Bar exams results out Feb 29

The full results of the bar examinations administered in November last year at the University of Santo Tomas will be divulged at 2 p.m. of Wednesday, officials of the Supreme Court assured Tuesday. Supreme Court Associate Justice Roberto Abad, Chairman of the 2011 Bar Exam Committee, said a decoding process is underway to match the examination numbers with the corresponding names of the 5,990 examinees who actually took the exams. Abad said 6,200 were admitted or qualified to take the exams but only 5,990 examinees showed up on the exam dates. SC Court Administrator and spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said the 2011 passing rate of 31,9 percent is the highest since 2001 when 32.89 percent was the success rate. The lowest was set in 2002 at 19.68 percent. Abad and Marquez said the results will be uploaded to the SC website and transmitted to news media. Marquez said reforms in the bar exams contributed to the high 2011 success percentage. “What we are seeing now is a jump from 20.86 percent in 2010 to 31.95 percent in 2011. A large part of that may be explained in the number of reforms undertaken by the court in the bar of 2011,” Marquez said in a news briefing. One of the reforms was the adoption of multiple choice questions. “Because of the enormous growth of laws, doctrines, principles, and precedents, it has been noted that such (predominantly essay type) examinations are unable to hit a significant cross-section of the subject matter,” the high court said in a policy announcement. “Further, the huge number of candidates taking the examinations annually and the limited time available for correcting the answers make fair correction of purely essay-type examinations difficult to attain,” the court also said. “Besides, the use of multiple choice questions, properly and carefully constructed, is a method of choice for qualifying professionals all over the world because of its proven reliability and facility of correction,” the SC added. But essay type questions remained. The high tribunal chose the approach of “dedicating these (essay type examinations) to the assessment of the requisite communication skills, creativity, and fine intellect that bar candidates need for the practice of law.” The examiners for the 2011 bar exams were: Court of Appeals Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier for Political Law; Author and professor Atty. Cesario Alvero Azucena Jr. for Labor Law; Former Justice undersecretary and law dean Ernesto Pineda for Civil Law; Law book author Abelardo Domondon for Taxation; CA Justice Ramon Paul Hernando for Mercantile Law; Sandiganbayan Justice Maria Cristina Cornejo for Criminal Law; Former professor Virgilio Manguera for Remedial Law; and MCLE lecturer and professor Edwin Carillo for Legal Ethics. The country’s newest lawyers will take their oath in the afternoon of March 21, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center. — VVP/ELR, GMA News
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