UP President, Alumni Comment on Having No UP Topnotcher in 2016 Bar Exams

University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo Concepcion finally breaks his silence after no UP law graduate made it to the Top 10 in the 2016 Bar examinations. This is after tons of netizens mocked the prominent university, as it is known for producing great lawyers and bar exam topnotchers as well.

“The business of a law school is to teach law in the grand manner and to make great lawyers; it doesn’t say to make Bar topnotchers,” Concepcion said in front of UP law graduates this year during the testimonial dinner last Wednesday, May 3, as published at Philippine Law Register, official student publication of the UP College of Law.

“Our batch may not have a topnotcher but if people knew everything we had gone through, they would look up to our batch,” Former UP Law Student Government President Lance Ortiz was also quoted in the same report. Likewise, UP College of Law Class 2016 valedictorian Paolo Tamase also reacted on this issue.

“We would rather have a batch with a passing rate of 100 percent than a batch with just 10 topnotchers…Passing the bar is only the minimum requirement of law practice. This is only the beginning,” Tamase said on the same event. He once criticized President Duterte on his remarks on the rape of an. Australian missionary in a prison in 1989.

According to the same report, the UP College of Law received an overall passing rate of 97.89%, and 99.13% for first-time takers in the 2016 Bar exams, adding that the figure is the highest in UP since the 1970s. UP President Danilo Concepcion himself is a Bar topnotcher back in 1983.

Credit: Philippine Law Register

As reported earlier, all of the top 10 passers this year came from provincial law schools, first time in bar exams history. Karen Mae Calam from the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu was the bar topnotcher. USC also had the highest number of top 10 passers, followed by Silliman University in Negros Oriental, which also had three.