Only about 20 percent of those who took the Bar examinations in October passed, according to a reliable source at the Supreme Court.
The results of the Bar will be released on March 18.
The source told The Manila Times that only about 20 percent of those who take the tests held on four Sundays in October got the passing grade of 75, or better.
The passing rate is higher than the 17.76 percent in 2012.
Of the 5,641 law graduates who applied for the Bar exams, only 5,593 actually took the tests, and only 5,293 completed them.
Last year, Arellano University had the biggest number of examinees at 229, followed by
Ateneo de Manila University, 217 and University of the Philippines, 200.
Considered to be “killer subjects” were Commercial Law and Legal Ethics.
Weeks before the exams, the Supreme Court warned that bad grammar was the main reason why so many examinees flunked.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion, himself a Bar topnotcher, was the chairman of the 2013 Bar examinations.
This year’s Bar chairman is Justice Diosdado Peralta.
In determining the average, subjects are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15 percent; Labor and Social Legislation, 10 percent; Civil Law, 15 percent; Taxation, 10 percent; Mercantile Law, 15 percent; Criminal Law, 10 percent; Remedial Law, 20 percent; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5 percent, for a total of 100 percent.