Supreme Court lifts 'five-strike rule' for bar exams

·Kim Arveen Patria
Supreme Court lifts 'five-strike rule' for bar exams

Editor's note: We have wrongly published that bar exams are held on Saturdays of October. It should be Sunday. Our apologies.   

Aspiring lawyers in the Philippines used to have only five attempts to fulfill their dreams. But now, they may keep on trying until they finally succeed.
This, as the Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it is lifting the so-called “five-strike rule” for bar examinees, applicable for the 2014 bar examinations.
The rule, which was first implemented in 2005 through Bar Matter No. 1161, a resolution which disqualifies law candidates who fail the bar five times.

The resolution approved in June 2004, allows three tries initially, and a fourth and fifth attempt after a one-year refresher course each time.

The high court’s decision to lift the five-strike rule comes after the bar’s passing rate last year dipped lower than 20 percent for the first time since 2002.
Only 17.76 percent of the total 5,343 who completed the bar exams got passing marks. The passing rate is significantly lower than 31.95 percent in 2011.
It has also been announced months before the 2013 bar exams, which will be held on the four Sundays of October at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

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