Where to Get More Civ Pro MBE Questions to Practice With

I have a love-hate relationship with Civil Procedure. Maybe a like-dislike relationship since I did get a B+ in my 1L class and that ain’t half bad for Civ Pro.

It can actually be somewhat straightforward if you get to know it, but it’s a pretty technical subject. Not all of us is a gunner nerd who went on to clerk for some circuit judge.

Here’s the real problem: Civ Pro has been a wild card since it was introduced as a new subject in the MBE. It used to be pretty simple to find practice questions for the other subjects, but…

What are the best places to get Civ Pro MBE questions to practice with now?

 

 

To get you started, here’s a compilation of supplements, resources, and sources of Civ Pro MBE questions (free and paid, authentic and author-written options):

 

Free Paid
Authentic/Real – The NCBE has 10 sample questions with official annotations here – 30 official questions (and answer key, presumably no annotations) from the NCBEs Study Aid (download option also available for $15 less)

7Sages MBE Question Bank – Premium version has the 30 official Civ Pro questions from the NCBE Study Aid (without answer explanations). But I don’t think it’s very helpful to have the answers but not the explanations

The Starter version has 10 official Civ Pro questions and may be worth it ONLY if you were already planning on getting at least two of the official Online Practice Exams (with official annotations/explanations), which are included with 7Sage for less than what you’d pay the NCBE

Author-written – BarPrepHero has a free practice exam with 30 Civ Pro questions here Emanuel’s Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Volume 1 (6th edition)

Has excellent answer explanations. Reviewing and understanding these thoroughly is where the learning happens

AdaptiBar—see review here (enter your email below to get a $30 coupon code)

Online comprehensive universe of licensed questions from past MBEs, with analytics built in

200 simulated Civ Pro MBE questions

– Esqyr’s RealResults MBE program, with 1,109 real questions by the NCBE, with answer explanations. Trial available. 98 Civ Pro questions from Fleming’s Fundamentals of Law + 10 from the NCBE (enter your email below to get a $30 coupon code)

– If you’re using a bar course, it probably comes with some Civ Pro questions. Might as well use them if you already spent four figures on your course

 

For the AdaptiBar or RealResults coupons mentioned above:

In list form, separated by free, paid, authentic, author-written variants. There will be overlaps:

Free Civ Pro MBE questions:

  • BarPrepHero has a free practice exam with 30 Civ Pro questions here
  • The NCBE has 10 sample questions with official annotations here

Paid Civ Pro MBE questions:

  • Emanuel’s Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Volume 1 (6th edition)
    • Has excellent answer explanations. Reviewing and understanding these thoroughly is where the learning happens
  • AdaptiBar—see review here (enter your email below to get a $30 coupon code)
    • Online comprehensive universe of licensed questions from past MBEs, with analytics built in
    • 200 simulated Civ Pro MBE questions
  • 30 official questions (and answer key, presumably no annotations) from the NCBEs Study Aid (download option also available for $15 less)
  • 7Sages MBE Question Bank – Premium version has the 30 official Civ Pro questions from the NCBE Study Aid (without answer explanations). But I don’t think it’s very helpful to have the answers but not the explanations
    • The Starter version has the 10 official Civ Pro questions (the ones that are free) and may be worth it ONLY if you were already planning on getting at least two of the official Online Practice Exams (with official annotations/explanations), which are included with 7Sage for less than what you’d pay the NCBE
  • Esqyr’s RealResults MBE program, with 1,109 real questions by the NCBE, with answer explanations. Trial available. 98 Civ Pro questions from Fleming’s Fundamentals of Law + 10 from the NCBE (enter your email below to get a $30 coupon code)
  • If you’re using a bar course, it probably comes with some Civ Pro questions. Might as well use them if you already spent four figures on your course

Authentic/Real Civ Pro MBE questions:

  • The NCBE has 10 sample questions with official annotations here
  • 30 official questions (and answer key, presumably no annotations) from the NCBEs Study Aid (download option also available for $15 less)
  • 7Sages MBE Question Bank – Premium version has the 30 official Civ Pro questions from the NCBE Study Aid (without answer explanations). But I don’t think it’s very helpful to have the answers but not the explanations
    • The Starter version has the 10 official sample Civ Pro questions (with annotations) and may be worth it ONLY if you were already planning on getting at least two of the official Online Practice Exams (with official annotations/explanations), which are included with 7Sage for less than what you’d pay the NCBE

Author-written Civ Pro MBE questions:

  • Emanuel’s Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Volume 1 (6th edition)
  • AdaptiBar—see review here (enter your email below to get a $30 coupon code)
    • Online comprehensive universe of licensed questions from past MBEs, with analytics built in
    • 200 simulated Civ Pro MBE questions
  • BarPrepHero has a free practice exam with 30 Civ Pro questions here
  • Esqyr’s RealResults MBE program, with 1,109 real questions by the NCBE, with answer explanations. Trial available. 98 Civ Pro questions from Fleming’s Fundamentals of Law + 10 from the NCBE (enter your email below to get a $30 coupon code)
  • If you’re using a bar course, it probably comes with some Civ Pro questions. Might as well use them if you already spent four figures on your course

 

For the AdaptiBar or RealResults coupons mentioned above:

Of course, you don’t need ALL of these to study for the MBE. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one either. Whatever you decide, consider these factors when picking resources for Civ Pro MBE:

Answer explanations?

