MBE Strategies Tip #2 – Criminal Law

murder chart, homicide chart, multistate bar exam MBE Strategies Blog Post Series: Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series! This is Day Two of a 14-day series and we will be covering Criminal Law — and specifically, a homicide question. Out of the 27 questions on Criminal Law on the MBE, 3-4 of them will be on homicide. So it is well worth it to know homicide very well! 

We will be posting an MBE question once every couple days along with an answer. This is a 14-question series, so you will see two questions on each of the seven MBE subjects.

These are MBE questions that students commonly get wrong. If you can master these 14 questions, it could increase your MBE score by that many points if you see any of these issues tested again (which, by the way, you will!). These posts of MBE tips and tricks will not only cover substantive law but also strategy. So each post will cover one highly-tested area of substantive law as well as an important MBE strategy.

Today, we will review the substantive law of homicide and we also have a tip for improving through wrong answers.

Do your best to answer this question (before even looking at the answer choices and before looking at the answer below!) In order to get in the habit of answering question slowly and methodically, ask yourself the questions that are outlined below:  What is the subject? What is the legal issue? What is the rule and analysis? What is the conclusion? Try to answer these beginning questions before even reading the answer choices.

Then you can uncover the Criminal Law answer as well as read more about our MBE strategy of the day — to write down why you answer a question incorrectly when you answer it incorrectly

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If you are looking for a step-by-step guide to improving your MBE score, please review this post for an overview of tips. We will be going through all of the tips in that post (and more) in our MBE Tips and Tricks blog post series.

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