FACULTY of Civil Law Dean Alfredo Benipayo said he is satisfied with the performance of Thomasian examinees who hurdled the 2006 Bar Exams with a higher passing rate compared to last year’s.

“Considering that more examiners took the test this year, the passing rate should have gone down but it went up still,” Benipayo said. “The figure speaks for itself; I am satisfied with the performance of the new Thomasian lawyers.”

Although no Thomasian landed in the Top 10, Benipayo said that what matters more is the number of examinees who passed.

“If there is a Thomasian in the top ten, well, very good. But for me, what is more important is the number of passers,” he added.

This year, Civil Law registered a 71.43 per cent passing rate, higher than last year’s 64.97 per cent, as 130 out of the 182 examinees passed.

The national passing rate also went up from 27.2 per cent last year to 30.6 per cent this year. The 2006 Committee on Bar Examinations, the administering-body of the test, is headed by Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, an alumna of the Faculty of Civil Law.

Benipayo said that the Faculty will do its best to maintain the performance of the University for the 2007 exams.

“I invited a series of good lecturers from other universities for the bar exam review,” Benipayo said. “We are continuously inspiring and encouraging the students to review well.”

The exam, given during the four Sundays of September 2006, covered Political and International Law, Labor and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises.

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According to the Supreme Court’s criteria, an examinee should attain an average grade of 75 without receiving a grade below 50 in the eight areas to successfully pass the exam.


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