June 24, 2024

Three Law schools in the Cordillera were recognized by the Supreme Court for their exemplary performance in the 2020-2021 Bar examination, the first digital and regionalized exam of its kind.
The University of the Cordilleras College of Law ranked third among Law schools in the country with candidates with excellent performance, or those with general average rating of higher than 90 percent.
UC Law batch 2020 member Stephanie Mae Domingo is among the 14 examinees nationwide recognized with excellent performance.
Domingo also placed seventh overall in the October 2015 Criminology licensure examination, the same year she graduated magna cum laude at UC-College of Criminal Justice Education.
The SLU School of Law, meanwhile, ranked first among 22 Law schools in group two, or schools with 51 to 100 Bar takers. SLU has 74 passers out of 75 takers or a passing rate of 98.6667 percent, among its first-time takers.
SLU also announced it has produced nine Bar passers with exemplary performance or with a general average between 85 to 90 percent.
They are Eric Karl Nicholas Aguilar, Michael Vincent Bautista, Elijah Roland Cosalan, Johanne Margarette Macob, Joanne Vhale Milan, Charlene Joy Millares, Deborah Micah Perez, Joan Tamayo, and Victoriano Torio III.
Abra Valley Colleges got recognition in group four among schools with 10 and below Bar takers. AVC posted 100 percent passing rate among its first-time Bar takers.
Other higher education institutions in the Cordillera offering Juris Doctor degree have also their respective victories in the Bar exam.
The University of the Philippines-Diliman topped all schools in ranking having four excellent Bar passers, while Ateneo de Manila University and University of San Carlos shared the second spot with two excellent passers each.  
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, chairperson of the 2020-2021 Bar exam, said there are 8,241 out of 11,402 hopefuls who passed, or equivalent to a passing rate of 72.28 percent. The highest passing rate in history was the 1954 Bar exam with 75.17 percent.
Leonen also announced that overall, there were 761 passers who earned the recognition for exemplary performance. Among them is UP-Diliman College of Law alumnus Kenneth Charles C. Hamada, son of the late Dr. Charles and Emmaflor Hamada. His father was the former publisher and general manager of the Baguio Midland Courier. – Ofelia C. Empian