not examine the effectiveness of their condensed/prioritized topics or predictions is doing a huge disservice to its customers. Basically, they are telling their customers to take significant risk by trusting them, but then they have no idea whether or not their condensed/prioritized topics or predictions are helpful or hurtful to their customers. Accordingly, I will presume that all bar reviews that offer condensed/prioritized topics or predictions actually examine the accuracy of their condensed/prioritized topics/predictions after each exam.

If we presume that bar reviews that offer condensed/prioritized topics/predictions also analyze their effectiveness, these bar reviews can either: (1) publish their results in detail (so they can be investigated) or (2) not publish their results (or be very vague and provide no details). Since it is presumed that the bar reviews have compiled the information and done the research, it is not difficult to publish these results. Again, I regard it as a disservice to their customers to not publish results that have already been compiled. The only reason I can see to not publish already compiled results is because they are not advantageous or embarrassing to the bar review. To illustrate, following is a matrix of the 4 possible outcomes:

  Bar review examines their condensed/ prioritized topics or predictions Bar review does not examine their condensed/ prioritized topics or predictions
Bar review publishes results
GOOD
BAD
Bar review does not publish results
BAD
BAD

 

As I state elsewhere on this page: “Since examinees are taking a calculated risk by following the MASTER priorities, I prepare a detailed post-exam analysis of MASTER for each administration it was used (16 administrations so far all detailed below) to enable examinees (and myself) to better assess that risk.” I publish an even more detailed post-exam analysis on the subscription site after each exam. I know that many examinees rely on me to give them good information, so I regard it as bar review malpractice to not examine and report on the effectiveness of the information I provide. That said, unless a more condensed outline provides a detailed post-exam analysis of its accuracy, I would regard that smaller outline as too superficial to be used effectively for the essays. Put simply, shortcuts are worth taking if you know where they lead - otherwise they may not get you to where you need to be.

A subscriber who recently passed explained how he utilized MASTER effectively while taking a full bar review:
“As for learning the material, after watching the Barbri lectures (taking notes, and reviewing my notes,) I would use your subject outlines again, which I did obsessively. I used the MASTER primarily to direct my Essay studying. More important than your sample answers, was that I was able to use it to determine which very hard subjects NOT to spend too much time on. If there was a topic that was giving me a very hard time, but you had it on LOW priority, it saved me a lot of time. That was incredibly valuable. The only way in which I varied from your exam day recommendations, is that I did the MPT first since it seemed scary to me. In the end, I felt good about my performance on the essays, and it must have been good, since I passed with a 134.0 MBE (which is, as I understand it, on the lower end of the "passable" MBE score range.) If you have any more questions or any follow up questions, please feel free to ask. My law school GPA indicated that I should have trouble passing, but your website and just having you as a resource was extremely important in helping me make sure that I passed the first time.”

The main purpose of the UBE MASTER outline and relying on these priorities is to allow for abbreviated studying so that examinees can divert that extra time to MBE studying/practice. For example, following is a post-exam follow-up from a foreign examinee subscriber who studied part-time for the F17 exam and passed with a UBE score of 317 by employing this methodology:

Click here to read more about how subscribers utilize the UBE MASTER outline


I've finally gotten around to answering!  Sorry for the delay.  Long email below but I've also written it to save in my own notes for the future (in case I take another bar exam in 5 years or a friend takes it for example), so there might be more detail than is useful to you.  I ended up with a total score of 317 and a scaled MBE score of 159.5.  

Your materials are incredibly well written and were invaluable in my preparation, as were your recommendations, structured approach and quick responses whenever I emailed you, so thank you very much!!

MEE and MPT

I learnt the MBE subjects exhaustively, but for the MEE subjects I didn’t really bother with the low priority subjects, and I just glossed over the medium priority subjects. I started with the MEE subjects about 60-50 days before the exam.

I was disappointed that 4 of the 6 essays in the Feb 17 exam were on the non-MBE subjects, which I thought really damaged my chances of passing. If you’re interested, at the end of this email I’ve copied the notes I made for myself the day after the exam with my impressions of the essay questions. I also gave myself estimated scores which I now know to be too low. On reflection, I imagine my contracts and property questions (essays 1 and 6) and the MPT must have been good marks in order to give me my final written score.

I started with question 6 (property, nailed it) and planned to work backwards but ended up doing 6, 3, 1, 2, 4, 5. I panicked a bit when I saw questions 5, 4 and 3 because I had no idea as they were non-MBE subjects but figured I had to get on with it. Doing 1 next (contracts) calmed me down and then I did my best with 2, 4 and 5. I wouldn’t recommend skipping around like this as I think I just wasted time.

In the 20 or so days before the exam I wrote maybe 10-15 practice essays, I honestly can’t remember now and I didn’t keep detailed notes. I also liked your essay summary document for the high priority subjects which I skimmed through for all the MEE subjects. There was loads I didn’t know but my approach was to get 140+ on the MBE and just waffle through the essays. I didn't read or do any essays for the MBE subjects.

I didn’t look at the MPT at all until a week before and I did 4 timed practice questions, including 2 the day before the exam. I think I write concisely and clearly and I followed all your advice on citations and formatting. Your MPT strategy document was the only resource I used.

Fundamentally my approach was in line with your thinking, that you should identify areas where there is high upside potential in relation to time spent studying (I didn’t spend much time on 3rd party beneficiaries or the RAP for example). One example of this (which didn’t pay off) is that I actually learned secured transactions pretty well, even though it had appeared on the previous 2 exams. I thought that if it did show up, so many other examinees would have ignored it that I would have made a killing in comparison (and it’s a fairly uncomplex, mechanical subject that doesn’t take long to learn).

Overall I probably spent 4 hours a day studying, really starting 2 months before the exam. I was working during this time but took 6 days off before the first exam to study full time.

Since examinees are taking a calculated risk by following these MASTER priorities, I prepare a detailed post-exam analysis of the priorities (the "MASTER batting average") for each administration it was used to enable examinees (and myself) to better assess that risk:

MEE MASTER FEB 2017 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER priorities performed in regards to the February 2017 MEE exam. The February 2017 UBE MASTER outline was released on December 18, 2016. Following is a breakdown of the NCBE categories that appeared on the February 2017 MEE (based on ABC level of the 2017 NCBE Subject matter outlines) along with the February 2017 UBE MASTER outline priority for that category and the amount of points each category contributed to an examinee's MEE score (total points of 600, or 100 per MEE question).

Category
UBE MASTER F17 MBE-MEE Priority
Points
AgentPart: Cat II: Power of Agent (A. Authority)
MED
90
AgentPart: Cat II: Power of Agent (B. Apparent authority)
HIGH
10
Conflict: Cat III: Choice of Law (C. Application in specific areas)
HIGH
10
Contracts: Cat I: Formation of Ks (A. Mutual assent)
HIGH-LOW
88
Contracts: Cat I: Formation of Ks (B. Consideration)
HIGH-MED
12
CorpLLC: Cat IX: S&H/Member Litigation (B. Derivative litigation)
HIGH
30
CorpLLC: Cat V: Mgmt & Control (A. Shareholders)
HIGH
30
CorpLLC: Cat VI: Fiduciary Duties (A. Directors, officers, and shareholders)
HIGH
40
Family: Cat I: Getting Married (B. Limitations on who may marry)
LOW
15
Family: Cat I: Getting Married (E. Common law marriage)
MED
15
Family: Cat III: Separation/Divorce (D. Division of property)
HIGH
27.5
Family: Cat IV: Child Custody (B. Visitation)
MED
20
Family: Cat V: Unmarried Cohabitants (A. Rights of cohabitants inter se)
LOW
12.5
Property: Cat I: Ownership (C. The law of landlord and tenant)
HIGH-MED
100
Trusts: Cat I: Trusts (C. Types of trusts)
HIGH
30
Trusts: Cat I: Trusts (G. Modification)
HIGH
25
Trusts: Cat II: Future Interests (D. Powers of appointment)
HIGH
45

 

The UBE MASTER outline (which is based on the 14 MBE/MEE subjects) was broken down into 358 categories (based on the 2017 NCBE subject matter outline ABC level). Of these 358 categories that are testable on the MEE, 17 of the categories were tested on the Feb 2017 MEE. Following is a breakdown of how the priorities were distributed in the F17 UBE MASTER outline and how much each contributed to an examinee's overall MEE score:

MBE-MEE Priority # of Categories # on F17 MEE Points % of MEE
HIGH
75
9
247.5
41%
HIGH-MED
23
2
112
19%
HIGH-LOW
18
1
88
15%
MED-HIGH
14
0
0
0%
MED
77
3
125
21%
MED-LOW
28
0
0
0%
LOW-HIGH
2
0
0
0%
LOW-MED
9
0
0
0%
LOW
112
2
27.5
5%
TOTAL
358
17
600
100%

 

Accordingly, if you studied only the HIGH to MED categories (204 total categories) in the F17 UBE MASTER outline, this would have accounted for 95% of your total MEE score. If you ignored the MED-LOW to LOW categories (151 total categories), this would have accounted for 5% of your total MEE score. This is the benefit of studying on a prioritized basis - you spend the most time on the areas most likely to appear and the least time on the areas least likely to appear.

