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by Alumni and Public Affairs Office on 03 5th, 2012
 ABCollege produces 10 new lawyers

ABCollege produces 10 new lawyers

The Andres Bonifacio College continues to be in the spotlight after 10 of its law graduates successfully hurdled the Bar Examination which was held last November 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2011 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in España, Manila.

 The whole ABCollege community was jubilant when the results came out last February 29, 2011. The proud new members of the bar are:

  1. Atty. Maria Liezelda G. Abas-Reganion
  2. Atty. Elma L. Awit
  3. Atty. Arvin L. Bonbon
  4. Atty. John L. Elumba
  5. Atty. Patrick D. Mabagu
  6. Atty. Ivan Louie Pacatang
  7. Atty. Emerald B. Pancho
  8. Atty. Jasmin N. Pinsoy
  9. Atty. Amalou R. Tumapon
  10. Atty. Halleck A. Valdez.

The ten new lawyers from the College join 1903 others who passed the said examination out of the 5,990 examinees who actually took it, or a 31.95%-passing rate which is the second highest passing rate since the bar examination was administered in 1901.  The highest passing rate was achieved in 2001 with 32.89 percent.

The examination was predominantly multiple choice question-type tests, the first-ever in the history of the Philippine Bar, which is a major shift from the purely essay-type tests. Apart from the multiple choice questions on Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal Ethics/Forms which comprise a weight of 60% of the final grade, the examinees were also required to write a legal opinion and a memorandum which pertain to a weight of 40% of the final grade. The coverage of the examination was also drawn up by topics and sub-topics rather than by just stating the covered laws. These reforms in the bar exam may have contributed to the high passing rate of the 2011 Bar Examination.

It is worth noting that the Andres Bonifacio College School of Law is recognized as one of the best law schools in the country. It has produced topnotch lawyers who are now holding key positions in the judiciary as judges and prosecutors as well as private practitioners who have made their own mark in the prestigious law profession.

The College’s new lawyers will take their oath as new members of the Philippine Bar along with the other candidates on March 21, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center.



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