Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 bar exams moved to November

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MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 27, approved the recommendation to move the 2015 Bar examinations from October to November in consideration of the academic calendar shift of some law schools in the country.

The move was recommended by the Philippine Association of Law Schools, and endorsed by Bar Confidant Cristina Layusa.

Many universities with law schools already began adjusting their academic calendars for the ASEAN integration.

In 2014, the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas opened classes in August and July, respectively.

The Ateneo de Manila University will start academic year 2015-2016 in August instead of June.

The recent SC decision takes into account the effect of the academic calendar shift on the review period of law graduates.

This is not the first time the annual Bar exams will be conducted in November. The 2011 exams happened on all 4 Sundays of November.

Prior to 2011, the exams were held every September at the De La Salle University, but was moved to a different date and location after violence rocked the last day of the 2010 Bar exams. (READ: FAST FACTS: Philippine Bar examination)

During the 2014 Bar exams, 5,994 examinees answered 80% essay-type questions and 20% multiple choice questions.

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro will chair the 2015 Bar exams. Layusa said the venue has yet to be announced. –

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