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2009 Philippine Bar Exams

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1 2009 Philippine Bar Exams on Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:56 pm


Arresto Menor
6,080 hopefuls start bar exams Saturday

September 4, 2009, 6:51pm

A total of 6,080 law graduates are set to take the 2009 bar examinations for four consecutive Sundays this month starting Saturday at the De La Salle University (DLSU) campus along Taft Avenue in Manila.

Justice Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura, chairman of the 2009 bar examinations committee, said there would be two examiners for each of the eight bar examination subjects. Thus, he said, each subject would be divided into two parts to be handled by two different examiners.

Under the Rules of Court, a candidate may be deemed to have passed his examination successfully if he has obtained a general average of 75 percent in all subjects without falling below 50 percent in any subject.

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.

It was in February this year when the Supreme Court approved the recommendation of Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa to designate two examiners per subject.

The SC has mobilized 1,372 personnel -- including building coordinators, superintendents, supervisors, head watchers, watchers, bar assistants, and special assistants to help ensure the successful conduct of the exams.

According to Layusa, bar examinees are encouraged to go the DLSU early tomorrow because traffic is expected to build up near the university due to the annual Alay Lakad along Roxas Boulevard that will coincide with the first day of bar examinations.

She said DLSU gates would be open as early as 5 a.m. during the four Sundays of bar examinations.

Last year, only 1,310 out of the 6,364 examinees passed the bar examinations.


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