As one of the top law schools of the country, Ateneo Law School has always performed consistently well in the bar examinations, and this year is no different. Among the 6,748 who took the bar last November, 1,724 passed, making the national passing rate 25.5%. Of the passers, 135 come from our alma mater. Ateneo’s overall passing rate is 82.82%, with 84.71% as the percentage for first time takers. Jewelle Ann Lou P. Santos from Block B placed 14th overall.
Last year was a significant milestone in the history of the Bar, as it was the first time that nobody from a Metro Manila law school placed in the top ten, with majority of them coming from Siliman University in Negros.
This year, however, the results have been geographically diverse as schools from both inside and outside the metro garnered top spots. Mark John B. Simondo from University of St. La Salle scored 91.05%. University of Sto. Tomas and University of San Carlos had the most number of passers in the top 10 — each with 3 alumni placing 6th, 9th, and 10th and 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin served as Bar Chairperson for this year, and the examiners he have chosen for the subjects are the following:
Commissioner Mehol Sadain for Political and Public International Law;
Justice Francisco Acosta for Labor Law and Social Legislation;
Atty. Arturo de Castro for Civil Law;
Atty. Leonor Boado for Taxation Law;
Atty. Raul Vasquez for Mercantile Law;
Atty. Alexander Padilla for Criminal Law;
Atty. Willard Riano for Remedial Law; and
Justice Mario Lopez for Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises.
Overall, it can be said that this year’s bar results are a reflection of Ateneo Law School’s excellence in providing quality education. This success is a testament to the leadership of Dean Sedfrey Candelaria, as his term of office is coming to a close. With Atty. Joey Hofileña’s assumption of office as the new Dean of Ateneo Law School this June, there is no doubt that he will also be able to continue the legacy of performing well in the Bar examinations. Indeed, this success is an achievement of the entire law school community and is something to take pride in. P