Ateneo graduate tops 2011 bar exams, UP not on top 10

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BAR TOPNOTCHER. Raoul Angelo Atadero of Ateneo de Manila University topped the 2011 Bar Examinations with an average of 85.5363%
BAR TOPNOTCHER. Raoul Angelo Atadero of Ateneo de Manila University topped the 2011 Bar Examinations with an average of 85.5363%

Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines (29-Feb-12) – Raoul Angelo D. Atadero of Ateneo de Manila University topped the 2011 Bar Exams with a rating of 85.5363% in results released by the Supreme Court Wednesday. University of the Philippines-College of Law whose graduates normally top the bar were shut out of the top 10.

A total of 1,913 or 31.95 % out of the 5,987 examinees who completed taking the 2011 Bar Examinations passed the first predominant multiple choice question-type tests in the Bar’s
110-year history.

The complete list of the Bar passers here.

Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, Chief of the SC Public Information Office said the number is the “second highest rate in the millennium.”

SC Justice Roberto A. Abad, chairperson of the 2011 Bar Committee on the Bar Examinations, announced the top 10 Bar passers during a press briefing at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the SC courtyard in Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila.

The rest of top 10 Bar passers are:

2. Luz Danielle O. Bolong, Ateneo de Manila University, 84.5563%
3. Cherry Liez O. Rafal-Roble, Arellano University, 84.4550%
4. Rosemil R. Banaga, Notre Dame University, 84.1226%
5. Christian Louie C. Gonzales, University of Sto. Tomas, 84.0938%
6. Ivan M. Bandal, Silliman University, 84.0901%
7. Eireene Xina M. Acosta, San Beda College, 84.0663%
8. Irene Marie P. Qua, Ateneo de Manila University, 84.0575%
9. Elaine Marie G. Laceda, Far Eastern University-DLSU (Juris Doctor-MBA), 84.0401%
10. Rodolfo Q. Aquino, San Beda College, 83.7276%

The list of successful Bar examinees was shown on three LCD monitors set up at the Supreme Court front yard and can simultaneously be viewed at www.sc.judiciary.gov.ph, the
official website of the Supreme Court.

Oathtaking of the successful Bar candidates is set at 2 p.m. on March 21, at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The Bar passers may secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant during office hours, Monday to Friday, beginning tomorrow, March 1 to 23, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5
p.m.

The four-Sunday exams were held on November 6, 13, 20, and 27 last year at the likewise historic University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila. The tests were administered through
Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa.

Court Administrator Marquez said the examiners are Court of Appeals Justice and professor Amy C. Lazaro-Javier (Political and International Law), author and professor Atty. Cesario Alvero Azucena, Jr. (Labor and Social Legislation), author and former Justice Undersecretary Dean Ernesto L. Pineda (Civil Law), author and professor Aberlado T. Domondon (Taxation), Court of Appeals Justice and professor Ramor Paul L. Hernando (Mercantile Law), Sandiganbayan Justice and professor Maria Cristina. Cornejo (Criminal Law), former professor and practitioner Virgilio C. Manguera (Remedial Law), and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education lecturer and professor Edwin M. Carillo (Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises).

Bar reforms

According to the Supreme Court, the November 2011 Bar exams implemented the following reforms:

1. coverage was drawn up by topics and sub-topics rather than by just stating the covered laws;

2. the Bar exams were comprised of multiple-choice-question (MCQ) examinations in the following subjects with the following weights: Political Law (15%), Labor Law (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (15%), Remedial Law (20%), and Legal Ethics/Forms (5%) with the results of the MCQ and essay-type examinations given weights of 60% and 40%, respectively, in the computation of the candidate’s final grade; and

3. the examiners in all eight Bar subjects were, apart from preparing the MCQs for their respective subjects, divided into two panels of four members each with one panel grading the memorandum or decision essay while the other the legal opinion essay.

Justice Abad stressed that the Supreme Court has introduced the changes in the Bar exams “to exert pressure on law schools to re-examine the substance and shape of legal education.

“First, by asking multiple choice questions or MCQs in the Bar exams, the Court has put a stop to the practice of requiring students to memorize the law and its principles.

“Second, with the help of the academe, the Supreme Court has redefined the objective of the Bar exams and the competence and skills that they should measure.

“Third, we have begun giving essay-type problems in the Bar examinations that would measure the candidate’s depth of learning and intelligence.”

The first Bar exams were held in 1901, with 13 examinees.

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