1,913 pass 2011 Bar; Ateneo graduate tops listINQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines—A total of 1,913 out of the 5,987 examinees passed the first predominant multiple choice question-type tests in Bar Examinations’ 110-year history, with the number of successful passers considered as the “second highest rate in the millennium,” Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez said Wednesday.
An Ateneo de Manila law graduate, Raoul Angelo D. Angelo, topped the Bar exams with a rating of 85.5363 percent, while Luz Danielle O. Bolong, also from Ateneo, placed second, getting 84.5563 percent, Justice Roberto Abad, chairman of the 2011 Bar Committee on the Bar Examinations said during a press briefing at 2 p.m.
The list of successful examinees was shown on three LCD monitors set up at the Supreme Court front yard and posted on INQUIRER.net.
The first Bar exams were held in 1901, with 13 examinees.
The oath taking of the successful Bar candidates is set at 2 p.m. on March 21, at the Philippine International Convention Center.
“The Bar passers may secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant during office hours, Monday to Friday, from March 1 to 23, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ,” the Supreme Court said in a statement.
The November 2011 Bar exams implemented the following reforms:
1) coverage was drawn up by topics and sub-topics rather than by just stating the covered laws;
2) the Bar exams were comprised of multiple-choice-question (MCQ) examinations in the following subjects with the following weights: Political Law (15%), Labor Law (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (15%), Remedial Law (20%), and Legal Ethics/Forms (5%) with the results of the MCQ and essay-type examinations given weights of 60% and 40%, respectively, in the computation of the candidate’s final grade; and
3) the examiners in all eight Bar subjects were, apart from preparing the MCQs for their respective subjects, divided into two panels of four members each with one panel grading the memorandum or decision essay while the other the legal opinion essay.
The four-Sunday exams were held on November 6, 13, 20, and 27 last year at the University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila. The tests were administered through Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa.