November 2, 2015, 8:25p.m. – THE UNIVERSITY will welcome 7,146 examinees from all over the country when it hosts the 2015 Bar Examinations, which will be held on four Sundays of November beginning Nov. 8.

The number of examinees rose by 12.6 percent from last year, according to the Supreme Court.

In a previous interview with the Varsitarian, Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said UST was “all systems go” as it hosts the bar exams for the fifth straight year.

The examinations were previously held at the De La Salle University on Taft Avenue. The venue was transferred to UST in 2011 following  a bomb explosion on the last day of the 2010 exams that left 47 people hurt.

According to the guidelines released by the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) of the Supreme Court, “UST’s España gates open at 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on examination days and [will be closed] thirty minutes before the given examination time. After the gates close, no one will be allowed to enter without the permission of the Bar Chairman or in his absence, the Bar Confidant.”

“Bar examinees assigned to take their examinations at the St. Martin de Porres Building (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Building) and at St. Raymund de Peñafort Building (Faculty of Arts and Letters and College of Commerce and Business Administration Building) may enter the campus only through Gates 2 or 3 along [España] Boulevard,” the OBC added.

In addition, examinees must deposit all electronic gadgets with security personnel before entering their assigned buildings. Deadly weapons are strictly prohibited.

A liquor ban will be observed. The sale of beer and other alcoholic products between 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. will be prohibited around the campus during examination days.

“The same rule applies for drinking of alcoholic drinks inside the University at any time between 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. of the bar examination days,” the OBC said.

Lasy year, San Beda College alumna Irene Mae Alcobilla topped the Bar Examinations with an 85.50-percent score. A total of 1,126 examinees passed out of the 6,344 Bar hopefuls. Clarence I. Hormachuelos


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