San Beda law grad tops 2014 bar exams; UC places 5th

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bar Exam 2014 top 10 passers (Courtesy: Supreme Court Public Information Office)

MANILA (Updated) -- A law graduate of San Beda College topped the 2014 Bar examinations while a University of Cebu (UC) graduate placed fifth, the Supreme Court (SC) announced on Thursday.

Irene Mae Alcobilla led the list of 1,126 new lawyers, with a rating of 85.5 percent. The last time a San Beda graduate paced the exam was in 2009.

The rest of the top 10 are:

2nd Place

Christian Drilon, Ateneo de Manila University (85.45 percent)

3rd Place

Sandra Mae Magalang, University of the Philippines (84.60 percent)

4th Place

Mark Leo Bejemino, University of the Philippines (84.55 percent)

Gil Li Garcia, Ateneo de Davao University (84.55 percent)

Reginald Laco, De La Salle Lipa (84.55 percent)

5th Place

Michelle Liao, University of Cebu (84.50 percent)

6th Place

Jose Angelo David, San Beda College - Manila (84.45 percent)

7th Place

Adrian Aumentado, San Beda College - Manila (84.35 percent)

8th Place

Rhey David Daway, University of the Philippines (84.2 percent)

Fideliz Cardellie Diaz, Far Eastern University-DLSU (84.2 percent)

9th Place

Jamie Liz Yu, University of the Philippines (84 percent)

10th Place

Tristan Matthew Delgado, Ateneo de Manila University (83.95 percent)

The SC said the passing rate is 18.82 percent even as the justices lowered the passing grade to 73 percent from 75 percent. The Court also trimmed the passing grade to 73 percent in 2013 and 70 percent in 2012.

By comparison, 22.18 percent (representing 1,174 individuals) of a total 5,292 takers passed the 2013 edition.

Passers may secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant from April 6 to April 23. The oath-taking of the successful Bar candidates will be on April 24 at 3 p.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

Supervised by Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, the 2014 edition was held in four Sundays of October last year at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila with 5,984 law graduates taking part.

In determining the average, subjects in the examinations are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15 percent; Labor and Social Legislation, 10 percent; Civil Law, 15 percent; Taxation, 10 percent; Mercantile Law, 15 percent; Criminal Law, 10 percent; Remedial Law, 20 percent; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5 percent, for a total of 100 percent.

Scores in the essay questions carried a weight of 80 percent, while multiple choice examinations were given a weight of 20 percent in computing a candidate’s final grade. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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