“As future lawyers, remember, that we have bigger responsibilities not only to our clients but to the society as well. We must always remember, that the nobility of every profession comes, not with the title that is prefixed in our names, but in how we use it to serve those who have less, those who have nothing, those who have to suffer every ounce of injustice and indignity, day in and day out, bar or bar none,” said the National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL) in a statement on November 24, the last Sunday of the 2019 Bar Examinations.

NUPL showed their support to the bar examinees at the vicinity of University of Santo Tomas (UST) in España, Manila in the wee hours of the morning, and heed the future lawyers to also not sit idly in the midst of the attacks against members of the legal profession. 

“Human rights violations did not spare members of the legal profession. There are at least 44 lawyers, judges and prosecutors killed and many more threatened, harassed, and facing trumped-up charges as a consequence of the exercise of the profession,” said NUPL.

The Bar exams took place at UST on November 3, 10, 17 and 24. A total of 8,245 lawyer applied to take the exam, but only 7,699 took the test on the first Sunday on November 3. The number again went down to 7,691 after the second Sunday on November 10.

The exams over four Sundays covered Political Law, Labor Law and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation Law, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics and Practical Exercises.

In 2018, 8,155 candidates took the examinations and only 1,800 passed.

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