Mercantile, Criminal Law Up in Bar Exams Today

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Mercantile, Criminal Law Up in Bar Exams Today


Byline: E. T. SUAREZ

After grappling with tough questions in Taxation last Sunday, Sept. 10, in which the time allotted for the subject had to be extended by one hour, 6,344 law graduates from more than 100 law schools all over the country tackle Mercantile Law and Criminal Law today, Sept. 17, as this year's Bar examinations enter its third Sunday at the De La Salle University on Taft Ave. in Malate, Manila.

Mercantile Law, with a weight of 15 percent, and Criminal Law, 10 percent, are described by many seasoned lawyers as "killer subjects."

Remedial Law, acknowledged to be the toughest among the Bar subjects with a weight of 20 percent, was reserved for the morning of Sept. 24, the last Sunday of the month. In the afternoon of the same day, a relatively light subject, Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, with a weight of only five percent, will be a fitting finale to the month-long ordeal of would-be lawyers.

But Bar candidates are undaunted by tough questions, according to law practitioner Sixto S. Brillantes Jr., who was among the topnotchers when he took the test.

Brillantes said that law graduates, by the nature of their training and toughened by four years of facing professors who hardly laugh, thoroughly prepared not only for the Bar exams but also for the actual practice of law.

Bar candidates, however, have to be good in all law subjects if they want to join the roll of attorneys, according to Commissioner Tito F. Genilo of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).

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