Philippines: 2020 Bar Exams postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The Supreme Court en banc said Wednesday it decided to postpone the 2020 Bar Examinations due to the “social and economic disruption” of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a bulletin, 2020 Bar exam chairperson Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the new schedule of the test will be announced in June, adding it would “definitely be held” next year.

“This is to give the court ample time to determine the necessary adjustments and to make adequate preparations for the safe and orderly conduct of the examinations,” he said.

The exams will also be held in Manila and Cebu for the first time after the high court approved Leonen’s proposal to regionalize the tests.

The Bar Exams were usually held at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila during all four Sundays of November.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday announced 2,103 of 7,685 candidates passed the 2019 Bar exams.