Rappler's latest stories on bar exams
It's not your usual grand celebration but it's historic
2020 Bar chair Justice Leonen also says the Court must take a hard look at the Bar exams and 'make its practices more reasonable'
'What we really need are lawyers who will choose legal education, and not just if free time will allow it'
Six graduates of the Dr Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation in Tacloban City drew strength from one another as they prepared for their second Bar exam
Despite facing disappointment early in his bid to become a lawyer, Jun Dexter Rojas goes on to become the first Bar topnotcher of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Law
'I saw how a lawyer can help a person no other profession can,' says Saint Louis University's Anton Luis Avila
Jaime Guerrero believes it would only take one strong push for him to finally pass the bar exams, which he failed several times
'Persevere with all your might and make use of whatever luck there is in your stars, until such time that the universe is led to no other choice but to make your will happen,' says Jzev Villanueva
Twitter users, including thousands who dream of being accountants and lawyers themselves, congratulate Kenneth Manuel
Mae Diane Azores keeps it practical – she wants a country where people are not burdened by unnecessary suits, and where courts are not clogged
'Only one of us passing was probably never an option for us,' says Jesse Solis of her brother Mijo
After the grade was lowered to 74, more than 300 made the cut
(UPDATED) Mae Diane Azores, who lives at the foot of Mount Mayon, always had grand dreams
Bebelan Madera of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod City was working in Manila when she was called home by her parents, a move that paved her way to law school
The University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi in Albay produces the 2019 Bar examinations' 1st and 3rd placers
Bar 3rd placer Myra Baranda says she finds fulfillment in interacting with people, hearing their grievances, and being at the receiving end of their gratitude for help she has given them
The 2020 Bar examinations will also be regionalized – they will be held in Manila and Cebu City
'Wala rin naman silang ibang nalalapitan, we need more lawyers who will handle these cases,' says Margaret Callanta
(3rd UPDATE) Mae Diane Azores of the University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi tops the bar with 91.049%
(3rd UPDATE) This year is a peculiar experience for Bar passers as the coronavirus pandemic forced the hopefuls to wait for the results at home
MANILA, Philippines –
The list will not be displayed at the Supreme Court premises. Bar takers should wait for the online release at home.
This question – ‘Did X’s proclamation divest the Comelec of its jurisdiction to decide the case and vest the HRET jurisdiction? Explain.’ – is unnecessarily complicated
In its message to Bar candidates, Malacañang meanwhile says, 'Rise to the challenge'
Around 600 cops will secure the University of Santo Tomas (UST) where 8,245 law graduates will take the Bar Exams for 4 Sundays of November
2019 Bar Chairman Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe says this year's bar syllabus is 'markedly different' from the past
University of the Philippines has the 2nd highest rate, and Cebu’s University of San Carlos has the 3rd highest rate
Tune in at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 6, as Rappler sits down with Sean James Borja to discuss the rule of law, legal education reforms, and the topic closest to his heart – LGBT rights
Michael Calzado and Charmaine Lynn Tan share the same goal of passing all their subjects, being able to graduate from law school, and passing the Bar exams
Doctor Jean Joan Polido, one of the passers of the 2018 Bar Exams, shares how she decided to pursue her childhood dream
Bar passers and their families share heartfelt moments after the results of the 2018 Bar Examinations are announced
The Ateneo de Manila University School of Law returns to the top after 6 years, while the University of the Philippines College of Law returns to the top 10 after two years
Marcley Augustus Natu-el, Mark Lawrence Badayos, Jebb Lynus Cane, Alan Joel Pita of the University of San Carlos place 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th in the 2018 Bar exams
'We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers consider pursuing a career in the government,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, who also tells the incoming batch of lawyers not to be biased when faced with questions of law
'Yung effort ng anak ko, talagang it paid off,' says Emma Dublin, the proud mother of national team member now also a lawyer Maria Rodielita A. Dublin
2018 Bar topnotcher Sean James Borja says what drew him to the law profession is 'being able to provide a voice to those who don't necessarily have it'
The beauty queen is among the 1,800 successful bar examinees
(UPDATED) When Vincent Joshua Bohol graduated from San Beda College Alabang in June 2018, the court did not allow his senator mother to attend the ceremony
(UPDATED) Sean James Borja tops the exams with a score of 89.306%. The other top 10 passers are from the University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University-Manila.
The passing rate for Bar Examinations 2018 is lower than that of the previous year, when 25.55% passed
The number of Bar candidates who registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years
The bar exams – whose results are much-awaited and covered by the media – are, at best, simply a measure of a particular year’s test takers, nothing more
'This is the highest number of Bar candidates in recent years,' says the Supreme Court, as 8,701 candidates registered to take the exams
(UPDATED) The number of Bar candidates registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years
We asked the new lawyers what they think is the biggest threat to the legal profession. They all seem to agree the threat is coming from within their ranks.
To you who haven’t made it yet, don’t give up. Seek and welcome help. There is no harm in acknowledging that you don’t know everything about the law, about life.
Neneth Aporo, daughter of a retired policeman from Tondo, makes it as a lawyer in the Big Apple. She dreams of being a public attorney in the Philippines.
The shifting of gears was not always well-oiled. It had its fair share of creaks and clunks.