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Retaking the bar exam

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GRIEVE and take the bar exam again. This was the advice given by 2020/2021 bar exam chairman Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen to the 3,549 who did not make it to the passers’ list.

“Accept it as a challenge. That you did not make it, did not finish or were not able to take because of the exams more than once, indirectly pandemic do not constitute you. You alluding to Vice President Leni are who you choose to be. Persevere, Robredo. as always. Inspire by getting back “Paalala: Si Inday Sara passed on your feet and accomplish more,” the bar exams on her first try and Leonen said. was admitted to the bar in 2006.

There is no maximum number of Pakitanong sa iba ilang beses sila tries in taking the bar exams. kumuha ng bar exams.”

Examinees who do not pass can Robredo has been vocal about retake it as many times as they need failing to pass the bar exams on her to. first try in 1992.

In a speech in 2017, Robredo explained that she was juggling being a mother to two kids and a teacher during that time.

“And as busy as I was being a politician’s wife, being a mother to two daughters already at that time, and being a teacher, I took the bar exam without any preparatio­n. And I just hoped for the best. When the

Candidates who fail three bar exams must, however, demonstrat­e that they have participat­ed in and completed standard fourth-year bar review courses as well as a pre-bar review course before they can retake the bar exam.

Lawyer Atty. Bruce Rivera recently earned the ire of the legal community for mocking those who took the bar results came out, my name was nowhere to be found on the list of passers. I failed on my first try,” Robredo said.

Rivera was criticized for indirectly insinuatin­g that those who failed the bar exam on their first try are inferior to those who passed.

Former nationalis­t Claro M. Recto took the bar in 1913 and failed first attempt. He later passed the 1914 bar exam. Yet he rose to become congressma­n, commission­er of education, senator and later associate justice of the Supreme Court.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt failed in his first New York Bar exam while US Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo failed five times before passing and went on to become an imminent jurist.

With 8,241 passers i n the 2020/ 2021 bar exams, this batch so far is the largest passers in history or 72.28 percent of the 11,790 registered examinees of the combined 2020 and 2021 batches after a two-year postponeme­nt due to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The bar exam is a yearly spectacle on the performanc­e of law schools measured on the most number of topnotcher­s or scoring the highest passing rate.

Out of those who compose the 72.28 percent passers, around 14 bar takers earned recognitio­n for having grades higher than 90% while 761 earned recognitio­n for obtaining grades ranging from 85% to 90%.

The University of the Philippine­s (UP) produced the largest number of excellent takers at four, followed by the Ateneo de Manila University ( ADMU) and University of San Carlos ( USC), which produced two each.

Among t he group of biggest schools or those with over 100 first- time takers, Ateneo de Manila University had the highest passing rate at 99.6429%, followed by the University o f t h e P h i l i p p i n e s a t 98.8406%. San Beda at 98.1061%, USC at 98%, and the University of Santo Tomas Manila at 93.0556%.

I was among the lucky 1, 465 examinees who passed, or 39.63 percent out of the 3,697 examinees of the 1998 bar exams held at De La Salle University.

I belong to the working student program of UP Law as a reporter for the TODAY broadsheet and other internatio­nal news agencies.

I do my coverage during the day then attend my evening classes. I read my cases in the bus on the way home to Las Piñas from Diliman, always looking for the seat with the strongest headlight.

“Serve the people. Do not betray your humanity.” words that should guide the new lawyers Justice Leonen said in one of his earlier twitter postings. “Discover your passion. Be patient and compassion­ate.”

T h e b a r e x a ms i s c onsidered one of t he toughest and most difficult among t he profession­al board exams, having one of the highest mortality rate. Passing is obviously not that easy, it would entail a series of factors.

“Honor and Excellence. Ours is a noble profession. Make that a reality,” Leonen added.

It doesn’t matter if one had to take the Bar exams multiple times as long as they

passed them.

Ultimately, being a good lawyer is a different thing.

There are those who join law offices for private practice, the government, judiciary, politics, the academe while others go into alternativ­e lawyering.

Passing the bar is not enough. I t i s never t he measure of the decency, honesty, i n t egrity and intelligen­ce of a lawyer.

L a w y e r s , a s profession­als, are expected to uphold the ethical and moral values that are said t o be e s s e n t i a l t o t he fabric that holds society together.

We h a v e d i f f e r e n t journeys to become legal profession­als. In the end, it’s who you become that ultimately matter.

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