A TOTAL of 8,241 out of 11,402 examinees, or 72.28%, have passed the 2020-2021 Bar examinations, the first-ever digitalized and regionalized test for aspiring lawyers that was held amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, chairperson of this year’s exams, made the announcement during a press briefing at the SC compound in Manila.
Of the 11,790 who were admitted to take the exam, Leonen said that 11,402 completed the test.
Only 3.29% were unable to complete the exams that were given on February 4 and 6, 2022.
The 2020-2021 Bar exams were conducted physically in 31 local testing sites in 22 local government units across the country.
Of the 8,241 that passed, 761 earned the recognition for exemplary performance, having obtained grades ranging from 85% to 90%. This represents 9.23% of those who passed.
Also, 14 Bar takers earned the recognition for excellent performance, having obtained grades higher than 90%. This was 0.17 percent of all those who passed the exam.
The SC did not release the traditional Top 10 Bar topnotchers but recognized the performance of law schools by ranking them into four groups.
Group 1 includes schools with more than 100 Bar takers; Group 2 are law schools with 51 to 100 Bar takers; Group 3 covers law schools with 11 to 50 Bar takers; and Group 4 are law schools with ten or fewer Bar takers.
Six of 27 law schools in Group 4 had a passing grade of 100% among their first-time takers. These schools, in alphabetical order, are Abra Valley Colleges, Batangas State University, Rizal Memorial Colleges, Tabaco College, University of Makati, and Western Leyte College.
In Group 4, there were six exemplary passers, two from the University of Makati and one from the University of Bohol.
For Group 3, seven of 61 law schools had a passing rate of 100% for first-time takers. In alphabetical order, these schools are: Ateneo de Naga University, Bulacan State University, Jose Maria College, Mariano Marcos State University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Siliman University, and University of Asia and the Pacific.
For Group 2, 22 law schools were ranked according to the percentage of passers among their first-time takers. The top 5 law schools in this group and their passing rates are as follows: First, St. Louis University – 98. 667%; Second, University of Cebu – 97.4026%; Third, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan – 96.9388%; Fourth, Ateneo de Davao University – 96. 4912%; and Fifth, Lyceum of the Philippines University – 94.3396%.
For Group 1, 15 law schools have been ranked according to the percentage of their passers among first-time takers. The Top 5 law schools in this group and their respective passing rates are as follows: First, Ateneo de Manila University – 99.6429%; Second, University of the Philippines – 98.8406%; Third, San Beda College – 98.1061%; Fourth, University of San Carlos, 98%; and Fifth, University of Santo Tomas-Manila – 93.0556%.
Also, Leonen announced the Top 5 law schools with the most exemplary passers: University of the Philippines, 147; Ateneo de Manila University, 100; San Beda University, 94; University of San Carlos, 57; and Arellano University, 39.
Likewise, Leonen named the law schools with the most number of excellent passers –First, University of the Philippines, 4; Second: Ateneo de Manila and University of San Carlos, 2; Third, in alphabetical order, all with one excellent passer: Arellano University, Ateneo de Davao University, Far Eastern University, San Beda University, University of Cebu, and University of the Cordilleras.