A University of the Philippines (UP) law graduate topped the 2015 bar exams where a total of 1,731 examinees hurdled the tests.
Rachel Angeli Miranda of UP took the top spot after gaining a passing rate of 87.4 percent.
She is joined in the list of top 10 passers with three other UP graduates, namely third placer Jayson Aguilar who got a passing rate of 86.75 percent; sixth placer Giselle Hernandez, 86.1 percent; and ninth placer Jedd Brian Hernandez, 85.8 percent.
Also landing in the top 10 passers are Athena Plaza with a passing rate of 87.25 percent; Reginald Arceo, 86.7 percent; Mandy Therese Anderson, 86.15 percent; Darniel Bustamante, 85.9 percent; Jecca Jacildo, Soraya Laut, and Jericho Tiu, each with 85.85 percent; and Ronel Buenaventura and Lara Carmela Fernando, each with 85.75 percent.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, chairperson of the 2015 Committee on the Bar Examinations, said that the number of passers is 26.21 percent of the 6,605 total examinees who completed the 2015 bar examinations that were held on November 8, 15, 22, and 29 at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila.
The percentage of passers in 2015 is higher than the 1,126 who passed the 2014 bar exams which is 18.82 percent of the 5,984 who took that year’s examinations.
The subjects that were taken during the 2015 bar exams are Political Law and Public International Law which comprise 15 percent of the score; 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 and Judicial Ethics, 5 percent.