By Jeffrey Damicog
The annual bar examinations will start this Sunday (November 3) with over 8,000 law graduates expected to participate.
The Supreme Court (SC) announced that there will be 8,245 examinees who are expected to take the examinations.
The number is lower compared to the 8,701 who registered to take 2018 bar exams where 1,800 passed out of the 8,158 who actually took the exams.
This year’s bar exams will be held at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila for four consecutive Sundays this month on November 3, 10, 17 and 24.
The subjects that will covered in the bar examinations are Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation Law, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal and Judicial Ethics and Practical Exercises.
The chairperson of this year’s examinations is SC Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe who crafted new policies which will be observed during the exams.
With this, exam takers have been reminded every subject will be divided into two parts and, during the examination, the examinees will each be given “one questionnaire containing Parts I and II and two conjoined booklets (marked Part I and II), where answers corresponding to each part of the questionnaire shall be written.”
“Each booklet shall contain a card wherein the grade or rating received by the Bar examinee for each part shall be indicated. After the examinations, Part I booklets will be released to the first examiner simultaneous with the release of Part II booklets to the second examiner for checking in order to expedite the checking of booklets while ensuring the quality of assessing them,” the examinees were told.
Meanwhile, Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Ma. Cristina Layusa has set up contingency plans for examinees and duty personnel in the event of heavy rains and flooding during the examination dates.
The SC has allotted 10 buses, which will transport examinees and duty personnel in the areas of Quezon City Memorial Circle; the Park and Ride in Lawton, Manila; the SC compound in Manila; the EDSA Magallanes flyover; Ayala Center in Makati; and the Marikina Sports Complex.
The busses will be stationed in these areas as early as 4:30 a.m. and will leave at exactly 5 a.m.
In the event there is flooding inside the UST compound before the start of the exams, commuter vans of the SC shall also be available to transport examinees and duty personnel from the UST gates to their respective examination buildings assured the SC.
If there is flooding after the end of the exams, the SC commuter vans shall also be available at each examination building to shuttle Bar examinees and duty personnel back to Osmeña and Arellano Drives near Gate 5 along España Boulevard, where the SC buses are parked, it added.