The Supreme Court declared as a “success” the conduct of pilot/mock Bar Examinations on Jan. 31 “as part of the process of transitioning into a fully digital but localized” tests that will be implemented for the Bar exams in November this year for 2020 and 2021 law graduates.
“This is part of the Court’s reforms to make the bar examinations more equitable and inclusive while at the same time maintaining the standards of the legal profession,” the high court said in a statement released by its Public Information Office.
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, chairman of the 2020 and 2021 Bar Examinations Committee, and other magistrates of the 15-member bench witnessed and supported the event.
A total of 80 law students participated during the mock bar exams held in several testing sites in Baguio City, Makati City, Quezon City, Cebu and Davao.
“The Pilot/Mock Bar was conducted in order to validate the various protocols and digital standards that will be used,” the high court said.
The pilot Bar exams were conducted in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Law Schools, Saint Louis University Law School, Ateneo de Manila University Law School, University of Cebu School of Law,
Ateneo de Davao College of Law and the UP College of Law.
The local governments in these testing sites and the Philippine National Police supported the activity.
“Announcement on the modality of the bar examinations this year will be made through a bar bulletin to be released by the Bar chair by the middle of February,” the high court said.
Only two subjects were covered in the mock examinations.
Leonen 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,” Leonen said.
Due to the coronavirus 2019 pandemic, the high court decided that the Bar examinations for the years 2020 and 2021 will be conducted simultaneously in various testing sites in November 2021.