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Justice Leonen to pitch 'fail or pass only' for bar exams

Jul 31, 2019 - 5:38 PM

2019 Bar Chairman Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe says this year's bar syllabus is 'markedly different' from the past

BAR EXAMS. 2020 Bar Chairman Associate Justice Marvic Leonen at the gate of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) when the 2018 Bar Examinations opened on November 4, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'A dream come true': 2018 Bar passers celebrate success

May 03, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Bar passers and their families share heartfelt moments after the results of the 2018 Bar Examinations are announced

GRATITUDE. The proud mother of Nadine Patriziah Agustin rejoices when she sees her daughter pass the 2018 Bar Examinations on May 3. Photo by Isabel Lupac/Rappler

Bar exams 2018 results out on May 3

May 01, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The number of Bar candidates who registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR 2018. The results of the 2018 Bar Examinations will be released on May 3. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler case: PH Bar Association concerned law being used to silence gov’t critics

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'Law students and legal professionals alike look forward to how the courts will resolve threshold issues such as the purported retroactive application of the Cybercrime Prevention Act,' says the Philippine Bar Association

COURT APPEARANCE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (with counsel Ted Te) files a motion to quash the cyber libel case filed by the justice department on behalf of businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Judge Soriano: Afford everyone rule of law, if only for our own safety

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The judge from Makati rose to prominence for his firm orders that directly contradicted and rejected the request of the country’s most powerful man – President Rodrigo Duterte

RULE OF LAW. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano delivers a speech on the rule of law before the Philippine Bar Association on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jazmin Tremblay/Rappler

'Special marshals' could prevent killings of judges

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Special marshals are 'an elite force of armed professional state security operatives intended to provide protection to judges,' says Jose Agcaoili of the Philippine Bar Association

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

PH Bar Association on lawyers' killings: 'End this madness'

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The organization calls the killings a 'vicious and mortal assault on the very institution, the system that promises justice for all'

Rappler Talk: PH Bar Association's Jose Agcaoili on seeking justice for slain lawyers

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with Philippine Bar Association president Jose Agcaoili to discuss the killings of members of the legal profession in recent years

[OPINION] Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court

SC warns lawyers: Disrupt oath-taking ceremony decorum, face contempt

May 30, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The warning is interpreted as a cautious move against any possible show of opposition towards the Sereno ouster

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Bar topnotchers and their passions: Poverty, health, political dynasties

May 01, 2018 - 11:52 AM

We asked the new lawyers what they think is the biggest threat to the legal profession. They all seem to agree the threat is coming from within their ranks.

CLOCKWISE: Top 3 Camille Remoroza from Ateneo de Davao, Top 6 Lorenzo Luigi Gayya from UST, Top 18 Aecaya Christine Calero from UST and Top 9 Klinton Torralba from UST

[OPINION] My 3-year Philippine Bar exam journey

May 01, 2018 - 9:26 AM

To you who haven’t made it yet, don’t give up. Seek and welcome help. There is no harm in acknowledging that you don’t know everything about the law, about life.

New York lawyer passes PH Bar: She’s coming home soon

Apr 28, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Neneth Aporo, daughter of a retired policeman from Tondo, makes it as a lawyer in the Big Apple. She dreams of being a public attorney in the Philippines.

Photo congratulating 2017 Bar topnotcher ready days before results, says USLS prof

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:53 PM

What made former USLS College of Law dean Ralph Sarmiento believe Mark John Simondo would someday top the Bar? The student's brilliant answer to a 'very complicated problem about the relationship of the bill of rights and the powers of the state'

2017 Bar exam topnotcher wants to be a lawyer for the poor

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Mark John Simondo of the University of St La Salle says a lawyer does not have to join government to be able to serve the public

LA SALLE'S PRIDE. Bar examination 2017 topnotcher Mark John Simondo (right) holds a press conference in Bacolod City on Thursday night, April 26, 2018, hours after the Bar exam results are announced. He is with (from left) former University of Saint La Salle College of Law dean Ralph Sarmiento, USLS president Brother Kenneth Martinez, and USLS College of Law dean Rosanne Juliana Gonzaga. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

WATCH: 'Anak, pasado ka!' and other victorious 2017 Bar moments

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children

BAR VICTORY. Editha Billones calls her daughter Zandalee to inform her she has passed the 2017 Bar Examinations. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2017 Bar: Redemption for UST, sorrow for hazing victim Castillo's mom

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

It is bittersweet redemption for a law school rocked by a high-profile hazing scandal

Security personnel check entering examinees during the first day of the Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A total of 6,924 law graduates applied for the 115th Bar exams which will be held on four consecutive Sundays of the month starting November 6. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Try and try': Bar 2017 takers say failure is not the end

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:19 PM

This was the 4th time both Leslie Llagas and Katherine Macaroy took the Bar. Despite failing several times, their dream to be a licensed lawyer has never faded.

