2020-21 Bar Exams moved to Feb. 4 and 6

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) – The Supreme Court (SC) has again moved the date of the 2020-21 Bar Exams due to the current COVID-19 surge.

The exams will now be held on Feb. 4 and 6, from its previous rescheduled date of Jan. 23 and 25.

The High Court on Friday said almost 17% of the 8,546 examinees have been either infected with COVID-19, living with someone who tested positive for the disease, or under quarantine for being a direct contact.

The SC collated its data from the response of those who received an electronic mail from the Office of the Bar Chairperson.

The court also advised all Bar examinees to undergo quarantine by Jan. 20, or at least two weeks before the tests.

"Bar examinees are urged to remain in solidarity with those who have been severely affected by this pandemic and the last typhoon. Lawyering is not only about you. It is a noble profession founded on compassion for others," 2020-21 Bar Exams chairperson and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said.

Both the 2020 and 2021 Bar Exams have been rescheduled due to the health crisis.

The SC recently passed a resolution which cut the Bar Exams to two days, where aspiring lawyers will take four sets of tests covering the usual eight subjects.