The MPT is the second written component of the UBE. It presents a closed-universe task that asks you to identify, analyze, and resolve real-world ethical dilemmas and legal issues.
The MPT is offered in 43 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Virgin Islands. Jurisdictions may select one or both MPT items to include as part of their bar examinations, but if you are taking the UBE, then you will encounter two back-to-back MPT tasks. Depending on your UBE jurisdiction, the MPT will be a three-hour exam administered in either the morning or afternoon of the last Tuesday of February or July and will be worth 20 percent of your overall score.
What is covered on the MPT?
This portion of the exam isn’t used to measure your memorized knowledge. Rather, it tests your legal research and writing skills.
The MPT is designed to test an examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. In this portion, you will be given a File, Library, and Task Memo. The research and writing assignment tasks vary but may include writing a Memorandum, Letter, Brief, or something more unusual like a Will or Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your legal research and writing skills and show the bar examiners why you deserve your license to practice law.
How to Study for the MPT
Like the MEE, the MPT can seem like a daunting exam to prepare for! Write for the Bar includes licensed MPT questions from past bar exams released by the NCBE. Our editors have specifically selected a diverse array of MPT questions to provide a thorough representation of the types of tasks that you may encounter on the exam, including but not limited to Memorandum, Letters, Briefs, Wills, Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law, and two-part tasks too.
Like our MEE questions, our MPT questions also come with sample answers that students have frequently turned to for added support. Each sample answer and grading grid is intended to demonstrate clear and concise legal writing. By reviewing these sample answers and the application’s Tutor Tips, you will learn how to confidently and quickly draft the MPT task.
Want to say thank you for all your help – especially your advice on the MPT. I prepared the outline you suggested and it was really helpful – no constant flicking through the material – and I finished with time to spare. I made sure to quote cases and legislation as suggested. The lady next to me didn’t finish and I’m sure that without your advice that would have happened to me too.
– Catherine H.