Please note that whether a subject is expected on an upcoming MEE exam to appear is only 1 factor out of 10 that I use in determining priorities. The problem with "guessing" on subjects is that there will always be a curve-ball where NCBE seems to pick a random subject or two (perhaps by throwing darts). While subject predictions may warrant some additional focus, if you heavily rely on subject predictions, you run the risk of being unprepared for more than 1/3 of the MEE. This is why I opt to prioritize subject topics rather than gamble on an entire subject. I believe if you study based on topic priority, you will have a better “feel” for the exam as a whole than if you study based on subject. A perfect example of this is the Secured Transaction essay on the J16 MEE. Many examinees ignored Secured Transactions because it had appeared on the F16 MEE, and so many examinees ended up doing poorly on this essay (out of 130 examinees who sent me their scores, 6 examinees didn't even answer this question). However, if you followed the J16 MASTER priorities, three of the Secured Transaction categories tested (worth 57% of your essay score) were designated as HIGH priority in the July 2016 MASTER outline while three of the Secured Transaction categories tested (worth 33% of your score) were marked as LOW priority.


MEE MASTER JULY 2016 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MEE MASTER JULY 2016 performed in regards to the July 2016 MEE exam. The July 2016 MEE MASTER outline was released on May 26, 2016.

The July 2016 MEE MASTER outline was based on 241 ABC Categories from the NCBE Subject Matter outlines (these ABC categories were all previously tested on the MEE sometime in the last 43 MEE exams). The July 2016 MEE MASTER outline designated 86 of these categories as HIGH priority, 76 of these categories as MEDIUM priority, and 79 of these categories as LOW priority. Of the 86 HIGH priority categories, 13 were tested on the July 2016 MEE. Of the 76 MEDIUM priority categories, 3 were tested on the July 2016 MEE. Of the 79 LOW priority categories, 3 were tested on the July 2016 MEE. NCBE also tested 6 ABC categories that were never tested before on the MEE (in past 43 exams). Based on the NCBE answer point breakdowns, the HIGH priority topics tested on the July 2016 represented 327 of the 600 points you could earn on the six MEE essays. Thus, if you knew the HIGH priority topics well, this would have represented 55% of your MEE score. The MEDIUM priority topics tested on the July 2016 represented 108 of the 600 points you could earn on the six MEE essays. If you knew the MEDIUM priority topics OK, this would have represented 18% of your MEE score. Finally, the 3 LOW priority topics tested on the July 2016 represented 33 of the 600 points you could earn on the six MEE essays. Subscribers were expected to have very little knowledge of these 3 LOW priority topics, and in doing so lost 6% of their MEE score, but avoided having to study 79 LOW priority ABC categories (which would have been a very poor return on investment). This is how the MASTER priorities work - once I determine what categories are not expected to appear, I can determine what categories are more likely to appear on the upcoming MEE.

Following is a breakdown of the NCBE categories that appeared on the July 2016 MEE (based on ABC level of the July 2016 NCBE Subject matter outlines) along with the amount of points each category contributed to an examinee's score (total points of 600, or 100 per question) along with the Juy 2016 MEE MASTER priority for that category:

NCBE Item (based on ABC level of 2016 NCBE subject matter outlines) NCBE Points J16 MEE MASTER priority
CivPro: Cat I: Jurisdiction (A. Federal SMJ)
50.0
HIGH
CivPro: Cat I: Jurisdiction (B. Personal jurisdiction)
25.0
HIGH
CivPro: Cat I: Jurisdiction (D. Venue/Forum non conveniens/Transfer)
25.0
HIGH
Contracts: Cat I: Formation of Ks (A. Mutual assent)
22.5
HIGH
CorpLLC: Cat I: Corp & LLC Formation (D. Operating agreements)
10.0
HIGH
CorpLLC: Cat V: Mgmt & Control (D. Members and managers)
50.0
HIGH
CorpLLC: Cat VIII: Corp & LLC Structure (F. Dissolution of organization)
30.0
HIGH
CrimLaw: Cat V: Const Protections of Ds (B. Confessions/Self-incrimination privilege)
16.7
HIGH
CrimLaw: Cat V: Const Protections of Ds (D. Right to counsel)
15.8
HIGH
SecTrans: Cat II: Definitions (E. Classification of goods)
13.3
HIGH
SecTrans: Cat III: Validity of Sec Agmts (B. Enforceability)
23.3
HIGH
SecTrans: Cat IV: Rights of 3rd Parties (B. Filing & perfection & assmts)
20.0
HIGH
Torts: Cat II: Negligence (B. The standard of care)
25.0
HIGH
Evidence: Cat V: Hearsay & Admissibility (A. Definition of hearsay)
32.5
MED
Torts: Cat II: Negligence (D. Problems relating to causation)
35.0
MED
Torts: Cat III: Strict/Prod Liability (C. Claims against manufacturers)
40.0
MED
SecTrans: Cat III: Validity of Sec Agmts (D. Use/disposition of collateral by debtor)
10.0
LOW
SecTrans: Cat IV: Rights of 3rd Parties (G. Fixtures)
10.0
LOW
SecTrans: Cat V: Default (A. Rights and remedies on default)
13.3
LOW
Contracts: Cat VI: 3rd Party Rights (A. Third-party beneficiaries)
37.5
NEW
Contracts: Cat VI: 3rd Party Rights (B. Assignment of rights/Delegation of duties)
40.0
NEW
CorpLLC: Cat I: Corp & LLC Formation (C. Art of organization/Cert of form)
10.0
NEW
Evidence: Cat V: Hearsay & Admissibility (E. Past recollection recorded)
30.0
NEW
Evidence: Cat V: Hearsay & Admissibility (G. Public records and reports)
5.0
NEW
Property: Cat II: Rights in land (C. Fixtures)
10.0
NEW

 

 

Click here for a breakdown of the pre-UBE MASTER priority determinations (14 exams)


Below reports post-exam analysis of how each pre-UBE MASTER version performed in regards to the administration it was prepared for. Approximately 50-100 topics changed priority between each MASTER version.

MASTER JULY 2015 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER JULY 2015 performed in regards to the July 2015 exam. MASTER JULY 2015 was released on May 28, 2015.

In MASTER JULY 2015, there were a total of 334 topics. These 334 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to July 2011. Of these 334 topics, 152 of the topics were designated as HIGH priority topics (16 of these 152 topics appeared on the July 2015 exam). Of these 334 topics, 80 of the topics were designated as MEDIUM priority topics (2 of these 80 topics appeared on the July 2015 exam). Of these 334 topics, 102 of the topics were designated as LOW priority topics (7 of these 102 topics appeared on the July 2015 exam), and the remaining 10.7% of the July 2015 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995.

Following are the essay topics from the exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER:

JULY 2015 MASTER ANALYSIS

Essay 1 J15 Prio
PROPERTY: Adverse Possession
HIGH
PROPERTY: Adverse Possession
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Divorce
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Jurisdiction-Divorce
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Jurisdiction-Divorce
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Nuptial Agreements
LOW
Essay 2
J15 Prio
WILLS: Administrator Appointment
LOW
WILLS: Non-Probate Transfers-Inter Vivos Gifts
NEW
UCC9: Perfection of Security Interest
HIGH
WILLS: Intestate Succession
LOW
DOMESTIC: Paternity
HIGH
Essay 3
J15 Prio
CONTRACT: Non-Conforming Goods
HIGH
CONTRACT: Warranties
LOW
CONTRACT: Warranties
LOW
PROF-RES: Fees
MED
PROF-RES: Communications with Opposing Party
HIGH
Essay 4
J15 Prio
NYPRAC: Motion to Dismiss
HIGH
TORTS: Landowner Liability
HIGH
TORTS: Negligence
HIGH
TORTS: Assumption of Risk*
MED
TORTS: Negligent Supervision-Intrafamily Immunity
HIGH
TORTS: Negligent Entrustment
LOW
TORTS: Joint and Several Liability
HIGH
Essay 5
J15 Prio
NYPRAC: Article 78 Action
LOW
ADMIN: Administrative Hearings
NEW
ADMIN: Administrative Hearings
NEW
EVIDENCE: Hearsay**
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Elements of a Crime
HIGH

 

* Master response insufficient - It did not discuss the NY GOL Recreational Use statute which is based on a recreationist's assumption of risk on another's land.
** Master response partly insufficient - I added a sentence that administrative hearings don’t require strict adherence to rules of evidence such as hearsay.

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE JULY 2015 EXAM

Priority # of topics % of exam
NEW
3
10.7%
HIGH
16
57.1%
MEDIUM
2
7.1%
LOW
7
25.0%
TOTAL
28
100%

 

MASTER JULY 2015 consisted of 152 HIGH priority topics; 80 MEDIUM priority topics; and 102 LOW priority topics. On the July 2015 exam, 57.1% of all the July 2015 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2015 HIGH priority topics; 7.1% of all the July 2015 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2015 MEDIUM priority topics; 25% of all the July 2015 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2015 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 10.7% of the July 2015 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995).

In the July 2015 MASTER, the HIGH priority topics represented 53.2% of the words in MASTER. In the July 2015 MASTER, the MEDIUM priority topics represented 21% of the words in MASTER. In the July 2015 MASTER, the LOW priority topics represented 25.8% of the words in MASTER.

The MASTER JULY 2015 outline contains 101,026 words (not including the table of contents or issue links). The BAR/BRI long outlines contain about 754,000 words (not including the table of contents), meaning MASTER is about 13% the size of the BAR/BRI long outlines. The BAR/BRI Conviser contains about 287,000 words (not including the table of contents), meaning MASTER is about 35% the size of the BAR/BRI Conviser. If you were to study only the MASTER HIGH and MEDIUM priority topics, this consists of 74,945 words (not including the table of contents or issue links), which would be about 10% the size of the BAR/BRI long outlines or about 26% the size of the BAR/BRI Conviser.

MASTER FEB 2015 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER FEB 2015 performed in regards to the Feb 2015 exam. MASTER FEB 2015 was released on December 20, 2014.

