List of 2011 Bar candidates now at SC website

October 21, 2011 9:37 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 21 – The list of admitted candidates in the 2011 Bar Examinations can now be viewed at sc.judiciary.gov ph, the official website of the Supreme Court (SC).

This as the SC recently resolved to dispense with publication of the list in newspapers of general circulation in its Oct. 11, 2011 resolution.

The SC has recently approved substantial changes in the conduct of the Bar Examinations, including moving the schedule of the exams from September to November 2011.

The number of this year's Bar applicants, which is 6,210, is 23.26% higher than last year's 5,038.

This entails an increase in cost in the conduct of the Bar exams.

Originally, 6,210 applicants filed their petitions to take the Bar exams.

However, five petitions were denied, while five others were withdrawn.

The record number of examinees was registered in 2008 when 6,364 candidates were admitted to take the Bar exams.

Associate Justice Roberto Abad, Chair of the 2011 Committee on Bar Examinations, said that this year's Bar examinations at the University of Santo Tomas will be conducted as follows: First day (November 6): Political and International Law, and Labor and Social Legislation (morning) and Taxation (afternoon); Second day (November 13): Civil Law (morning) and Mercantile Law (afternoon); Third day (November 13): Remedial Law, and Legal Ethics and Forms (morning) and Criminal Law (afternoon); Fourth day (November 27): Trial Memorandum (morning) and Legal Opinion (afternoon).

The coverage of the Bar Examinations shall now be drawn up by topics and sub-topics rather than by simply stating the covered laws.

Another change is the use of multiple-choice questions that are to be so constructed as to specifically measure the candidate's knowledge of and ability to recall the laws, doctrines, and principles that every new lawyer needs in his practice, and assess the candidate's understanding of the meaning and significance of those same laws and principles as they apply to specific situations.

The Examinations shall also include essay-type questions which will not be Bar-subject specific.

One such essay examination will require the candidate to prepare a trial memorandum or a decision based on a documented legal dispute.

This essay will account for 60% of the exam's essay portion.

The remaining 40% will be covered by an essay which will require the Bar candidate to prepare a written opinion sought by a client concerning a potential legal dispute facing him or her.

In computing a candidate's final grade in the Bar Examinations, the results of the multiple-choice questions examinations will be given a weight of 60%, while those of the essay-type examinations will be given a weight of 40%.

Since this is the first time that that the new format will be implemented, the answers of all candidates in the essay-type examinations will be corrected irrespective of the results of their multiple-choice questions examinations, which are known earlier because these will be checked electronically.

In future Bar Examinations, however, the Bar Chair shall recommend to the SC the disqualification of those whose grades in the multiple-choice questions are so low that it would serve no useful purpose to correct their answers in the essay-type examinations. (PNA) RMA/PTR/utb

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