Be reasonable! Sta. Maria laments low passing rate in Bar exams

Far Eastern University law dean Mel Sta. Maria lamented that while the medical board exams have registered as 81.84 percent passing rate, not many lawyers are being produced in the Philippine Bar examinations. In short, the passing rate has been dismal.

“In checking the test papers, examiners should appreciate an examinee’s answer not on the basis of how the Supreme Court would answer the questions but how a law student, using his knowledge of the law, navigates them in coming up with answers (regardless of whether his/her result is in accordance with precedent or not),” the abogado expressed in a Facebook post.

“For after all, precedents can be abandoned, present rulings reversed, and good lawyers are supposed to be advocates. There are 8,701 aspiring lawyers who registered for the bar exams, 81.84% is equivalent to 7,121. That number will be very good for the Philippines. Three more Sundays to go. To all barristers, especially my FEU, Ateneo, PLM students, do your best, try your hardest! May God be with you,” he added.

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