« on: April 10, 2016, 12:24:55 PM »
Well, it's official.
After considering the issue for a while, Calbar has decided to shorten the bar exam to two days. This follows New York's adoption if the Uniform Bar Exam or whatever it's called.
I have mixed feelings.
The main difference is that the new bar will have 5 instead of 6 essays (a mistake, IMO), and one 90 minute PT instead of two 180 minute PTs (a good move, IMO). I felt that the PTs were pointless busy work, and would like to have seen them replaced or shortened anyway. Losing an essay, though, is not good. The essays test substantive legal knowledge and issue spotting, both super important.
I guess my ideal would be a three day exam with more essays/multiple choice, and less PTs.
The other issue, of course, is whether this will flood the CA market with more out of state attorneys since this exam will be (presumably) easier to pass.