THE first of the four Sundays of Bar examinations administered by the Supreme Court yesterday at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila went off smoothly.
Some 600 MPD police officers were deployed to secure the over 8,000 aspiring lawyers and deter any untoward incident that may happen around the vicinity of the university.
The MPD assured the examinees and the public of stepped-up security in the next examination days “to provide a conducive environment for our future lawyers to take the examination without the worry of any disruption.”
A total of 8,245 law graduates took this year’s bar examination, which is considered the toughest licensure test in the country.
This year’s Bar exams will be held at UST on November 3, 10, 17 and 24.
The Bar exams covers eight subjects Political Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.
The 2019 Bar Examinations Committee Chairperson is SC Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe.
In last year’s Bar exam, only 1,800 out of 8,158 examinees, or 22.7 percent, passed the exam with a graduate from Ateneo de Manila University emerging as number one.
With a passing rate of 89.306 percent, Sean James B. Borja made his way to the top besting more than 8,000 examinees who took the four-Sunday test.
Borja was the class valedictorian in Ateneo law school and worked at Gulapa Law as an underbar associate of the firm.