In MASTER FEB 2015, there were a total of 334 topics. These 334 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to July 2014. Of these 334 topics, 130 of the topics were designated as HIGH priority topics (14 of these 130 topics appeared on the Feb 2015 exam). Of these 334 topics, 90 of the topics were designated as MEDIUM priority topics (4 of these 90 topics appeared on the Feb 2015 exam). Of these 334 topics, 114 of the topics were designated as LOW priority topics (3 of these 114 topics appeared on the Feb 2015 exam), and the remaining 0% of the Feb 2015 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995.

Following are the essay topics from the exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER:

FEB 2015 MASTER ANALYSIS

Essay 1 F15 Prio
WILLS: Creation and Validity
HIGH
WILLS: Revival of Will
HIGH
WILLS: Specific Gift
MED
WILLS: Interested Witness
HIGH
WILLS: Partial Intestacy
HIGH
Essay 2
F15 Prio
CRIMLAW: Driving while Intoxicated (DWI/DUI)
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Police Encounters
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Right to Counsel–Miranda
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Manslaughter
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Criminally Negligent Homicide
LOW
Essay 3
F15 Prio
CONTRACT: Breach by Seller
HIGH
CORP: Professional Corporations
LOW
CONTRACT: Non-Compete Agreements
MED
Essay 4
F15 Prio
NYPRAC: Summary Judgment Motion
HIGH
TORTS: Negligence-Per Se
MED
TORTS: No-Fault Insurance*
LOW
CONFLICT: Conflict of Law
HIGH
Essay 5
F15 Prio
CONTRACT: Equitable Remedies
MED
PROPERTY: Marketable Title
HIGH
NYPRAC: Permanent Injunction
HIGH
PROPERTY: Tenant Duty to Repair
HIGH

 

* Master response partly insufficient - discussed serious injury, but not 90/180 day rule (although rule is in Seperac Torts outline)


SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE FEB 2015 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
NEW
0
HIGH
14
66.7%
MEDIUM
4
19%
LOW
3
14.3%
TOTAL
21
100%

 

MASTER FEB 2015 consisted of 130 HIGH priority topics; 90 MEDIUM priority topics; and 114 LOW priority topics. On the Feb 2015 exam, 66.7% of all the Feb 2015 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2015 HIGH priority topics; 19% of all the Feb 2015 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2015 MEDIUM priority topics; 14.3% of all the Feb 2015 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2015 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 0% of the Feb 2015 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995). In the Feb 2015 MASTER, the HIGH priority topics represented 45.8% of the words in MASTER. In the Feb 2015 MASTER, the MEDIUM priority topics represented 25.4% of the words in MASTER. In the Feb 2015 MASTER, the LOW priority topics represented 28.8% of the words in MASTER.

The MASTER FEB 2015 outline contains 100,616 words (not including the table of contents or issue links). The BAR/BRI long outlines contain about 754,000 words (not including the table of contents), meaning MASTER is about 13% the size of the BAR/BRI long outlines. The BAR/BRI Conviser contains about 287,000 words (not including the table of contents), meaning MASTER is about 35% the size of the BAR/BRI Conviser. If you were to study only the MASTER HIGH and MEDIUM priority topics (which covered about 86% of the topics tested on the NY essays), this consists of 71,633 words (not including the table of contents or issue links), which would be about 10% the size of the BAR/BRI long outlines or about 25% the size of the BAR/BRI Conviser.

MASTER JULY 2014 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER JULY 2014 performed in regards to the July 2014 exam. MASTER JULY 2014 was released on May 28, 2014.

In MASTER JULY 2014, there were a total of 333 topics. These 333 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to July 2010. Of these 333 topics, 122 of the topics were designated as HIGH priority topics (8 of these 122 topics appeared on the July 2014 exam). Of these 333 topics, 84 of the topics were designated as MEDIUM priority topics (5 of these 84 topics appeared on the July 2014 exam). Of these 333 topics, 127 of the topics were designated as LOW priority topics (7 of these 127 topics appeared on the July 2014 exam), and the remaining 9.1% of the July 2014 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995.

Following are the essay topics from the exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER:

JULY 2014 MASTER ANALYSIS

Essay 1 Priority
PROF-RES: Solicitation/Referral Fees LOW
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Warrant MED
CRIMLAW: Justification MED
CRIMLAW: Burden of Proof* HIGH
Essay 2 Priority
CORP: Shareholder Derivative Action** MED
CORP: De Facto Corporation NEW
CONTRACT: Confirmatory Memo HIGH
EVIDENCE: Hearsay HIGH
Essay 3 Priority
TRUSTS: Spendthrift Trust LOW
TRUSTS: Revocable Trust LOW
WILLS: Mistake or Ambiguity NEW
WILLS: Advance Against An Inheritance LOW
Essay 4 Priority
DOMESTIC: Equitable Distribution of Marital Property HIGH
DOMESTIC: Maintenance MED
DOMESTIC: Child Support-Nonpayment LOW
DOMESTIC: Child Support HIGH
Essay 5 Priority
TORTS: No-Fault Insurance HIGH
TORTS: Negligence-Per Se*** LOW
TORTS: Permissive Use Doctrine MED
TORTS: Dram Shop Law LOW
TORTS: Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress HIGH
TORTS: Negligent Supervision-Intrafamily Immunity HIGH

 

* Master response partly insufficient - did not talk about ordinary defenses, but Justification topic (J14 Prio: MED) could have answered it
** Master response partly insufficient - did not talk about LLC members being able to bring a derivative suit
*** Master response partly insufficient - talked about traffic violations but did not discuss DWI

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE JULY 2014 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
NEW
2
9.1%
HIGH
8
36.4%
MEDIUM
5
22.7%
LOW
7
31.8%
TOTAL
22
100%

 

MASTER JULY 2014 consisted of 122 HIGH priority topics; 84 MEDIUM priority topics; and 127 LOW priority topics. On the July 2014 exam, 36.4% of all the July 2014 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2014 HIGH priority topics; 22.7% of all the July 2014 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2014 MEDIUM priority topics; 31.8% of all the July 2014 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2014 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 9.1% of the July 2014 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995). In the July 2014 MASTER, the HIGH priority topics represented 45.2% of the words in MASTER. In the July 2014 MASTER, the MEDIUM priority topics represented 25.8% of the words in MASTER. In the July 2014 MASTER, the LOW priority topics represented 28.9% of the words in MASTER.

The MASTER JULY 2014 outline contained 97,651 words (not including the table of contents or issue links). The BAR/BRI long outlines contain about 754,000 words (not including the table of contents), meaning MASTER is about 13% the size of the BAR/BRI long outlines. The BAR/BRI Conviser contains about 287,000 words (not including the table of contents), meaning MASTER is about 34% the size of the BAR/BRI Conviser. If you were to study only the MASTER HIGH and MEDIUM priority topics, this consisted of 69,400 words (not including the table of contents or issue links), which would be about 9% the size of the BAR/BRI long outlines or about 24% the size of the BAR/BRI Conviser.

MASTER FEB 2014 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER FEB 2014 performed in regards to the Feb 2014 exam. MASTER FEB 2014 was released on December 22, 2013.

In MASTER FEB 2014, there were a total of 337 topics. These 337 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to July 2013. Of these 337 topics, 130 of the topics were designated as HIGH priority topics (14 of these 130 topics appeared on the Feb 2014 exam). Of these 337 topics, 89 of the topics were designated as MEDIUM priority topics (6 of these 89 topics appeared on the Feb 2014 exam). Of these 337 topics, 118 of the topics were designated as LOW priority topics (2 of these 118 topics appeared on the Feb 2014 exam), and the remaining 4.3% of the Feb 2014 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995.

Following are the essay topics from the exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER:

FEB 2014 MASTER ANALYSIS

Essay 1 Priority
DOMESTIC: Child Custody
HIGH
PROPERTY: Easement
HIGH
PROPERTY: Easement by Implication
NEW
PROPERTY: Easement by Prescription
LOW
Essay 2
Priority
PROF-RES: Attorney Conflict of Interest*
MED
AGENT-PART: Agent Liability
LOW
AGENT-PART: Agency
MED
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Warrant
MED
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Home
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Fruit of The Poisonous Tree
HIGH
Essay 3
Priority
CONTRACT: Unconscionability
HIGH
CONTRACT: Non-Conforming Goods
MED
CONTRACT: Risk of Loss and Bailments
HIGH
PROPERTY: Termination of Tenancy/Tenant Holdover
HIGH
Essay 4
Priority
TORTS: Municipality Negligence
HIGH
TORTS: Vicarious Liability/Agency
HIGH
TORTS: Superseding Causes
HIGH
TORTS: Landowner Liability
HIGH
Essay 5
Priority
WILLS: Revocation of Will
HIGH
WILLS: Renunciation
MED
WILLS: Divorce-Termination of Benefits
MED
WILLS: Antilapse Statute
HIGH
WILLS: Distribution of Residuary Estate**
HIGH

 

* Master response partly insufficient - Did not discuss business transactions with clients, only general conflict rules.
** Master response partly insufficient - Did not cover disinheriting but the topic WILLS: Distributions (F14 Prio: HIGH) covered it.

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE FEB 2014 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
NEW
1
4.3%
HIGH
14
60.9%
MEDIUM
6
26.1%
LOW
2
8.7%
TOTAL
23
100%


MASTER FEB 2014 consisted of 130 HIGH priority topics; 89 MEDIUM priority topics; and 118 LOW priority topics. On the Feb 2014 exam, 60.9% of all the Feb 2014 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2014 HIGH priority topics; 26.1% of all the Feb 2014 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2014 MEDIUM priority topics; 8.7% of all the Feb 2014 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2014 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 4.3% of the Feb 2014 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995). In the Feb 2014 MASTER, the HIGH priority topics represented 46.6% of the words in MASTER. In the Feb 2014 MASTER, the MEDIUM priority topics represented 26.9% of the words in MASTER. In the Feb 2014 MASTER, the LOW priority topics represented 26.4% of the words in MASTER.

