Don't you guys have model student answers in the state specific essay testing books? For PA, we have an outline of topics and fine points, a model examiner answer which resembles something you'd complete if you had time to spend an hour or two researching the issue on lexus, and a student answer which someone correctly stated is brief with no case numbers/names and an imperfect statement of the law. Basically I just look to the examiner answer to get the finer points of law and some of the analysis then compare what I had with the model student answer.
I am OUTRAGED by the Illinois essay book. Many, if not most, of the answers are way too long and completely unresponsive to the question (or at least 90% of the answer is unresponsive). I feel like most of these questions could be answered with a few sentences, and with 30 minutes, they'd better be. One of the family law questions asks if spousal maintenance is appropriate and they list all SEVEN criteria in a tidy little box! RIDICULOUS. How about something that can realistically be done in 30 minutes. Does anybody know if IL posts sample answers that received a 5 anywhere? My guess is probably not, since they just started doing MEE in 2007 and that's 6 of the 9 essays.