GUIDE: 2019 bar exam passers online clearance, oathtaking

MANILA, Philippines – Congratulations to all the 2019 Bar Passers!
2019 bar exam passers online clearance, oathtaking

The Supreme Court (SC) announced Wednesday that passers are required to obtain a clearance from the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) subject to identity and records verification prior to the oathtaking and signing of the roll of attorneys.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, clearance procedure for the 2019 Bar Passers will be conducted completely online.

"No Bar Passer shall be allowed to physically visit the OBC for this purpose," SC said.

Each Bar Passer is required to follow this procedure:

1. The Bar Passer, using one’s own e-mail address, shall send an e-mail to the OBC from May 11-22, 2020, stating his or her complete name in the subject line (e.g., Dela Cruz, Jo R.) and contact numbers in the body, and attaching two image (2) files:

(a) law school or government-issued identification card bearing one’s photograph; and

(b) his or her recent photograph holding a paper with full name and signature written on it.

NOTE: These e-mail addresses shall be used strictly and exclusively for the online clearance of the 2019 Bar Examinations’ passers. Other inquiries sent via these e-mail addresses shall not be entertained. For such inquiries, please call the OBC at (02) 852 68122.

List of Identification Cards (ID)
  • Passport
  • Driver's License
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID
  • Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID)
  • Social Security System (SSS) ID
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) e-Card
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Certification
  • National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ID
  • Philippine National Police (PNP) ID
  • Police Clearance
  • Bureau of Fire Protection ID
  • Certification from the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP)
  • Voter’s ID
  • Postal ID
  • Senior Citizens ID

2. Both attachments shall be in JPEG or PNG format with dimensions of no more than 3 by 5 inches and total file size of no more than 10MB, and shall indicate the Bar Passer’s complete name in the file names (e.g., Dela Cruz Jo R.1.jpeg and Dela Cruz Jo R.2.jpeg).

3. Bar Passers shall send e-mail to corresponding OBC address:

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NOTE: The OBC shall acknowledge receipt of the e-mail.

4. After the OBC has verified its records, the Bar Passer shall receive an e- mail reply stating whether the clearance to take the oath and sign the roll of attorneys is granted or the reason for its denial.

Please note that clearance shall not be granted to:

(a) those who were conditionally admitted to take the 2019 Bar Examinations but failed to timely submit the requisite documents within the period previously given to them; and

(b) those with administrative and/or criminal cases filed against them.

Nevertheless, such Bar Passers must still send the above-mentioned image files for the OBC's records. The OBC shall issue an announcement when it is ready to accept Petitions to Take the Lawyer's Oath from these Bar Passers after the roll signing of those who are granted clearances based on the procedure explained herein.

5. Further announcements will be made regarding the oath taking ceremony and signing of the roll of attorneys for those who have received their clearances.

2019 bar exam passers online clearance, oathtaking
2019 bar exam passers online clearance, oathtaking

Oathtaking schedule and venue

Schedule and venue of oathtaking of 2,103 new lawyers are not yet announced by the Supreme Court. Delay on the next milestone is expected due to community quarantine.

The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the regular venue of the bar passers’ oath-taking ceremony, was converted into a temporary quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients.


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SEE ALSO: SC postpones 2020 bar exam due to COVID-19

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