The next bar exams were shortened by a week | Rare Techy
The Supreme Court on Monday said that the next bar exams in September 2023 will be reduced to three days a week.
The court, which oversees examinations for new lawyers, made the announcement after this year’s bar exams concluded last Sunday.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, the 2022 bar exam chairperson, formally handed over the chairmanship to Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando during a turnover ceremony held at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Hernando congratulated Caguioa and his team for “making the 2022 bar exams a success.”
He said the court has set the gold standard for professional licensure examinations along with digitized and regionalized bar examinations.
Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said that the digitized and regionalized tests have given equal and equal opportunity to all.
“Certainly, with our new method, we have given our examinees a more level playing field and, as far as the Ateneo prayer goes, an equal opportunity for those in contention,” Gesmundo said.
According to the Supreme Court, out of 10,006 applicants, 9,183 or 91.77 percent appeared for the exam.
Candidates sat for Remedial Law 1, Remedial Law 2 (with Basic Tax Remedies) and Legal Ethics. According to the data released by the Office of the Bar Chair, only 9,184 appeared on the last day out of 9,190 who completed the examination on the third day.
9,207 candidates cleared the exams on Political Law, International Law (with related tax principles) and Labor Law on November 9 last. As of November 13, 2, 9,196 bar examinees completed their criminal law exams. (and practical exercises and commercial law) On the third day, November 16, 9,190 examinees completed the Civil Law 1 and Civil Law 2 (and practical exercises) examinations.
This year’s bar exams were held at 14 regional exam centers across the country.
In a related development, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) plans to adopt a digitized and localized system for bar examinations for its own civil services tests.
Caguioa led CSC officials led by its chief Carlo Nograles to observe how the court conducted the bar exams on the last day of tests.
“In line with our vision to move away from traditional pen-and-paper exams, keeping the momentum of the digital shift, the Commission plans to introduce digitized and localized exams for the CSC-PPT (Civil Service Examinations-Pen and Paper Test). Taking the initiative of the Supreme Court,” Nogreles said in a statement.