The MASTER FEB 2014 outline contained 97,226 words (not including the table of contents or issue links). The BAR/BRI long outlines contain about 754,000 words (not including the table of contents), meaning MASTER is about 13% the size of the BAR/BRI long outlines. The BAR/BRI Conviser contains about 287,000 words (not including the table of contents), meaning MASTER is about 34% the size of the BAR/BRI Conviser. If you were to study only the MASTER HIGH and MEDIUM priority topics, this consisted of 71,514 words (not including the table of contents or issue links), which would be about 9% the size of the BAR/BRI long outlines or about 25% the size of the BAR/BRI Conviser.

MASTER JULY 2013 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER JULY 2013 performed in regards to the July 2013 exam. MASTER JULY 2013 was released on May 30, 2013.

In MASTER JULY 2013, there were a total of 337 topics. These 337 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to Feb 2013. Of these 337 topics, 119 of the topics were designated as HIGH priority topics (20 of these 119 topics appeared on the July 2013 exam). Of these 337 topics, 106 of the topics were designated as MEDIUM priority topics (3 of these 106 topics appeared on the July 2013 exam). Of these 337 topics, 112 of the topics were designated as LOW priority topics (5 of these 112 topics appeared on the July 2013 exam), and the remaining 0% of the July 2013 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995.

Following are the essay topics from the exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER:

JULY 2013 MASTER ANALYSIS

Essay 1 Priority
DOMESTIC: Adoption-Parental Consent *
LOW
PROPERTY: Tenants by the Entirety–Mortgage **
LOW
NYPRAC: Failure to State a Cause of Action
MED
PROPERTY: Partition
LOW
DOMESTIC: Equitable Distribution of a Gift
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Equitable Distribution of Separate Property
HIGH
 
Essay 2
Priority
CRIMLAW: Attempt
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Criminal Possession of Stolen Property
MED
CRIMLAW: Larceny
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Robbery
LOW
CRIMLAW: Assault
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Justification
HIGH
 
Essay 3
Priority
PROF-RES: Attorney Conflict of Interest
MED
CORP: Shareholder Derivative Action
HIGH
CORP: Director Duty of Loyalty
HIGH
CONTRACT: Breach by Seller
HIGH
CONTRACT: Non-Conforming Goods
HIGH
 
Essay 4
Priority
NYPRAC: Motion to Dismiss
HIGH
TORTS: Negligence
HIGH
TORTS: Workers Compensation
HIGH
NYPRAC: Statute of Limitations ***
HIGH
TORTS: Strict Products Liability
HIGH
 
Essay 5
Priority
DOMESTIC: Paternity
HIGH
WILLS: Pretermitted Children
HIGH
WILLS: Ademption
HIGH
WILLS: Joint Bank Accounts
LOW
WILLS: Antilapse Statute
HIGH
WILLS: Distributions
HIGH

 

* Master response partly insufficient - This topic and Adoption Revoke Consent (also LOW) would have covered the issue.
** Master response partly insufficient - The HIGH priority topic of Tenants by the Entirety could have answered this issue. Accordingly, I re-categorized some of these issues.
*** Master response insufficient - NO coverage. I added information on SOL for strict liability and discovery tolling.

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE JULY 2013 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
NEW
0
0.0%
HIGH
20
71.4%
MEDIUM
3
10.7%
LOW
5
17.9%
TOTAL
28
100.0%


MASTER JULY 2013 consisted of 119 HIGH priority topics; 106 MEDIUM priority topics; and 112 LOW priority topics. On the July 2013 exam, 71.4% of all the July 2013 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2013 HIGH priority topics; 10.7% of all the July 2013 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2013 MEDIUM priority topics; 17.9% of all the July 2013 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2013 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 0% of the July 2013 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995). In the July 2013 MASTER, the HIGH priority topics represented 41.4% of the words in MASTER. In the July 2013 MASTER, the MEDIUM priority topics represented 32.9% of the words in MASTER. In the July 2013 MASTER, the LOW priority topics represented 25.7% of the words in MASTER.

MASTER FEB 2013 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER FEB 2013 performed in regards to the Feb 2013 exam. MASTER FEB 2013 was released on December 24, 2012.

In MASTER FEB 2013, there were a total of 333 topics. These 333 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to July 2012. Of these 331 topics, 109 of the topics were designated as HIGH priority topics (11 of these 109 topics appeared on the Feb 2013 exam). Of these 331 topics, 106 of the topics were designated as MEDIUM priority topics (5 of these 106 topics appeared on the Feb 2013 exam). Of these 331 topics, 118 of the topics were designated as LOW priority topics (3 of these 118 topics appeared on the Feb 2013 exam) and the remaining 4 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995.

Following are the essay topics from the exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER:

FEB 2013 MASTER ANALYSIS

Essay 1 Priority
CONTRACT: Creation/Validity HIGH
CONTRACT: Mailbox Rule NEW
CONTRACT: Real Estate Sales Contract HIGH
PROF-RES: Communications with Opposing Party MED
PROPERTY: Real Estate Brokerage Contract MED
   
Essay 2 Priority
EVIDENCE: Excited Utterance/Present Sense Impression LOW
EVIDENCE: Dying Declaration Hearsay MED
PROF-RES: Conduct Before a Tribunal NEW
CRIMLAW: Alibi HIGH
CRIMLAW: Double Jeopardy NEW
   
Essay 3 Priority
PROPERTY: Rule Against Perpetuities* LOW
WILLS: Totten Trust HIGH
WILLS: Uniform Simultaneous Death Act MED
WILLS: Elective Share HIGH
   
Essay 4 Priority
TORTS: Punitive Damages NEW
TORTS: Malpractice HIGH
TORTS: Res Ipsa Loquitur HIGH
TORTS: Joint and Several Liability MED
TORTS: Contribution HIGH
   
Essay 5 Priority
CORP: Board Authorization** LOW
CORP: Director Duty of Care HIGH
DOMESTIC: Modification of Child Support in a Separation Agreement*** HIGH
DOMESTIC: Child Support HIGH

* Master response partly insufficient - I added a sentence regarding if an interest is void due to RAP.
** Master response partly insufficient - I expanded on quorums
*** Master response was partly sufficient - did not discuss new law for modifying separation agreements

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE FEB 2013 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
NEW
4
17.4%
HIGH
11
47.8%
MEDIUM
5
21.7%
LOW
3
13.0%
TOTAL
23
82.6%

 

 

MASTER JULY 2012 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER JULY 2012 performed in regards to the July 2012 exam. MASTER JULY 2012 was released on May 28, 2012.

In MASTER JULY 2012, there were a total of 331 topics. These 331 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to Feb 2012. Of these 331 topics, 120 of the topics were designated as HIGH priority topics (14 of these 120 topics appeared on the July 2012 exam). Of these 331 topics, 106 of the topics were designated as MEDIUM priority topics (11 of these 106 topics appeared on the July 2012 exam). Of these 331 topics, 105 of the topics were designated as LOW priority topics (0 of these 105 topics appeared on the July 2012 exam) and the remaining 7.4% of the July 2012 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995.

Following are the essay topics from the July 2012 exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER JULY 2012:

Essay 1 Priority
NYPRAC: Failure to State a Cause of Action HIGH
CONTRACT: Statute of Frauds MED
CONTRACT: Risk of Loss and Bailments HIGH
CONTRACT: Mutual Mistake MED
PROPERTY: Joint Tenants MED
   
Essay 2 Priority
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Standing* HIGH
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Warrantless Search Exceptions MED
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Fruit of The Poisonous Tree** MED
EVIDENCE: Prior Bad Act MED
EVIDENCE: Prior Bad Act-Sandoval Hearing NEW
TORTS: Municipality Negligence HIGH
   
Essay 3 Priority
DOMESTIC: Jurisdiction-Divorce MED
DOMESTIC: Jurisdiction-Maintenance and Equitable Distribution HIGH
DOMESTIC: Divorce MED
DOMESTIC: Equitable Distribution of Marital Property HIGH
NYPRAC: Contempt of Court NEW
   
Essay 4 Priority
NYPRAC: Summary Judgment Motion HIGH
PROPERTY: Tenant Duty to Repair HIGH
TORTS: Negligence HIGH
TORTS: Landowner Liability HIGH
EVIDENCE: Hearsay*** MED
CONFLICT: Conflict of Law MED
   
Essay 5 Priority
WILLS: Creation and Validity HIGH
WILLS: No Contest Clause HIGH
WILLS: Interested Witness HIGH
PROF-RES: Attorney Conflict of Interest**** MED
WILLS: Putnam Scrutiny HIGH


* Master response was insufficient - only one sentence on government vs. private actors
** Master response was insufficient - did not discuss inevitable discovery doctrine
***Master response was insufficient - did not discuss party admissions
****Master response was insufficient - did not discuss RPC gift conflict rules (I also moved this topic from WILLS to PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY).