This is where the learning happens.

It’s not putting in the time itself that makes you better. Improvement comes from constant feedback and learning every time you try to solve a difficult problem. You’ll make progress if you spend just as much as time figuring out what went wrong and what went right.

If you’re just doing problems, seeing how many you got right, and moving on without reflecting on the right and wrong answers, you may as well have not done them at all.

To that end, choose a resource that includes answer explanations so you know why you got a question right or wrong.

My pickEmanuel’s Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Volume 1 (6th edition)

Honorable mentions:

Real vs. “fake” MBE questions?

Generally speaking, yes, I’d stick mostly to past MBE questions.

You wouldn’t study for the essays on the bar using final exams from law school, right? You study with essays released by your state bar to train as if it were the real thing and do the real thing as if it were practice.

So it makes sense to stick to real questions. The style and feel are most similar.

If you only consider that, the best questions for Civ Pro MBE would be the 10 sample questions. They meet the ideal conditions: direct from the examiners with answer explanations. But that wouldn’t be nearly enough.

Also, the MBE is getting trickier every year. If you use AdaptiBar alone (for example), you may be leaving some blind spots open. It’s reasonable to assume that the examiners are aware of the common supplements like AdaptiBar. They license out the questions to them, after all.

To account for the unpredictability, it’s not a bad idea to mix in some questions from elsewhere, such as your bar course. It may be coming back full circle to the point where doing non-licensed questions is more useful than we thought. Or maybe it’s always been useful.

Draw, say, 10-25% of your questions from non-licensed sources. I recommend drilling with “fake” questions for your trouble topics anyway so that you don’t “waste” the real questions.

My pick: NCBE’s 10 sample questions with annotations — as authentic as you can get

Honorable mentions:

Mix drills with:

Online vs. paper?

People prefer different formats when practicing.

Some resources are in paper form. This simulates the actual exam. Just note your answers on a separate sheet of papers because you may want to redo the questions later (and you get a higher resale value (plus why would you want to deface a perfectly clean book that you only have one copy of)).

My pick for pencil-and-paper formatEmanuel’s Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Volume 1 (6th edition)

Some resources are accessible on your computer or mobile devices. This is convenient because you can work on the go or on different devices. You may also have the option of printing certain things on paper.

My picks for online format:

Printable:

Having overlapping resources (for example, using AdaptiBar + Strategies & Tactics) is not necessarily a superfluous waste

First, I strongly recommend redoing problems anyway.

Second, most Civ Pro questions won’t be the same, since there aren’t many questions released by the NCBE.

While AdaptiBar will completely overlap S&T, for example, for the other MBE subjects (which is fine), you’ll get different flavors of Civ Pro.

What you may want to avoid is getting a supplement that’s mostly useless unless you get it exclusively. Specifically, I wouldn’t buy both 7Sages MBE Question Bank and the NCBE questions for the reason I offered above.

That said, this typically isn’t a big concern, especially it comes to Civ Pro. Maybe what’s more important to you is…

Price?

The price of the supplement can vary anywhere from as low as $50 to as high as $365 (not counting the cost of your bar program) and anywhere in between.

This is a decision you’ll have to make based on the above factors. Here’s my take on the cost effectiveness:

My picks:

They’re free.

You get 40 Civ Pro questions along with the author’s excellent explanations (and hundreds of questions for other subjects) for only about $50.

Go for a new copy if you can so that you don’t see the previous owner’s markings. Also, it should come with an insert that lets you access 27 additional questions online. A used copy may not have this insert.

Prices of other supplements, in order of worthiness:

  • AdaptiBar: $365 (using $30 coupon) for the entire universe of past MBE questions, along with their 200 Civ Pro and 15 new Real Property questions
  • Esqyr RealResults: $199 for 108 Civ Pro questions (98 from Fleming’s)
  • NCBE Study Aid: $100 (physical) or $85 (downloadable) for 30 official Civ Pro questions, no annotations
  • 7Sages MBE Question Bank: $149 (Premium) for the 40 official Civ Pro questions (30 from Study Aid + 10 free) or $109 (Starter) for the 10 official Civ Pro questions (yes, the free ones)—ONLY get these if you were going to get at least two of the Online Practice Exams anyway

 

If you decide to get some of these supplements, I might have a coupon for you: $30 off each of AdaptiBar and RealResults. Enter and confirm your email here to get them instantly:

I hope this breakdown was helpful. Leave a comment below if you want to suggest another option for Civ Pro MBE.

Brian

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