SC opens talk over holding Bar exams outside Manila

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

SUPREME Court (SC) justices have opened the discussion of holding the Bar examinations, one of the toughest licensure tests in the country, in Visayas and Mindanao.

In a one-page resolution dated November 19, the High Court heeded the recommendation of the Office of the Bar Confidant to allow the Bar examinations committee to look into the proposal of the Cebu City Council.

The City Council forwarded to the SC a resolution asking it to hold the exam outside Metro Manila for the benefit of provincial takers.

This year, the exam was taken by more than 5,000 law graduates in four Sundays of October at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Among the subjects tackled in the test were political and international law, labor and social legislation, taxation, civil and criminal law and legal ethics and practical exercises.

Only 949 or 17.76 percent of 5,343 examinees passed the Bar last year, the lowest passing percentage since 1999 when only 660 or 16.59 percent made it to the roll of attorneys. (Sunnex)

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