Supreme Court lifts ‘5-strike’ rule for Bar examinees

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The Supreme Court has dropped its policy limiting to five the number of chances a law student can pass the Bar.

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Deliberating en banc, the Court approved the recommendation of a committee that reviewed its policy on Bar admission.

The 15-man tribunal has yet to finalize guidelines on whether to revert to the “three-strike” rule or to lift the limit altogether.

The new rule will apply to the 2014 Bar.

The “five-strike” rule was implemented in 2005. Under the system, Bar examinees who fail to pass for five times will be disqualified from further taking the examinations. The passing grade is 75.

The 2013 Bar exams will be held during the four Saturdays of October at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

An earlier policy disqualifying examinees with grades in any subject falling below 50 percent was abolished since 2010, according to Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Ma. Cristina Layusa.

In determining the average, subjects in the examinations 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.

JOMAR CANLAS

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