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Attention you last few Luddites still clinging to your old IBM Selectric typewriters: Don’t bring them to the next California bar exam, July 26-28. They won’t be welcome. Jerome Braun, the State Bar’s director of admissions, said it has become uneconomical to provide electricity and staff for the fewer and fewer typists who show up. At one recent test, he said, there were more proctors and staff than typewriting applicants. “February’s exam was the last time [for typewriters],” he said. “So it’s over.” At a recent committee meeting, he told a group of State Bar governors that from now on, “people will have to use computers or complete the exam by hand.” About 40 percent to 50 percent of applicants still test by hand, Braun said during an interview last week, while the number using their own State Bar-approved computers “is growing every year.” In another five years, he predicted, nearly 100 percent will test on computers. And that anachronistic clacking and bell ringing of typewriters will be a thing of the past.

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