Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the PH Supreme Court released the result of the first-ever digital bar exam for lawyers. There were 8,241 out of 11,402 takers passed. 761 are on the exemplary list or meaning those who got high grades. And 14 are on the excellent list.
The bar 2020‐ 2021 is the highest passing rate that has ever happened in Philippine Bar history, with a 72.28% rate. But how hard is it to become a lawyer in the Philippines? Let me walk you through it.
Steps to becoming a lawyer in the Philippines:
1. Get a bachelor’s degree
For many, passing a bachelor’s degree is more than enough. But if you want to become a lawyer in the Philippines, it is only the first step.
According to the Rules of Court, you must obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant subject or field of the following: English, Political Science, History, Economics, Logic, and Spanish.
However, if you are done taking either one of the majors above, that doesn’t mean it can guarantee you a law school spot, nor is it the only course allowed to proceed.
If you’re holding a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, or even Nursing, you might still apply to a law school. But, you have to take a specific unit in the subject stated above, as per the Rules of Court.
Take note that each law school has different requirements. It could be 18 required units or 21, depending on your school choice.
2. Socratic method of studying law for four years in your preferred law school
The Socratic method of studying is mainly about being able to study alone and be always prepared once your professor calls you out. It would help if you had strict discipline, fast reading ability, articulate, and, more importantly, know your materials.
In terms of school choice, anywhere that offers a law course is acceptable. However, it could be to your advantage if you go to an excellent education school.
But again, the ability to pass is based on your own determination, not because of your school. The proper study habit is a must.
3. You should take and pass the Bar Examination
The Bar exam consists of four days of rigorous exams conducted by the Supreme Court. It is composed of eight subjects: Civil law, taxation, criminal law, remedial law, political and international law, labor and social legislation, legal ethics, and Mercantile law.
Moreover, you have to prepare for your bar exam requirements first. As a general rule, you must be a resident of the Philippines and must be at least 21 years of age.
Applicants for the Supreme Court’s Bar Examinations must submit the following documents:
- A verified and notarized petition, a form of which is available at the Office of the Bar Confidant;
- A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate; and marriage certificate (if you are married)
- Two testimonials of good moral character by a lawyer.
- Three copies of the latest un-retouched photos with your name.
- The certified true copy of the applicant’s law degree transcript, certificate of no derogatory record, and pre-law degree transcript.
- Certification by the school registrar.
- A self-addressed stamped envelope.
Suppose you pass the bar exams like the 8,241takers today; advance congratulations! If not, there is always a second time and perfect timing for your spotlight. Always keep holding on to your hopes and dreams—best of luck.
Aira is a content writer who believes in "everything happens for a reason," so she writes with a reason - to learn and educate. During her free time, she is either reading or watching Netflix. But what she enjoys most is her personal time vibing to her playlist with a coffee in her hand, looking at the view from her room.