MORE than 8,000 law graduates have been permitted to take the 2019 Bar examinations to be held every Sunday of November at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.
In a document released by the Supreme Court through the Office of the Bar Confidant, 8,245 candidates will be taking the first examination on November 3.
Gates of UST along España Boulevard will open at 4 a.m. and 12 noon during examination days and will close 30 minutes before examination time.
Ma. Cristina Layusa, deputy clerk of Court and Bar confidant, reminded candidates that “no one will be allowed to enter” without the permission of the Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe, the 2019 Bar chairman, if they fail to come in before the gates closed.
“Bar examimees assigned to take their examinations at the St. Martin de Porres Building, the St. Raymond’s Building and the Albertus Magnus Building may enter the campus only through Gate 2 or 3 along España Boulevard,” part of Bar Bulletin 4 of the Supreme Court for the 2019 Bar Examinations read.
In case of heavy rains during the examinations, the high court said it would deploy 10 of its buses to tarnsport the examinees and personnel to UST.
Pick-up points are located at Quezon City Memorial Circle; Park and Ride at Plaza Lawton in Manila; Supreme Court Compound, also in Manila; EDSA Magallanes Flyover in Pasay City; Greenbelt and Glorietta in Ayala Center, Makati City; and Marikina Sports Complex in Marikina City.
For 2019, the “two-examiner” policy will be implemented, dividing every Bar subject into two parts.
Under the policy, “Part 1 booklets will be released to the first examiner simultaneous with the release of Part 2 booklets to the second examiner for checking.” This process, according to an en banc resolution, will ”expedite the checking of booklets while ensuring the quality of assessment.”
“Answers to the questions in Parts 1 and 2 of the questionnaire must be written in the corresponding examination booklet — Part I and Part 2,” part of the message of Bernabe to examinees read.
Subjects for the examinations spread out through the four Sundays are Political Law, Labor Law and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation Law, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics and Practical Exercises.
In 2018, 8,155 candidates took the examinations and only 1,800 passed, with Sean James Borja from the Ateneo de Manila University emerging as topnotcher with a rating of 89.3060 percent.
The Manila Police District said it would deploy 600 of its force to tighten security around the area.
“[There will be] stepped-up security for the event to provide a conducive environment for our future lawyers to take the examinations without worry of any disruption,” Manila police chief and Brig. Gen. Bernabe Balba said in a statement.