THE UNIVERSITY was the fifth-best among law schools with more than 100 first-time examinees in the 2020/21 Bar examinations.

Of the 216 Thomasians who took the examinations for the first time, 201 passed, or a 93.06-percent passing rate.

Former Varsitarian editor in chief Lord Bien Lelay and sports writer Mary Athena de Paz were among those who made it to the roster of new lawyers.

Ateneo de Manila University ranked first among law schools that fielded more than 100 examinees after posting a 99.64-percent passing rate, or 279 out of 280 examinees.

The exemplary and excellent lists replaced the traditional top 10 for this year’s Bar examinations, which were conducted digitally for the first time.

A total of 761 examinees recorded scores of 85 to 90 percent and made it to the exemplary list. According to the UST Civil Law Student Council, among the exemplary passers were 26 Thomasians.

Fourteen examinees were included in the excellent list, for examinees who scored more than 90 percent in the examinations.

The University of the Philippines Diliman had the most examinees in the two lists, with 147 exemplary passers and four excellent passers.

The national passing rate rose to a 20-year record high 72.28 percent (8,241 of 11,402) from 2019’s 27.36 percent (2,103 of 7,685).

The examinations were held on Feb. 4 and 6 at local testing sites nationwide.

An undisclosed number of examinees were disqualified from the examinations for violating the exam policies set by the Office of the Bar Chairperson and the honor code. Alexandra L. Mangasar


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