2020 Bar exams postponed to 2021

Lian Buan
2020 Bar exams postponed to 2021


The 2020 Bar examinations will also be regionalized – they will be held in Manila and Cebu City

MANILA, Philippines – The 2020 Bar examinations will be postponed this year, the Supreme Court announced on Wednesday, April 29.

“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,” said Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the Bar Chairperson for 2020.

Leonen said that the new date will be announced in June 2020 “when the current adjustments to the present pandemic becomes clearer.” The Bar examinations are usually held November every year.

“It shall definitely be held sometime in 2021,” said Leonen.


Another change for the 2020 Bar examinations will be the two locations where they will be held. 

“Acting on the Bar Chairperson’s proposal for regionalization, the Supreme Court en banc resolved that the next Bar examinations shall be held in Manila and in Cebu City,” said Leonen.


The Supreme Court also announced on Wednesday the results of the 2019 Bar examinations, where 27.36% of the takers, or 2,103 examinees, passed.

Bicolana Mae Diane Azores of the University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi topped the 2019 Bar exams. Rappler.com


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