THE Ateneo Law School accomplished an 81.01% over-all passing rate in the 2015 Bar examinations. The passing rate for first-time takers from the Ateneo this year is at 83%, whereas the passing rate for Ateneans who have taken the Bar examinations before is at 77.78%. The total number of examinees for the school is 237.
Reginald Arceo led the new batch of Atenean lawyers with a score of 86.70%, good for 4th place overall. Mandy Therese Anderson (5th place) and Jericho Tiu (8th place) join Arceo in the Top Ten, with scores of 86.15% and 85.85% overall respectively.
Topping the Bar examination this year is Rachel Angeli Miranda from the University of the Philippines with a score of 87.40%, followed by Athena Plaza from University of San Carlos with 87.25% , and Jayson Aguilar, another UP graduate, with a score of 86. 75%.
Other topnotchers include Giselle Hernandez from UP with 86.10% and Darniel Bustamante of San Beda College – Manila with 85.90% at 6th and 7th place respectively. Joining Jericho Tiu in 8th place are Jecca Jacildo from the University of San Carlos and Soraya Laut from Xavier University. Jedd Brian Hernandez from UP ranked 9th with 85.80%, and Ronel Buenaventura from Bulacan State University and Lara Carmela Fernando of San Beda College – Manila all scored 85.75%, good for 10th place.
Ateneo Law improved its performance in the 2015 Bar examinations, bouncing back from a 53.78% overall passing rate in 2014. The national passing rate also improved to 26.21% with 1,731 of 6,665 examinees hurdling the Bar this year, from last year’s 18.82%.
Criminal Law, Political Law, and Civil Law proved to be the most challenging exams in 2015, with only 17%, 23% and 24% of the total examinees passing these subjects respectively.
According to the Office of the Bar Confidant’s memo dated May 2, 2016, the 2015 Bar examiners are the following:
Presiding Justice Amparo M. Cabotaje Tang
– Political Law and Public International Law
Asst. Court Administrator and Chief Public Information Officer Theodore O. Te
– Labor Law and Social Legislation
Atty. Rita Linda V. Jimeno
– Civil Law
Justice Amelia R. Cotangco-Manalastas
Atty. Rafael A. Morales
– Mercantile Law
Justice Efren N. De la Cruz
– Criminal Law
Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo
– Remedial Law
Justice Maria Theresa Mendoza-Arcega
– Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises
Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, who chaired the Supreme Court Bar Examination committee for the 2015 exams, earlier said the oath taking of passers is set on June 16, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. P