 

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE JULY 2012 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
NEW
2
7.4%
HIGH
14
51.9%
MEDIUM
11
40.7%
LOW
0
0.0%
TOTAL
27

 

With 25 of the 27 topics being repeaters (plus 4 topics containing insufficent MASTER responses), the MASTER JULY 2012 outline contained answers to approximately 78% of the topics answered on the July 2012 NY Bar exam essays. MASTER JULY 2012 was approximately 1/10 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Long Books and approximately 1/3 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Conviser. The MASTER JULY 2012 outline was 161 pages long and consisted of approximately 87,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 3.6 hours to read the entire MASTER JULY 2012 outline once. In comparison, the 26 subjects in the BARBRI 2008 Long Books comprise approximately 1,267 pages and consist of approximately 754,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). At the same reading rate, it would take you about 31.4 hours to read the 26 subjects in the BARBRI Long Books. Although the BARBRI 2008 Long Books probably covered almost 100% of the New York essay portion of the exam in detail, studying this entire book would take up a tremendous amount of your time let alone the difficulty in trying to process and remember everything. With MASTER JULY 2012, you would have had basic answers for 78% or more of the tested July 2012 topics (I excluded the topics with sparse coverage in MASTER JULY 2012) in an outline that would take you about 3.5 hours to read . More so, with the MASTER JULY 2012 HIGH Priority Topics Outline (70 pages, approximately 36,000 words), you would have had 50% of the tested July 2012 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.4 hours to read or 2.8 hours to study. This is what I mean by efficiency. Again, MASTER isn't perfect. It isn't on point every time and of course there will always be new topics, which is why you should study outlines and other bar materials also. However, I don't think there is a more efficient way to study for the essay portion of the exam than with MASTER. Keep in mind that MASTER 2013 (or any other bar material for that matter) will not help you if you cannot spot the issues - the MASTER outline and the other material will help you focus on high priority areas, but you still must be able to issue spot and write a good answer.

Resource Pages Words (approx.) Words per page Hours to read* Hours to study*
MASTER JULY 2012 161
87,200
535
3.6
7.2
BARBRI Long Books 2008 1,267
754,000
595
31.4
62.8
BARBRI Conviser Mini Review 2008 682
287,000
420
11.9
23.9

 

*based on 400 word per minute for reading and 200 words per minute for studying.

MASTER FEB 2012 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER FEB 2012 performed in regards to the February 2012 exam. MASTER FEB 2012 was released on December 22, 2011.

In MASTER FEB 2012, there were a total of 330 topics. These 330 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to July 2011. MASTER FEB 2012 consisted of 105 HIGH priority topics; 112 MEDIUM priority topics; and 113 LOW priority topics. On the Feb 2012 exam, 76% of all the Feb 2012 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2012 HIGH priority topics; 16% of all the Feb 2012 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2012 MEDIUM priority topics; 0% of all the Feb 2012 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2012 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 8% of the Feb 2012 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995).

Following are the essay topics from the Feb 2012 exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER FEB 2012:

Essay 1
Priority
CONTRACT: Statute of Frauds
HIGH
CONTRACT: Substantial Performance
HIGH
CONTRACT: Confirmatory Memo
HIGH
CONTRACT: Lost Volume Seller*
NEW
 
 
Essay 2
Priority
CRIMLAW: Elements of a Crime
NEW
CRIMLAW: Burglary**
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Home
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Warrantless Search Exceptions
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Police Encounters
MED
 
Essay 3
Priority
CORP: Closely Held Corporation
HIGH
CORP: Judicial Dissolution
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Jurisdiction-Divorce
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Divorce
MED
DOMESTIC: Equitable Distribution of Professional License
HIGH
 
Essay 4
Priority
NYPRAC: Long Arm Jurisdiction
MED
NYPRAC: Statute of Limitations***
HIGH
NYPRAC: Motion to Dismiss
HIGH
TORTS: Defamation
HIGH
TORTS: Defamation-Qualified Privilege Defense
MED
 
Essay 5
Priority
PROPERTY: Constructive Trust
HIGH
WILLS: Creation and Validity
HIGH
WILLS: Interested Witness
HIGH
WILLS: Incorporation by Reference-Pourover
HIGH
WILLS: Intestate Succession
HIGH
WILLS: Pretermitted Children
HIGH

 

* I made it a new topic, but Breach by Buyer (F12 Prio: MED) could have answered it
** Master response was insufficient - did not discuss offices as dwellings
*** Master response was insufficient - SOL did not discuss tolling when re-filing


SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE FEB 2012 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
NEW
2
8.0%
HIGH
19
76.0%
MEDIUM
4
16.0%
LOW
0
0.0%
TOTAL
25

 

With 23 of the 25 topics being repeaters, the MASTER FEB 2012 outline contained approximately 92% of the topics answered on the Feb 2012 NY Bar exam essays. MASTER FEB 2012 was approximately 1/10 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Long Books and approximately 1/4 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Conviser. The MASTER FEB 2012 outline was 161 pages long and consisted of approximately 86,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 3.6 hours to read the entire MASTER FEB 2012 outline once. In comparison, the 26 subjects in the BARBRI 2008 Long Books comprise approximately 1,267 pages and consist of approximately 754,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). At the same reading rate, it would take you about 31.4 hours to read the 26 subjects in the BARBRI Long Books. Although the BARBRI 2008 Long Books probably covered almost 100% of the New York essay portion of the exam in detail, studying this entire book would take up a tremendous amount of your time let alone the difficulty in trying to process and remember everything. With MASTER FEB 2012, you would have had basic answers for 92% or more of the tested Feb 2012 topics in an outline that would take you about 3.5 hours to read. More so, with the MASTER FEB 2012 HIGH Priority Topics Outline (70 pages, approximately 33,000 words), you would have had 76% of the tested Feb 2012 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.4 hours to read or 2.8 hours to study. This is what I mean by efficiency. Again, MASTER isn't perfect. It isn't on point every time and of course there will always be new topics, which is why you should study outlines and other bar materials also. However, I don't think there is a more efficient way to study for the essay portion of the exam than with MASTER. Keep in mind that MASTER 2012 (or any other bar material for that matter) will not help you if you cannot spot the issues - the MASTER outline and the other material will help you focus on high priority areas, but you still must be able to issue spot and write a good answer.

Resource Pages Words (approx.) Words per page Hours to read* Hours to study*
MASTER FEB 2012 158
86,000
535
3.6
7.2
BARBRI Long Books 2008 1,267
754,000
595
31.4
62.8
BARBRI Conviser Mini Review 2008 682
287,000
420
11.9
23.9

 

*based on 400 word per minute for reading and 200 words per minute for studying.

MASTER JULY 2011 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER JULY 2011 performed in regards to the February 2011 exam. MASTER JULY 2011 was released on May 28, 2011.

In MASTER JULY 2011, there were a total of 325 topics. These 325 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to Feb 2011. MASTER JULY 2011 consisted of 106 HIGH priority topics; 111 MEDIUM priority topics; and 108 LOW priority topics. On the July 2011 exam, 34.8% of all the July 2011 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2011 HIGH priority topics; 39.1% of all the July 2011 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2011 MEDIUM priority topics; 4.3% of all the July 2011 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2011 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 21.7% of the July 2011 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995).

Following are the essay topics from the July 2011 exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER JULY 2011:

Essay 1 Priority
PROPERTY: Tenants in Common MED
PROPERTY: Tenants in Common–Repairs* NEW
PROPERTY: Easement HIGH
PROPERTY: License MED
PROPERTY: Risk of Loss (UVPRA) MED
   
Essay 2 Priority
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Police Encounters MED
CRIMLAW: Right to Counsel–Miranda HIGH
CRIMLAW: Search and Seizure–Fruit of The Poisonous Tree MED
CRIMLAW: Burden of Proof LOW
UCC: Art 3-Unauthorized Indorsement MED
   
Essay 3 Priority
DOMESTIC: Paternity HIGH
DOMESTIC: Modification of Child Support in a Separation Agreement HIGH
CORP: Interested Director Transaction HIGH
UCC: Art 9-Self-Help Repossession MED
   
Essay 4 Priority
TORTS: No-Fault Insurance HIGH
TORTS: Negligence HIGH
TORTS: Comparative Negligence HIGH
CRIMLAW: Driving while Intoxicated (DWI/DUI) NEW
   
Essay 5 Priority
WILLS: Revocation of Will MED
WILLS: Revival of Will NEW
WILLS: Revocation–Dependent Relative Revocation NEW
TRUSTS: Management MED
AGENT-PART: Limited Liability Partnerships NEW

 

* The MASTER topic for PROPERTY: Tenants in Common briefly discussed repairs but I decided to create a new topic

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE JULY 2011 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
HIGH
8
34.8%
MEDIUM
9
39.1%
LOW
1
4.3%
NEW
5
21.7%
TOTAL
23

 

With 18 of the 23 topics being repeaters, the MASTER JULY 2011 outline contained approximately 78% of the topics answered on the July 2011 NY Bar exam essays. MASTER JULY 2011 was approximately 1/10 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Long Books and approximately 1/4 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Conviser. The MASTER JULY 2011 outline was 134 pages long and consisted of approximately 85,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 3.5 hours to read the entire MASTER JULY 2011 outline once. In comparison, the 26 subjects in the BARBRI 2008 Long Books comprise approximately 1,267 pages and consist of approximately 754,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). At the same reading rate, it would take you about 31.4 hours to read the 26 subjects in the BARBRI Long Books. Although the BARBRI 2008 Long Books probably covered almost 100% of the New York essay portion of the exam in detail, studying this entire book would take up a tremendous amount of your time let alone the difficulty in trying to process and remember everything. With MASTER JULY 2011, you would have had basic answers for 78% or more of the tested July 2011 topics in an outline that would take you about 3.5 hours to read. More so, with the MASTER JULY 2011 HIGH Priority Topics Outline (53 pages, approximately 32,000 words), you would have had 34.8% of the tested July 2011 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.3 hours to read or 2.7 hours to study. This is what I mean by efficiency. Again, MASTER isn't perfect. It isn't on point every time and of course there will always be new topics, which is why you should study outlines and other bar materials also. However, I don't think there is a more efficient way to study for the essay portion of the exam than with MASTER. Keep in mind that MASTER 2012 (or any other bar material for that matter) will not help you if you cannot spot the issues - the MASTER outline and the other material will help you focus on high priority areas, but you still must be able to issue spot and write a good answer.

