The Supreme Court (SC) conducted on Sunday, Jan. 31, an online pilot or mock bar examinations in preparation for the digital tests in November this year for the 2020 and 2021 law graduates.
It was not known immediately if the 120 students targeted for the mock examinations participated in four areas – Ateneo Law School for Metro Manila, St. Louis University in Baguio City for Luzon, University of Cebu in Cebu City for the Visayas, and Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City for Mindanao.
Two subjects — Political and International Law, and Criminal Law — were covered in the mock examinations.
SC Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, chairperson of the 2020 and 2021 bar examinations committee, earlier said the mock bar examinations “will be a small-scale simulation of the actual Bar Examinations using computer software, proctored both physically and virtually.”
“The goal of this exercise is to improve on the procedure and technical specifications for the first-ever digital and localized Bar Examinations in November 2021,” he said.
The SC is expected to announce not later than Feb. 14 the procedure and timeline for the conduct of the bar examinations this year.
Last year, the SC announced that because of the corona virus 2019 pandemic, the bar examinations for the years 2020 and 2021 will be conducted simultaneously in Manila and Cebu City in November 2021.
However, with the setting of the mock examinations in four testing sites, it was not known immediately if Baguio City and Davao City would be included as testing venues this year.