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Ready for it? 7,227 aspiring abogados set to take the 2017 Bar exams

A total of 7,227 law students will take the country’s 117th Bar examination, arguably the hardest licensure examination in the country, this coming Sunday.

The number of examinees this year was higher compared to last year’s 6,831.

The exam will be held on four Sundays of this month starting on November 5, 12, 19, and 26 at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in Manila.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas P. Bersamin will be the examiner for this year.

“Any act that undermines the safe and orderly conduct of the bar examinations or disturbs the due decorum therefor shall be punished with direct contempt of court, and shall be dealt with summarily,” Bersamin said.

The gruelling exam will cover eight subjects, namely: Political Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law, and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has readied contingency measures in case of bad weather will hamper the exam.

In Bar Matter No. 20 signed by Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Ma. Christina Layusa, 10 Supreme Court buses will be deployed in case of bad weather to pick up the examinees in several designated points in Metro Manila that will bring them to the UST campus.

“In case of heavy rain in the morning of a Bar examination day, a limited number of Supreme Court buses shall be available to transport Bar Examinees and duty personnel to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) from the following pick-up points: Quezon City Memorial Circle (2 buses), Park and Ride, Lawton, Manila ( 1 bus), Supreme Court Compound, Taft Avenue (2 buses), EDSA Magallanes Flyover, Pasay City (2 buses beneath the flyover, Greenbelt and Glorietta, Ayala Center, Makati (2 buses) and at the Marikina Sports Complex (1 bus),” part of the contingency plan said.

The shuttle buses will be stationed at these areas as early as 5 a.m. and will leave at exactly 5:30 a.m. and it will be on a first come, first serve basis.

“In order to avail of this service, they must present their Notice of Admission, Gate Pass and/or ID card, as the case may be, to the bus driver before being allowed to board,” Layusa said.

In case of flooding inside the UST compound, commuter vans of the SC shall be available to transport bar examinees and duty personnel from the UST gates to their respective examination buildings within UST

‘’Priority in the use of the commuter vans shall be given to senior citizens, pregnant women and persons with disability,’ Layusa said.

In case of flooding after the end of the examinations, Layusa said the SC commuter vans are on standby at each examination building in UST to transport back Bar examinees and duty personnel to the Osmeña and Arellano Drives near Gate 5 on Espana Boulevard, where the SC shuttle buses are parked.

“The SC shuttle buses shall then be available to transport bar examinees and duty personnel from the UST to the following drop-off areas: north-bound passengers shall be transported up to QC Memorial Circle; south-bound passengers could be dropped-off at Park and Ride in Lawton, Supreme Court premises and EDSA Magallanes Flyover (beneath the Flyover) in Pasay City; for Makati area, drop-off area shall be at the Ayala Center (Glorietta and Greenbelt); and for Marikina area and the Marikina Sports Complex,” she added.

On the second Sunday of the Bar exam, examinees have also been advised to avoid Roxas Boulevard because of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit.

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