Looking for an MPRE Outline? Note: we do have a lovely MPRE cheat sheet if you are looking for a concise MPRE outline. However, in this post, we want to convince you why you should make your own outline.
As the MPRE gets closer, many students are looking for a “good” MPRE outline. We hear a lot of the same complaints from students who are studying—some of the outlines are too long, others are too short, and some use different language than the Model Rules.
This brings us to the advice we give everyone—you should make your own MPRE outline. We aren’t saying that you need to spend hours sitting in front of the Model Rules and start from scratch. Rather, you should start with an outline that is already completed. For instance, use a Barbri or Kaplan or our outline. Then, parse it down and put it into your own words.
While this may sound like a daunting task, our students say that out of everything, this is one of the most useful things they do to prepare for the MPRE! Some students say that it is truly the difference between passing and failing the MPRE!
We also encourage you to organize your outline in a way that is logical to you. Some students even insert their own charts for the trickier rules (such as Conflicts of Interest). The benefit of doing this is not to have a wonderful work product. Rather, it is the process of organizing and condensing the information.
By creating the MPRE outline, you are forcing yourself to work with the Model Rules and you will be much more well versed in the material than you would otherwise be. Further, by making your own MPRE outline you are taking the first necessary step towards memorization—the comprehension step. (After all, it is much easier to memorize something that you understand!) Many students tell us that making their own outline helps the material finally “click.” Lastly, it is also less boring than reading and re-reading the rules over and over again.
We find that most students underestimate the difficulty of the MPRE. Thus, many students go into the exam with not having studied the materials. We believe the MPRE is manageable if you take the time to learn the Rules. By making your own outline you are going to benefit from the process of taking the time to learn and understand the Rules, so that you can apply them on the exam questions.
If you are not sure how to organize your MPRE outline, or if you are not sure what portions of the MPRE are worth the most, check out our MPRE cheat sheet!. Our MPRE cheat sheet is a three-page MPRE “overview” outline. It tells you how often certain topics are tested. It also contains some useful mnemonics that you may want to include in your outline. Further, it is a very nice overview of the MPRE material in a very manageable three pages!
Additional MPRE Resources:
If you are looking for free resources, you are in luck! For more MPRE tips and tricks, we highly recommend that you review all of our MPRE posts by clicking here. Some popular ones are:
- How to Study for the MPRE: In this post, we give you a quick rundown of how to study properly for the MPRE.
- How many questions you should be answering correctly when you practice? (It may surprise you to know that it is almost the same number of questions that you need to be answering correctly to pass no matter what a “passing score” is in your jurisdiction!)
- How to Improve Your MPRE Score if you find yourself stuck on the same number.
- MPRE Tip: Become familiar with Key Words and Phrases on the MPRE: This post gives you an overview of how you can avoid making mistakes by paying careful attention to the call of the question. If you are taking the MPRE soon, it is a good last-minute read to make sure you don’t fall into a trap!
- Five Last-Minute tips to Pass the MPRE: These are some last-minute tips and tricks that can help you pass the MPRE. They are good things to keep in mind on the exam day!
- How to Pass the MPRE the First Time you Take It: If you are in law school wondering how to conquer this thing the first time you take it, read our advice here.
Good luck studying for the MPRE!
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