Resource Pages Words (approx.) Words per page Hours to read* Hours to study*
MASTER July 2011 134
85,000
633
3.5
7.1
BARBRI Long Books 2008 1,267
754,000
595
31.4
62.8
BARBRI Conviser Mini Review 2008 682
287,000
420
11.9
23.9

 

*based on 400 word per minute for reading and 200 words per minute for studying.

 

MASTER FEB 2011 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER FEB 2011 performed in regards to the February 2011 exam. MASTER FEB 2011 was released on December 22, 2010.

In MASTER FEB 2011, there were a total of 323 topics. These 323 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995 to July 2010. MASTER FEB 2011 consisted of 99 HIGH priority topics; 86 MEDIUM priority topics; and 138 LOW priority topics. On the Feb 2011 exam, 42.3% of all the Feb 2011 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2011 HIGH priority topics; 26.9% of all the Feb 2011 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2011 MEDIUM priority topics; 19.2% of all the Feb 2011 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2011 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 11.5% of the Feb 2011 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay since July 1995).

Following are the essay topics from the February 2011 exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER FEB 2011:

 

Essay 1 Priority
PROPERTY: Adverse Possession MED
CONTRACT: Third-Party Beneficiary LOW
PROPERTY: Termination of Tenancy/Tenant Holdover* LOW
   
Essay 2 Priority
CRIMLAW: Conspiracy HIGH
CRIMLAW: Arson HIGH
CRIMLAW: Accomplice HIGH
CRIMLAW: Murder in the Second Degree HIGH
CRIMLAW: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel LOW
   
Essay 3 Priority
DOMESTIC: Adultery HIGH
DOMESTIC: Condonation MED
DOMESTIC: Recrimination NEW
CORP: Interested Director Transaction HIGH
CORP: Shareholder Derivative Action MED
UCC: Art 9-Perfection of Security Interest MED
   
Essay 4 Priority
PROF-RES: Communications with Opposing Party NEW
NYPRAC: Discovery** HIGH
NYPRAC: Summary Judgment Motion HIGH
TORTS: Trespass to Land LOW
TORTS: Assault NEW
TORTS: Vicarious Liability/Agency HIGH
TORTS: Municipality Negligence HIGH
   
Essay 5 Priority
WILLS: Totten Trust MED
WILLS: Revocation of Will MED
WILLS: Ademption MED
WILLS: Antilapse Statute HIGH
WILLS: Class Gifts to Issue LOW

 

* The MASTER topic for PROPERTY: Tenant Holdover did not discuss Termination of Tenancy - I subsequently added this to the response.

** The MASTER topic for NYPRAC: Discovery did not discuss materials prepared for litigation - I subsequently added a sentence on this to the response.

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE FEB 2011 EXAM

Priority
# of topics
% of exam
HIGH
11
42.3%
MEDIUM
7
26.9%
LOW
5
19.2%
NEW
3
11.5%
TOTAL
26

 

With 23 of the 26 topics being repeaters, the MASTER FEB 2011 outline contained approximately 88% of the topics answered on the February 2011 NY Bar exam essays. MASTER FEB 2011 was approximately 1/10 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Long Books and approximately 1/4 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Conviser. The MASTER FEB 2011 outline was 130 pages long and consisted of approximately 82,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 3.4 hours to read the entire MASTER FEB 2011 outline once. In comparison, the 26 subjects in the BARBRI 2008 Long Books comprise approximately 1,267 pages and consist of approximately 754,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). At the same reading rate, it would take you about 31.4 hours to read the 26 subjects in the BARBRI Long Books. Although the BARBRI 2008 Long Books probably covered almost 100% of the New York essay portion of the exam in detail, studying this entire book would take up a tremendous amount of your time let alone the difficulty in trying to process and remember everything. With MASTER FEB 2011, you would have had basic answers for 88% of the tested February 2011 topics in an outline that would take you about 3.4 hours to read. More so, with the MASTER FEB 2011 HIGH Priority Topics Outline (47 pages, approximately 29,000 words), you would have had 42.3% of the tested February 2011 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.2 hours to read or 2.4 hours to study. This is what I mean by efficiency. Again, MASTER isn't perfect. It isn't on point every time and of course there will always be new topics, which is why you should study outlines and other bar materials also. However, I don't think there is a more efficient way to study for the essay portion of the exam than with MASTER. Keep in mind that MASTER 2011 (or any other bar material for that matter) will not help you if you cannot spot the issues - the MASTER outline and the other material will help you focus on high priority areas, but you still must be able to issue spot and write a good answer.

Resource Pages Words (approx.) Words per page Hours to read* Hours to study*
MASTER Feb 2011 130
82,000
630
3.4
6.8
BARBRI Long Books 2008 1,267
754,000
595
31.4
62.8
BARBRI Conviser Mini Review 2008 682
287,000
420
11.9
23.9

 

*based on 400 word per minute for reading and 200 words per minute for studying.

 

MASTER JULY 2010 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER JULY 2010 performed in regards to the July 2010 exam. MASTER JULY 2010 consisted of 317 total topics and was released May 29, 2010. These 317 topics represented every topic answered on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995-Feb 2010. MASTER JULY 2010 consisted of 137 LOW priority topics, 69 MEDIUM priority topics, and 111 HIGH priority topics. On the July 2010 exam, 40% of all the July 2010 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2010 HIGH priority topics; 28% of the July 2010 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2010 MEDIUM priority topics; and 8% of the July 2010 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2010 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 24% of the July 2010 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay from July 1995-Feb 2010). Following are the essay topics from the July 2010 exam and the priorities that were assigned to them in MASTER JULY 2010:

Essay 1 Priority
CRIMLAW: Alibi
HIGH
CRIMLAW: Brady/Rosario Material*
MED
PROF-RES: Competence
NEW
NYPRAC: Appeals
LOW
CRIMLAW: Manslaughter in the First Degree**
MED
Essay 2
Priority
CONTRACT: Breach by Seller
MED
CONTRACT: Warranties
HIGH
CONTRACT: Non-Conforming Goods
HIGH
UCC: Art 3-Negotiable Instrument
HIGH
UCC: Art 3-Risk of Loss
LOW
Essay 3
Priority
CORP: Shareholder Voting
NEW
CORP: Shareholder Proxies
NEW
CORP: Treasury Shares
NEW
CORP: Super-Majority Voting
MED
Essay 4
Priority
DOMESTIC: Termination of Parental Rights
NEW
DOMESTIC: Child Custody
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Full Faith and Credit of Divorce Decrees
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Jurisdiction-Maintenance and Equitable Distribution
MED
Essay 5
Priority
WILLS: Creation/Validity
MED
AGENT-PART: Partnerships
HIGH
WILLS: Distributions
MED
WILLS: Pretermitted Children
HIGH
WILLS: Elective Share
HIGH
WILLS: Intestate Succession
HIGH

 

* The MASTER topic for CRIMLAW: Brady/Rosario Material was incomplete because it did not talk about exculpatory evidence - I subsequently added Brady material to the response.

** The MASTER topic for CRIMLAW: Manslaughter in the First Degree was incomplete because it did not discuss proximate or intervening cause - I subsequently added this to the response.

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE JULY 2010 EXAM

Priority # of topics % of exam
HIGH
10
40.0%
MEDIUM
7
28.0%
LOW
2
8.0%
NEW
6
24.0%
TOTAL
25

 

With 19 of the 25 topics being repeaters, the MASTER JULY 2010 outline contained approximately 76% of the topics answered on the July 2010 NY Bar exam essays. MASTER JULY 2010 was approximately 1/10 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Long Books and approximately 1/4 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Conviser. The MASTER JULY 2010 outline was 125 pages long and consisted of approximately 78,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 3.1 hours to read the entire MASTER JULY 2010 outline once. In comparison, the 26 subjects in the BARBRI 2008 Long Books comprise approximately 1,267 pages and consist of approximately 754,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). At the same reading rate, it would take you about 31.4 hours to read the 26 subjects in the BARBRI Long Books. Although the BARBRI 2008 Long Books probably covered almost 100% of the New York essay portion of the exam in detail, studying this entire book would take up a tremendous amount of your time let alone the difficulty in trying to process and remember everything. With MASTER JULY 2010, you would have had basic answers for 76% of the tested July 2010 topics in an outline that would take you about 3.2 hours to read. More so, with the MASTER JULY 2010 HIGH Priority Topics Outline (51 pages, approximately 31,5000 words), you would have had 40% of the tested July 2010 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.3 hours to read or 2.6 hours to study. This is what I mean by efficiency. Again, MASTER isn't perfect. It isn't on point every time and of course there will always be new topics, which is why you should study outlines and other bar materials also. However, I don't think there is a more efficient way to study for the essay portion of the exam than with MASTER. Keep in mind that MASTER 2011 (or any other bar material for that matter) will not help you if you cannot spot the issues - the MASTER outline and the other material will help you focus on high priority areas, but you still must be able to issue spot and write a good answer.

Resource Pages Words (approx.) Words per page Hours to read* Hours to study*
MASTER July 2010 125
78,000
623
3.2
6.5
BARBRI Long Books 2008 1,267
754,000
595
31.4
62.8
BARBRI Conviser Mini Review 2008 682
287,000
420
11.9
23.9

 

*based on 400 word per minute for reading and 200 words per minute for studying.

