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    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    UP President: Law school aims to make great lawyers, not bar topnotchers

    University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion has reacted on the fact that there were no UP College of Law topnotchers in the 2016 bar examinations.

    Concepcion, a Bar topnotcher in 1983, and dean of the College of Law insisted that what matters is that there  are a lot of passers from the university.

    “The business of a law school is to teach law in the grand manner and to make great lawyers; it doesn’t say to make Bar topnotchers,” Concepcion was quoted by the Philippine Law Register.

    This year, not one law school in Metro Manila was able to have a representative make it into the top ten.

    "It is the first time that not a single Metro Manila-based school placed in the top 10," said Bar Confidant, Atty. Christina Layusa.

    The number one topnotcher was Karen Mae Calam from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.

    “Our batch may not have a topnotcher but if people knew everything we had gone through, they would look up to our batch,” said UP Law Student Government President Lance Ortiz.

    UP achieved a 97.89 percent overall passing rate in the 2016 Bar examinations, its highest since the 1970s.

    According to the batch 2016 valedictorian, Paolo Tamase, the high passing rate was more important than having a topnotcher.

    "We would rather have a batch with a passing rate of 100 percent than a batch with just 10 topnotchers...Passing the bar is only the minimum requirement of law practice. This is only the beginning," Tamase said.

    Over half of the 6,344 aspirants passed the bar exams, making it the highest passing percentage in the history of bar exams" since 1946.
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