UP is, indeed, the number one law school of the country based on passing rates in the Bar exams held in October 2014.
UP’s passing rate is 77 percent, the highest among the country’s major law schools, based on preliminary figures for first-time takers. Based on the same figures, perennial topnotch law schools Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and San Beda College posted 54 percent and 58 percent passing rates, respectively.
The Supreme Court released the list of passers and the topnotchers last Thursday, declaring an 18.82 national passing rate. It is set to announce the official rankings of schools just before the oath-taking on April 24.
A hundred and eight first-time takers from UP made it, led by four who landed on the Top 10. Sandra Mae T. Magalang, the salutatorian of the batch, placed third with a grade of 84.6; Mark Leo P. Bejemino, fourth, 84.55; Rhey David S. Daway, eighth, 84.2; and Jamie Liz F. Yu, ninth, 84.0.
In the 2013 Bar exams, UP also got the highest passing rate, based on official Supreme Court documents, and the top ten was dominated by five UP graduates who placed number one, two, four, eight, and ten, or five of the top ten slots. It had a high passing rate of 80+ percent.
In a testimonial given by the UP College of Law to the passers last March 26, Magalang expressed hope that her batch would be remembered in their careers as the honourable batch. “Honor comes first before excellence,” she said, adding that coming from UP where excellence is a byword, “truly honorable people are more difficult to find.”
UP’s motto has been “Honor and Excellence.”
Magalang, who is a product of public education from elementary to law school, urged her batchmates to fight the good battles. “When we are given a choice, let us choose that which will benefit more than us and our family… something that will pay tribute to our UP education,” she said.
College of Law Dean Danny Concepcion reminded the new lawyers of their being scholars of the nation and their duty to serve the country. In an interview, he said UP’s topnotch performance in the last two Bar exams is proof that changes in law education being proposed by UP are highly in order.
This article originally appeared at the UP Website.