MANILA -- Close to 500 aspiring lawyers failed to show up during the country's 116th bar examination, the Supreme Court said Sunday.
Based on a report from the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC), out of the 7,227 candidates, which is higher compared to last year's 6,831, only 6,354 finished the first of the four Sundays of the bar exam.
Statistics: 7,227 were admitted to take the bar; after first Sunday, only 6,759 remained; as of third Sunday leading into today's last two exams, there are now only 6,750 examinees, the SC Public Information Office's Twitter post read.
The Bar exam covers eight subjects namely Political Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.
Exams were held on four Sundays of this month starting November 5, 12, 19, and 26 at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in Manila.
SC Justice Lucas P. Bersamin chaired this year's bar examinations.
The conduct of bar examinations is an official function of the SC.
Source: Philippine News Agency