The Supreme Court has announced a new schedule for the 2020/2021 Bar Examinations from November this year to January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 2022, due to health concerns brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“After considering the COVID-19 situation nationally and in all the testing sites, as well as receiving advice from various experts…decided to reset the Bar Examinations,” Associate Justice and 2020/2021 Bar Examinations Chairperson Marvic Leonen announced through the just-released Bar Bulletin No. 28, S 2021.
The examination has been postponed for two succeeding years beginning 2020 because of the pandemic. The last Bar Examinations was conducted in 2019 with 7,685 examinees.
Over 11,000 law graduates applied for the Bar Examinations supposedly to be conducted this year. The application period will not, however, be reopened despite the cancellation of the examinations.
The Supreme Court, which also considered the recommendation of the Bar Chairperson, decided to reset the examinations “with an abundance of caution and to assure the highest level of safety for all the bar applicants and personnel.”
Leonen said all the preparatory activities for the Bar Examinations will continue. Among these are the selection of the bar applicants of their venue, downloading of the secure exam delivery program and other activities.
“Treat this as an opportunity. Keep your momentum. Remember that you study not only to pass the Bar Examinations, but also so that you will best serve others,” he said.
Leonen reminded those who will take the Bar to “study well, purposively and with passion.”