Bar exam 2017 topnotcher is also a registered nurse

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Before becoming the 2017 Bar exams topnotcher, Mark John Simondo of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod was also the law school's valedictorian and, before that, a magna cum laude graduate of nursing

FULL LIST: Bar Exam 2017 passers

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

A total of 1,724 examinees pass the 2017 Bar Examinations

Photo by Bong Santisteban

Mark Simondo of University of St La Salle Bacolod tops 2017 Bar Exams

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 Bar Exam topnotcher is Mark Simondo of the University of St La Salle Bacolod with a grade of 91.05%

Photo from @SCPh_PIO

Bar Exam results 2017: 25.55% passing rate

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The passing grade this year is 75% for the total 6,748 law graduates who took the Bar in November 2017. Less than 2,000 make it.

Photo by Leanne Jazul

Bar Exam 2017 results out on April 26

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:41 PM

A total of 7,227 law graduates took the Bar Examinations in November 2017

Well-wishers greet aspiring lawyers on the last day of the Bar Examinations on November 26, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

2017 Bar questions copied from past exams?

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Legal Education Board (LEB) Chairman Emerson Aquende, however, says 'there is nothing wrong with repeating test questions'

Bar 3rd placer wants to practice law in hometown

May 04, 2017 - 8:04 PM

There are offers from law firms in Manila but I haven t considered them yet I really love Dipolog City life here is simple no traffic problems Liong says

BAR PASSER. Athalia Briones-Liong meets Sancho S. Amatong, president of Andres Bonifacio College in Dipolog City. Photo by Gualberto Laput

Once more, fanfare over Bar results

May 04, 2016 - 3:45 PM

I look forward to the day that the fitness of the law graduate will be determined by more intelligent devices than a test that strikes anywhere

Cebuana Bar topnotcher: No need to go to Manila for good education

May 04, 2016 - 5:27 AM

Athena Plaza who graduated from the University of San Carlos USC in Cebu places second in the 2015 Bar examinations with a grade of 87 25

WELL-RESTED. Athena Plaza, 2015 bar exam second placer, says it is important for her to get enough rest to perform well. Photo by Jensen Floren/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 2015 Bar exam results

May 03, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Passers welcome the official announcement with squeals of joy Those who don t make the cut leave the scene quietly some of them in tears

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

UP Law graduate is 2015 Bar topnotcher

May 03, 2016 - 12:58 PM

3rd UPDATE Four out of the top 10 passers come from UP

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Rachel Angeli Miranda is the 2015 Bar topnotcher. Photo from the Supreme Court

Lawyers share holiday spirit

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:17 AM

The Philippine Bar Association brings Christmas cheer to children living in a Gk community

FAST FACTS: Philippine Bar examination

Nov 08, 2015 - 7:52 AM

(UPDATED) The highest percentage of exam passers was in 1954 with 75.17 percent, while the lowest was in 1999 with 16.59%

'Salubong' blast victim passes 2014 Bar exams

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:54 PM

God took my leg not my dream says 2014 Bar exams passer Joanna Katrina Ledda who lost her left leg in the blast that marred the 2010 Bar exams

Photo from Jokat Ledda's Facebook account

Antiqueña Bar topnotcher lost mom, brother to Typhoon Frank

Mar 26, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The incident ‘made her even stronger [to] resolve that despite this setback she would help herself ’ Irene Mae Alcobilla’s professor at the West Visayas State University says

2014 BAR TOPNOTCHER. Irene Mae Alcobilla of San Beda College tops the 2014 Bar exams. Photo from Irene Mae Alcobilla's Facebook account

IN PHOTOS: 2014 Bar exam results

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Scenes of quiet anticipation and excitement mark the release of the 2014 Bar exam results outside the Supreme Court

2014 Bar exams No. 2 wants to 'influence the influencers'

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Christian Drilon valedictorian of Ateneo Law School Class 2014 wants to teach law

2014 Bar topnotcher: I hoped to pass, didn't expect to be No. 1

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:48 PM

San Beda law graduate Irene Mae Alcobilla says she got the good news via messaging app Viber but thought it was a joke at first

Photo from Irene Mae Alcobilla's Facebook account

FULL LIST: 2014 Bar Exam results

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:34 PM

Here is the full list of the 1 126 successful examinees in the 2014 Bar examinations

San Beda College graduate tops 2014 Bar exams

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:50 AM

UPDATED 1 126 out of 5 984 examinees pass one of the hardest licensure exams in the Philippines listed here in full

Corona who? Aquino slams him again in speech to lawyers

Jun 26, 2014 - 11:03 PM

President Benigno Aquino III cites the case of dismissed chief justice Renato Corona as one of the reasons why lawyers must take extra care in following the law

AQUINO ARRIVAL. President Benigno Aquino III arrives from his Japan trip which he calls short but productive. Malacañang Photo Bureau

UP tops the 2013 bar examinations

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:12 PM

A total of 1 174 aspiring lawyers pass the exams They comprise 22 18 of examinees

The problem of Lorna Kapunan

Dec 12, 2013 - 6:54 PM

For lawyers exposing corruption in the highest court – names and all – is suicidal

Lawyers' group asks SC to nullify cybercrime law

Oct 05, 2012 - 7:19 PM

This is the 11th petition to be filed against the law which took effect on October 3