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Mind Over Legal Matter’s Florida Bar Exam Essay Predictions FEB 2020 Announcement: I will NOT be sharing FEB 2020 predictions with the public, only with my students and online course students. Thank you! :

WHY I DON’T THINK PROPERTY WILL BE TESTED ON JULY 2017 FL BAR EXAM

From 2010 to 2013, Property was tested twice a year.

However before that (2005/2006/2008), AND in the last few years, Property has been tested once a year in February,– with the exception of 2016 where it was not tested at all that year.

This is why I hesitated to pick Property, because I wasn’t sure if it would show up again this year, since it was already tested in February 2017.

Also, I noticed that Property (since 2013) has NOT been tested along with the new subjects (Delinquency/Dep/UCC), and a part of me feels this is because Property tends to have a low median/average already – so testing them with the new subjects would lower the overall curve even further. Just an observation.

On the other hand, if property IS tested, then another thought I had was about Landlord/tenant rules – that has not been tested since 2005, 2000, and 1998. I suddenly started thinking about it the other day – wondering if it would ever show up again soon or if they are retiring that subject.

Just a thought to keep in mind, in case property is tested.

NEW SUBJECTS

In regards to the new subjects, I feel strongly that you will get Delinquency, Dependency or UCC Art 3+9.

Looking back at the essays (since 2013), Delinquency and Dependency have NOT been explicitly tested (and also NOT mentioned in released answers), even though their counterparts have been tested (Family Law and Crim Pro).

So I think it is time that it will get tested, so be especially prepared for Delinquency or Dependency.

In 2013, one new subject was tested in July (UCC Art 9).

In 2014, one new subject was tested in July. (UCC Art 3)

In 2015, one new subject was tested in July. (Crim Law/Pro** first time tested since 80s and 2000)

In 2016, two new subjects were tested in February. (Crim Law/Pro and UCC Art 3 +9 with emphasis on Art 3)

In 2017, none so far.

Be sure to prepare for Delinquency and Dependency, along with Art 3 + 9.

It would seem logical that you might get a full Secured Transactions essay, since that has never happened before (2013 was not a full Art 9 essay, it was mostly Contracts). Nonetheless, be prepared for either Article 3 or Article 9

Of course, ethics would be tested in one of these essays or ALL 3 of them, so be prepared for ethics, no matter what!!

So now that you understand my thought process, below are my personal predictions:

Family Law and Dependency/Trusts/Ethics

 

FL Con Law/Criminal, Crim Pro + Delinquency / Ethics

 

UCC Article 3 +9 / Contracts / Ethics

 

DISCLAIMER: Please know that these are only my personal predictions, and you should in NO WAY exclusively rely on them. At the end of the day, YOU are responsible for your own preparation for ALL of the essay subjects and should not gamble or rely on anyone’s predictions. PREPARE for ALL subjects.