FOUR schools in Central Visayas will accommodate examinees for the upcoming 2020/21 Bar Examinations this November.
In Bar Bulletin No. 23 series of 2021 released by the Supreme Court, three schools in Cebu and one in Negros Oriental were named as four schools out of 24 that will serve as local testing centers for the bar exam.
In Cebu City, the University of San Jose Recoletos-Basak Campus will accommodate a maximum of 600 examinees; the University of Cebu School of Law will accommodate 1,000 examinees; and the University of San Carlos School of Law and Governance will accomodate 200 slots.
In Dumaguete City, Silliman University College of Law will accept a maximum of 1,000 examinees.
The Bar exam in 2020 was canceled in 2020 due to the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Bar applicants are required to select their local testing center through the Bar Personal Login Unified System (Bar Plus).
The Supreme Court said to make the exam more inclusive to all examinees, venue-matching will not be on a first-come, first-served basis and that applicants from remote areas will be prioritized.
Locations within the Philippines will be ranked from the least to the most remote and the Bar Plus will process the choices of the applicants from the most remote locations.
Applicants can select their chosen local testing center only after their applications have been approved by the Supreme Court En Banc. The Office of the Bar Confidant will send separate emails to approved applicants.
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, 2020/21 Bar Examination chairperson, advised applicants to choose the testing center closest to their residence.
"This will not only reduce their expenses, but will also free up slots in vicinities closest to those with the least resources. In this pandemic, while we allow the applicants to make their own choices, we hope that they will do so with responsibility and compassion," Leonen said in the bar bulletin.
In 2019, the Supreme Court said 7,685 aspiring lawyers took the tests, but only 2,103 have made it. (JGS)