Starting July 2017, California Bar Exam to go from 3 days to 2 days

First New York, then California!

During some time approximately last year or earlier this year, the New York State Board of Law Examiners announced that they are switching the New York bar exam to the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) format starting in July 2016.  See the website announcement here.

Now, California bar officials announced that, starting in July 2017, they will convert the original three day bar exam to a two day test.  See the full details of this change published in this American Bar Association Journal article.

The big question is: now that the New York bar exam will be UBE format and the California bar exam is one day shorter, will it be easier?  What do you think the numbers will look like after the tests (will it be a higher pass rate or a lower pass rate)?


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