SC postpones Bar exams anew

THE Supreme Court has again decided to move the 2021 Bar examination to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“After considering the Covid-19 situation nationally and in all the testing sites, as well as receiving advice from various experts, the Supreme Court, after recommendation by the Bar [chairman], with an abundance of caution and to assure the highest level of safety for all the Bar applicants and personnel, decided to reset the Bar examination from November 2021 to January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 2022,” 2020/21 Bar examination chairman and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said on Tuesday.

This is the second time the high court postponed the Bar examination because of the pandemic.

It was originally scheduled in 2020.

Leonen advised Bar applicants to look at the second postponement as an opportunity to better prepare for the examination.

“Treat this as an opportunity. Keep your momentum. Remember that you study not only to pass the Bar examination, but also so that you will best serve others. Study well, purposively and with passion,” he said.

Leonen clarified that all preparatory activities related to the Bar examination shall continue, including the selection by the Bar applicants of their test venue and downloading of the secure exam delivery program, among others.

The high court approved early this year several reforms in the conduct of the annual Bar examination to make it attuned with the changes in the field of law and improve the quality of legal education in the country.

In July, it launched an online portal for the digital filing of petitions to take the Bar examination called the Bar Personalized Login Unified System, or Bar PLUS.

It negates the need for the Bar applicants to go to Manila.

Using Bar PLUS, the applicants can submit their personal details, access the necessary forms for their application, upload petition requirements and pay for their application digitally.

They can also choose their preferred exam venue, subject to the approval of the Office of the Bar Confidant.

The Supreme Court is targeting a total of 25 testing sites throughout the country for the test.

Among them are Saint Louis University, Baguio City; Ateneo de Manila University; Manila Adventist College; Saint Louis College, La Union; Saint Mary’s University; Cagayan State University; De La Salle Lipa; University of Nueva Caceres; University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City; Central Philippine University; University of Cebu, Banilad; Mindanao State University, Iligan City; Mindanao State University, General Santos City; Ateneo de Davao University; Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City; and Ateneo de Zamboanga University.