A proposal to shorten CA's bar exam from three days to two, starting July, 2017, won unanimous approval from the State Bar Board of Trustees in July. This is the first format change in more than 25 years and will bring CA in line with a majority of states that offer a two-day bar exam and will save $1.1 million a year.
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"A recent overhaul of the bar exam deserves a flunking grade," according to Professor Bratman, an associate professor of legal writing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Rather than adding additional test subjects to the essay and multiple-choice sections of the bar exam, Professor Bratman asks, "How about focusing on skills like factual investigation?"