72.8% pass first regionalized and digitalized Bar exams

A TOTAL of 8,241 or 72.28 percent of the 11,402 bar takers passed the first-ever regionalized and digitalized  2020/2021 Bar examinations that were held last February 4 and February 6. 

This was announced by Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, Chairperson of the 2020/21 Committee on Bar Examinations.

Leonen said the successful conduct of the examinations while the country is still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic can be considered a historic achievement.

“Again, let me underscore and acknowledge: Never before did bar examinees face the uncertainties they did for these bar examinations. Anxiety was universal. You only need to ask any lawyer who went through the bar examinations under conventional circumstances to understand that the difficulties of review and uncertainty that this batch went through were sui generis (of its own kind) and far more than what others, during their time, went through,” Justice Leonen said. 

Of the 8,241 who passed the examinations, 761 or 9.23 percent earned recognition for exemplary performance after obtaining grades ranging from 85 percent to 90 percent.

On the other hand, 14 or 0.17 percent of the  Bar passers earned recognition for excellent performance after they obtained grades higher than 90 percent.

Based on the results of the examinations and their respective passing rates, the top law schools under Group 1 ( those with more than 100  first-time bar takers) are first, Ateneo de Manila University, 99.642 percent; second, University of the Philippines, 98.840 percent; third, San Beda University, 98.106 percent; fourth, University of San Carlos, 98 percent; and fifth, University of Santo Tomas-Manila, 93.055 percent. 

UP  also topped the law schools that produced the most number of excellent passers with four.

It was followed by Ateneo de Manila University and the University of San Carlos with two Bar passers earning a grade of more than 90 percent.

The law schools with one excellent passer include Arellano University, Ateneo de Davao University, Far Eastern University, San Beda University, and the University of the Cordilleras.

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