Why are Issue Statements Important on NY Bar Exam Essays

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.

 (contains the NY Bar Exam Essays from July 1995 to Feb 2015 in PDF format)

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:


Legal analysis and feedback for the NY Bar Exam Essays

(contains the NY Bar Exam Essays from July 1995 to Feb 2015 in PDF format)

Keep in mind, the function of an issue checklist on the NY bar exam essays is to provide you one method to help you identify "issues" germane to the question presented. For purposes of this question, the "issues" are "intentional tort claims" (again, for sake of economy, discussion of pertinent defenses is omitted). Also, you should recognize the limitations of issue checklists. Such checklists do not include the elements of the "issues" (i.e., the rule statements that naturally accompany their discussion in an actual essay answer). Instead, in this variation of an issue checklist, the sole purpose is to assist in the identification of legal "issues" germane to the question presented. Also, of course, you will need to be able to recall any checklist from memory during the actual examination.