No Manila-based school in 2016 top 10 bar exam passers
For the first time, not a single Metro Manila-based school had been included in the top 10 of successful bar examinees, Atty. Christina Layusa, the Bar Confidant said.
University of San Carlos had four graduates in the top 10 while Silliman University had three graduates in the top 10.
A total of 3,747 out of 6,344 (59.06 percent) passed the 2016 bar examination. This year’s passing percentage is the second highest since 1946. The highest passing percentage with an average of 75 percent was in 1954 with 75.17, the same year when Justice Florenz Regalado topped the bar exam with a record high of 96.7 percent.
FULL LIST: 3,747 successful passers of 2016 bar exam
“I congratulate and doff my hat to the 3,747 successful candidates. Mabuhay po silang lahat. They deserve to be members of the prestigious legal profession,” 2016 bar examination chair Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr.
“They were asked to answer tricky and challenging questions and they responded with flying colors. The questions were crafted to test the skills of the candidates in clearly presenting their views and thoughts,” Velasco added.
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The figure and percentage of this year’s bar examination are higher than the 26.21% (1,731 out of 6,605) examinees who passed the 2015 bar examinations.
The oath taking of the successful bar candidates will be held on May 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena. Registration will start at 11:00 in the morning.
The bar examinations are given only once every year at a designated venue under the supervision of the Supreme Court which designates an incumbent Justice to chair a committee consisting of eight (8) examiners, one for each bar subject. Under Rule 138, Section 9 of the Rules of Court, the coverage of the Bar Examinations includes the following subjects: Political Law and Public International Law (15%), Labor and Social Legislation (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (10%), Remedial Law (20%) and Legal and Judicial Ethics (5%).
The Chair of the Annual Bar Examinations is given the discretion by the Supreme Court to choose the eight bar examiners who are considered as experts in their particular fields and, during the entire duration of the bar examinations, are bound by strict confidentiality.
The examiners for the 2016 Bar Examinations are: retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura for Political Law and Public International Law, Court of Appeals Associate Justice Magdangal M. De Leon for Labor Laws and Social Legislation, CA Justice Japar B. Dimaampao for Civil Law, Court of Tax Appeals Justice Lovell R. Bautista for Taxation, CA Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando for Mercantile Law, CA Justice Victoria Isabel A. Paredes for Criminal Law, SC Justice Noel G. Tijam for Remedial Law and CA Justice Myra V. Garcia-Fernandez for Ethics and Practical Exercises. JE
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