 

MASTER FEB 2010 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER FEB 2010 performed in regards to the Feb 2010 exam. MASTER FEB 2010 consisted of 311 total topics and was released December 21, 2009. These 311 topics represented every topic on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995-July 2009. MASTER FEB 2010 consisted of 134 LOW priority topics, 69 MEDIUM priority topics, and 108 HIGH priority topics. On the Feb 2010 exam, 48% of all the Feb 2010 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2010 HIGH priority topics; 17% of the Feb 2010 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2010 MEDIUM priority topics; and 9% of the Feb 2010 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2010 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 26% of the Feb 2010 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay from July 1995-July 2009). Here are the essay topics from the February 2010 exam and the priorities assigned to them in MASTER FEB 2010:

Essay 1 Priority
DOMESTIC: Conversion Divorce
MED
DOMESTIC: Jurisdiction-Divorce
HIGH
AGENT-PART: Partner Liability
LOW
UCC: Art 9-Perfection of Security Interest*
MED
Essay 2
Priority
WILLS: Creation/Validity
HIGH
WILLS: Layperson Opinion
HIGH
AGENT-PART: Agency Termination
NEW
WILLS: Antilapse Statute
HIGH
WILLS: Ademption
HIGH
WILLS: No Contest Clause
MED
Essay 3
Priority
TORTS: Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress
HIGH
TORTS: Strict Liability for Animals
NEW
NYPRAC: Preliminary Injunction
HIGH
Essay 4
Priority
PROPERTY: Easement-Merger
NEW
PROPERTY: Easement
LOW
PROPERTY: Marketable Title
NEW
CONTRACT: Statute of Frauds
HIGH
PROPERTY: Real Estate Brokerage Contract
NEW
Essay 5
Priority
CORP: Shareholder Right to Inspect Records
NEW
CORP: Closely Held Corporation
MED
CORP: Director Duty of Care
HIGH
CORP: Director Duty of Loyalty
HIGH
CORP: Shareholder Derivative Action
HIGH

 

* The MASTER topic for UCC: Art 9-Perfection of Security Interest was inadequate as it did not talk about automatic perfection in consumer goods - I subsequently added this to the response.

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE FEBRUARY 2010 EXAM
HIGH PRIORITY - 11 TOPICS - 48%
MED PRIORITY - 4  TOPICS - 20%
LOW PRIORITY - 2 TOPICS - 16%
NEW TOPICS - 6 TOPICS - 12%
TOTAL TOPICS ON EXAM - 23

With 17 of the 23 topics being repeaters, the MASTER FEB 2010 outline contained approximately 74% of the topics on the Feb 2010 NY Bar exam.

MASTER FEB 2010 was approximately 1/10 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Long Books and approximately 1/4 the size of the BARBRI 2008 Conviser. The MASTER FEB 2010 outline was 94 pages long and consisted of approximately 73,700 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 3.1 hours to read the entire MASTER FEB 2010 outline once. In comparison, the 26 subjects in the BARBRI 2008 Long Books comprise approximately 1,267 pages and consist of approximately 754,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). At the same reading rate, it would take you about 31.4 hours to read the 26 subjects in the BARBRI Long Books. Although the BARBRI 2008 Long Books probably covered almost 100% of the New York essay portion of the exam in detail, studying this entire book would take up a tremendous amount of your time let alone the difficulty in trying to process and remember everything. With MASTER FEB 2010, you would have had basic answers for 74% of the tested Feb 2010 topics in an outline that would take you about 3 hours to read. More so, with the MASTER FEB 2010 HIGH Priority Topics Outline (39 pages, approximately 30,6000 words), you would have had 48% of the tested Feb 2010 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.3 hours to read. This is what I mean by efficiency. Again, MASTER isn't perfect. It isn't on point every time and of course there will always be new topics, which is why you should study outlines and other bar materials also. However, I don't think there is a more efficient way to study for the essay portion of the exam than with MASTER. Keep in mind that MASTER 2009-2010 (or any other bar material for that matter) will not help you if you cannot spot the issues - the MASTER outline and the other material will help you focus on high priority areas, but you still must be able to issue spot and write a good answer.

Resource Pages Words (approx.) Words per page Hours to read* Hours to study*
MASTER Feb 2010 94
73,700
784
3.1
6.1
BARBRI Long Books 2008 1,267
754,000
595
31.4
62.8
BARBRI Conviser Mini Review 2008 682
287,000
420
11.9
23.9

 

*based on 400 word per minute for reading and 200 words per minute for studying.

MASTER July 2009 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER July 2009 performed in regards to the July 2009 exam. MASTER July 2009 consisted of 310 total topics and was released May 26, 2009. These 310 topics represented every topic on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995-Feb 2009. MASTER JULY 2009 consisted of 115 LOW priority topics, 79 MEDIUM priority topics, and 116 HIGH priority topics. On the July 2009 exam, 52% of all the July 2009 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2009 HIGH priority topics; 20% of the July 2009 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2009 MEDIUM priority topics; and 16% of the July 2009 essay topics came from the MASTER JULY 2009 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 12% of the July 2009 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay from July 1995-February 2009). The MASTER priorities for the July 2009 exam were slightly more accurate than the priorities for the Feb 2009 exam even though I allocated more topics as LOW priority for the July 2009 exam.

Here are the essay topics from July 2009 and the priorities assigned to them in MASTER July 2009:

Essay 1
Priority
AGENT-PART: Agency
MED
CONTRACT: Damages/Cover
HIGH
AGENT-PART: Agent Liability
NEW
CONTRACT: Installment Contract
MED
CONTRACT: Consideration
MED
Essay 2
Priority
CRIMLAW: Larceny
MED
CRIMLAW: Issuing a Bad Check*
LOW
CRIMLAW: Duress
LOW
UCC: Art 3-Negotiable Instrument**
LOW
Essay 3
Priority
DOMESTIC: Conversion Divorce
MED
DOMESTIC: Modification of a Separation Agreement***
LOW
DOMESTIC: Modification of Child Support in a Separation Agreement
HIGH
DOMESTIC: Child Custody
HIGH
Essay 4
Priority
TORTS: Negligent Supervision
HIGH
NYPRAC: Failure to State a Cause of Action
HIGH
TORTS: Negligence
HIGH
TORTS: Landowner Liability
HIGH
CONFLICT: Conflict of Law
HIGH
TORTS: Comparative Negligence
HIGH
Essay 5
Priority
WILLS: Contest of Will/Competence
HIGH
WILLS: Elective Share
HIGH
WILLS: Distribution of Residuary Estate
HIGH
WILLS: No Contest Clause
HIGH
TRUSTS: Creation
NEW
TRUSTS: Irrevocable Trust
NEW

 

* The MASTER topic for Issuing a Bad Check did not talk about defenses - I subsequently added defenses to the response.

** The MASTER topic for UCC: Art 3-Negotiable Instrument did not talk about notes or IOUs - I subsequently added this to the response.

*** The MASTER topic responses for DOMESTIC: Modification of a Separation Agreement and DOMESTIC: Modification of Child Support in a Separation Agreement were reversed due to a topic mis-labeling error.

SUMMARY OF MASTER TOPICS ON THE JULY 2009 EXAM
HIGH PRIORITY - 13 TOPICS - 52%
MED PRIORITY - 5  TOPICS - 20%
LOW PRIORITY - 4 TOPICS - 16%
NEW TOPICS - 3 TOPICS - 12%
TOTAL TOPICS - 25

With 22 of the 25 topics being repeaters, the July 2009 MASTER outline contained approximately 88% of the topics on the July 2009 NY Bar exam.

Master July 2009 was 93 pages long and consisted of approximately 71,400 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 3.0 hours to read the entire MASTER July 2009 outline once. In comparison, the 26 subjects in the BARBRI 2008 Long Books comprise approximately 1,267 pages and consist of approximately 754,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). At the same reading rate, it would take you about 31.4 hours to read the 26 subjects in the BARBRI Long Books. Although the BARBRI 2008 Long Books probably covered almost 100% of the New York essay portion of the exam in detail, studying this entire book would take up a tremendous amount of your time let alone the difficulty in trying to process and remember everything. With MASTER FEB 2009 , you would have had basic answers for 88% of the tested July 2009 topics in an outline that would take you about 3 hours to read. More so, with the MASTER July 2009 HIGH Priority Topics Outline (33 pages, approximately 31,000 words), you would have had 52% of the tested July 2009 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.3 hours to read. This is what I mean by efficiency. Again, MASTER isn't perfect. It isn't on point every time and of course there will always be new topics, which is why you should study outlines and other bar materials also. However, I don't think there is a more efficient way to study for the essay portion of the exam than with MASTER. Keep in mind that MASTER 2009-2010 (or any other bar material for that matter) will not help you if you cannot spot the issues - the MASTER outline and the other material will help you focus on high priority areas, but you still must be able to issue spot and write a good answer.

Resource Pages Words (approx.) Words per page Hours to read* Hours to study*
MASTER July 2009 93
71,400
768
3.0
6.0
BARBRI Long Books 2008 1,267
754,000
595
31.4
62.8
BARBRI Conviser Mini Review 2008 682
287,000
420
11.9
23.9

 

*based on 400 word per minute for reading and 200 words per minute for studying.

 

MASTER FEB 2009 Post-Exam Analysis

This is a post-exam analysis of how MASTER FEB 2009 performed in regards to the February 2009 exam. MASTER FEB 2009 consisted of 307 total topics and was released December 26, 2009. These 307 topics represented every topic on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995-July 2008. MASTER FEB 2009 consisted of 95 LOW priority topics, 97 MEDIUM priority topics, and 115 HIGH priority topics. On the February 2009 exam, 50% of all the Feb 2009 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2009 HIGH priority topics; 19% of the Feb 2009 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2009 MEDIUM priority topics; and 19% of the Feb 2009 essay topics came from the MASTER FEB 2009 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 12% of the February 2009 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay from July 1995-July 2008). The MASTER priorities for the February 2009 exam were slightly more accurate than the priorities for the July 2008 exam even though I allocated more topics as LOW priority for the Feb 2009 exam.

FEBRUARY 2009 EXAM
HIGH PRIORITY - 13 TOPICS - 50%
MED PRIORITY - 5  TOPICS - 19%
LOW PRIORITY - 5 TOPICS - 19%
NEW TOPICS - 3 TOPICS - 12%
TOTAL TOPICS - 26

Here are the essay topics from February 2009 and the priorities assigned to them in MASTER FEB 2009 :

Essay 1
HIGH  DOMESTIC: Equitable Distribution of Marital Property
HIGH  DOMESTIC: Equitable Distribution of Separate Property
LOW   DOMESTIC: Equitable Distribution of a Gift
LOW   NYPRAC: Discovery
HIGH  PROPERTY: Restrictive Covenant
MED   PROPERTY: Constructive Trust

Essay2
HIGH  TORTS: Strict Products Liability
NEW   TORTS: Labor Law § 240
NEW   CORP: Sale or Other Disposition of Assets
HIGH  TORTS: Landowner Liability
HIGH  TORTS: Negligence
HIGH  TORTS: Workers Compensation

Essay3
HIGH  WILLS: Reference by Incorporation-Pourover Trust
MED   TRUSTS: Trust Amendment
LOW   WILLS: Pretermitted Children
LOW   WILLS: Anti-Lapse Statute

Essay 4
HIGH  CONTRACT: Creation/Validity
NEW   CONTRACT: Mutual Mistake *
MED   CONTRACT: Unconscionability
MED   TORTS: Malpractice
HIGH  PRO-RES: Fees

Essay 5
HIGH  NYPRAC: Motion to Dismiss
HIGH  CRIMLAW: Burglary
LOW   CRIMLAW: Kidnapping/Unlawful Imprisonment**
MED   CRIMLAW: Alibi
HIGH  CRIMLAW: Right to Counsel/Miranda

* Although the NY BOLE Content Outline combines Mutual Mistake with Unilateral Mistake, I created a new topic for Mutual Mistake since the answer for Unilateral Mistake was insufficient to answer the exam question. I may combine the two in the future to correspond with the NY BOLE Content Outline.

** Kidnapping previously appeared in Feb 1998, but Unlawful Imprisonment never appeared. The Kidnapping topic could have been used to answer the Unlawful Imprisonment question, so I added to the Kidnapping topic and "merged" the two topics.

With 23 of the 26 topics being repeaters, the February 2009 MASTER outline contained approximately 89% of the topics on the February 2009 NY Bar exam.

MASTER FEB 2009 was 76 pages long and consisted of approximately 68,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 2.8 hours to read the entire MASTER FEB 2009 outline once. In comparison, the 26 subjects in the BARBRI 2008 Long Books comprise approximately 1,267 pages and consist of approximately 754,000 words (tables of content or headings were not included in the word count). At the same reading rate, it would take you about 31.4 hours to read the 26 subjects in the BARBRI Long Books. Although the BARBRI 2008 Long Books probably covered almost 100% of the New York essay portion of the exam in detail, studying this entire book would take up a tremendous amount of your time let alone the difficulty in trying to process and remember everything. With MASTER FEB 2009 , you would have had basic answers for 89% of the tested February 2009 topics in an outline that would take you about 3 hours to read. More so, with the MASTER FEB 2009 HIGH Priority Topics Outline (34 pages, approximately 32,500 words), you would have had 50% of the tested February 2009 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.4 hours to read. This is what I mean by efficiency. Again, MASTER isn't perfect. It isn't on point every time and of course there will always be new topics, which is why you should study outlines and other bar materials also. However, I don't think there is a more efficient way to study for the essay portion of the exam than with MASTER. Keep in mind that MASTER 2009 (or any other bar material for that matter) will not help you if you cannot spot the issues - the MASTER outline and the other material will help you focus on high priority areas, but you still must be able to issue spot and write a good answer.

Resource Pages Words (approx.) Words per page Hours to read* Hours to study*
MASTER Feb 2009 76
68,000
894
2.8
5.7
BARBRI Long Books 2008 1,267
754,000
595
31.4
62.8
BARBRI Conviser Mini Review 2008 682
287,000
420
11.9
23.9

 

*based on 400 word per minute for reading and 200 words per minute for studying.

 

MASTER JULY 2008 Post-Exam Analysis

MASTER 2008 consisted of 299 total topics. These 299 topics represented every topic on the NY bar exam essays from July 1995-February 2008. MASTER JULY 2008 consisted of 64 LOW priority topics, 122 MEDIUM priority topics, and 113 HIGH priority topics. On the July 2008 exam, 45% of all the July 2008 essay topics came from the MASTER 2008 HIGH priority topics; 21% of the July 2008 essay topics came from the MASTER 2008 MEDIUM priority topics; and 10% of the July 2008 essay topics came from the MASTER 2008 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 24% of the July 2008 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay from July 1995-February 2008). Based on the analysis that I discuss elsewhere on this page, the July 2008 topics were prioritized as follows: 64 LOW priority topics, 122 MEDIUM priority topics, and 113 HIGH priority topics. There were a total of 29 topics in the July 2008 essays:

On the July 2008 exam, 3 of the MASTER 2008 LOW priority topics appeared:
AGENT-PART: Partnerships
UCC: Art 9-Perfection of Security Interest
WILLS: Ademption

On the July 2008 exam, 6 of the MASTER 2008 MEDIUM priority topics appeared:
CONTRACT: Substantial Performance
CRIMLAW: Search of Car
EVIDENCE: Hearsay
PROPERTY: Easement-Abandonment
PROPERTY: Easement by Necessity
PROPERTY: Tenant Duty to Repair

On the July 2008 exam, 13 of the MASTER 2008 HIGH priority topics appeared:
CONTRACT: Modifications
CRIMLAW: Right to Counsel*
CRIMLAW: Warrantless Search Exceptions
DOMESTIC: Abandonment
DOMESTIC: Adultery
NYPRAC: Partial Summary Judgment
PROPERTY: Tenants by the Entirety
TORTS: Comparative Negligence
TORTS: Landowner Liability
TORTS: Negligence
WILLS: Anti-Lapse Statute
WILLS: Creation/Validity
WILLS: Pretermitted Children

* I ended up making this a separate topic called CRIMLAW: Right to Counsel/Recess in Testimony because this specific topic did previously appear in July 1998.

Finally, On the July 2008 exam, there were 7 new topics:
AGENT-PART: Accounting
AGENT-PART: Partner Liability
CRIMLAW: Right to Confrontation/6th Amendment
EVIDENCE: Excited Utterance/Present Sense Impression
PROPERTY: Power of Attorney
WILLS: Class Gifts
WILLS: Specific Gift

With 22 of the 29 topics being repeaters, the July 2008 MASTER outline contained approximately 76% of the topics in the July 2008 NY Bar exam. More so, 45% of all the July 2008 essay topics came from the MASTER 2008 HIGH priority topics; 21% of the July 2008 essay topics came from the MASTER 2008 MEDIUM priority topics; and 10% of the July 2008 essay topics came from the MASTER 2008 LOW priority topics (and the remaining 24% of the July 2008 essay topics were new topics that never previously appeared on a NY bar exam essay from July 1995-February 2008).

Master 2008 was 74 pages long and consisted of approximately 75,000 words. Based on a reading rate or 400 words per minute, it would take you approximately 3.1 hours to read the entire MASTER 2008 outline once. With MASTER 2008, you would have had basic answers for 76% of the tested July 2008 topics in an outline that would take you about 3.1 hours to read. More so, with the MASTER 2008 HIGH Priority Topics Outline, you would have had 45% of the tested July 2008 topics in an outline that would take you about 1.3 hours to read.

 

MASTER FEB 2008

I also performed a simulation on the February 2008 exam -- this is how MASTER 2008 would have prioritized the topics that appeared on the Feb 2008 exam:

HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS (since they appeared between the 2nd to 13th exams preceding February 2008)
CONTRACT: Non Conforming Delivery
CONTRACT: Parol Evidence
CORP: Director Duty of Loyalty
CRIMLAW: Attempt
CRIMLAW: Conspiracy
CRIMLAW: Justification
CRIMLAW: Solicitation
DOMESTIC: Modifying a Separation Agreement-Child Support
NYPRAC: Statute of Limitations
PRO-RES: Fees
TORTS: Contribution
TORTS: Negligence
TORTS: No-Fault Insurance
WILLS: Ademption
WILLS: Attorney as Executor Disclosure
WILLS: Creation/Validity
WILLS: Interested Witness

MEDIUM PRIORITY TOPICS (since they appeared between the 14th to 21st exams preceding February 2008)
CONTRACT: Risk of Loss and Bailments
CORP: Interested Director Transaction
CRIMLAW: Assault
CRIMLAW: Infancy
DOMESTIC: Paternity
TORTS: Superceding Causes
WILLS: Putnam Scrutiny

LOW PRIORITY TOPICS (since they appeared between the 22nd to 25th exams preceding February 2008 or the immediately preceding exam)
DOMESTIC: Child Support

NEW TOPIC (and therefore not covered by MASTER)
DOMESTIC: Child Support-Nonpayment

Here, MASTER would have covered 96% of the exam with 65% coming from the HIGH priority topics, 27% coming from the MEDIUM priority topics and 4% coming from the LOW priority topics.

 


 

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