October 28, 2015, 10:44p.m. – ASPIRING to achieve a 100-percent passing rate in the Bar Exams and land graduates in the top 10, the Faculty of Civil Law will hold “departmentalized” final examinations starting this academic year.

In a letter addressed to faculty and students, Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said the departmentalized exams was aimed at helping students excel in eight subjects covered by the Bar Examinations, namely: Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation Law, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

Divina said he had formed an Academic Department as well as eight departments to cover the eight subjects, each consisting of a department chair, vice-chair and department secretary.

“[This is] all directed towards our aspiration of achieving a 100% Bar passing rate and solidly landing our graduates in the Top 10,” Divina said in his letter dated Oct. 23.

For the final exams, professors under each department will be asked to submit a minimum of 10 questions with their corresponding answers. Questions will also be sourced from the faculty’s uniform case syllabus as well as from past bar exams.

The proposed questions will be forwarded to the Dean’s Office a week prior to the final examination.

The departmentalized final exams will account for 40 percent of a student’s overall grade. Class standing will have a weight of 25 percent while the preliminary exams will account for the remaining 35-percent.

Divina said students should study laws and jurisprudence “beyond what is required inside the four corners of the classroom and whenever possible, ahead of our own semestral pace.” Clarence I. Hormachuelos


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