7,699 candidates finish initial day of Bar exams

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    THE Supreme Court said 7,699 candidates out of the 8,245 who took the examinations managed to finished the first Sunday of this year’s Bar’s exams at the University of Santo Tomas.

    Data provided by the SC Public Information Office showed that 8,304 law graduates filed application to take the Bar but the High Court denied the petitions of nine for various reasons, leaving just 8,295 to take the first Sunday of the exams. But 50 withdrew their applications before the exams started.

    The SC said 545 law graduates were absent during the first Sunday of the examinations last Nov. 3, leaving just 7,700 who took the first part of the exams that covered Political and International Law. A candidate dropped out on the second part of the exam in the afternoon which tackled Labor and Social Legislation, leaving 7, 699 takers.

    The second Sunday on Nov. 10 will cover Civil Law and Taxation while the third Sunday (Nov. 17) covers Mercantile Law and Criminal Law.

    The last Sunday (Nov. 24) will cover Remedial Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

    In the 2018 Bar examinations, 1,800 of the 8,158 examinees passed what is generally considered as the most grueling licensure examinations in the country, with a graduate from Ateneo topping the exams.