May 1, 4:53 p.m.- UST RANKED as the seventh top-performing
school in the bar examinations last September with 94 Thomasians passing the test.

The Faculty of Civil Law garnered a 54.65-percent passing rate in the bar exams, higher than last year’s 51.81 percent
with 94 of 172 Thomasian examinees passing the test. Out of the 94 new UST lawyers, 35 were “repeaters.”

“The bar exam is really the toughest professional
exam in the country. That explains the high mortality rate,” said Civil Law
Dean Nilo Divina in a telephone interview.

The national passing rate increased to 24.58
percent from last year’s 20.58 percent as 1,451 of 5,903 hopefuls passed.

The bar exams was topped by San Beda College with
a passing rate of 93.68 percent, followed by Ateneo de Manila University (88.82
percent), University of the Philippines (87.02 percent), Ateneo de Davao
University (67.24
University of San Carlos (66.91 percent), and Far Eastern University-De La Salle University
Juris Doctor-MBA tie-up (60.61 percent).

“We are in the top five law schools in Manila,
but we continue to improve our systems and facilities, attract quality students
and recruit more seasoned professors to further enhance the faculty,” Divina

The new 94 Thomasian lawyers took their oath
last April 28 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Charmaine
M. Parado


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