The 2014 Bar Examination results was a blessing expected, despite the fact that it turned out to be considered as the 2nd hardest Philippine Bar exams in Philippine history since it was started by the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 1901. Out of the 18% National Bar average rate, Liceo de Cagayan University is proud to say that it garnered a 24% average rate, 6% higher than the national average, where only 1,126 bar takers passed out of the 5,984 examinees. Liceo produced 4 first takers of the 17 new graduates who took the 2014 Bar Examinations. They are Attyorneys Malucar P. Baliton, Minerva Sacar-Guiling, Shidik T. Abantas, and Sa’aduddin L. Macarambon.
Attorneys Baliton and Abantas were actively involved in Liceo Legal Aid Center or LiLAC prior to their graduation from law school. LiLAC is a volunteer-only organization recognized by the law school and the University to provide free legal aid services to indigent clients, consistent with the concept of learning by doing. It affords students to be involved in the basics of lawyering such as affidavit making, in-take investigation, counselling, public speaking, and community exposure. Attorneys Sacar-Guiling and Macarambon, on the other hand, are both Certified Public Accountants employed with the Commission on Audit and Bureau of Internal Revenue, respectively.
The success of Liceo College of Law’s performance in the 2104 Bar Examination was not an easy feat. It was the result of a concerted effort, nurtured from its rich history of able Deans who contributed to the development of policies, fit and right for the College of Law which was initially designed to cater to the working class aspiring to be lawyers within the region. Along with the College of Law professors, composed of judges, prosecutors and private lawyers, the institution continued the culture of devotion to a steadfast pursuit in producing not only lawyers, but lawyers that subscribe to the University’s motto, “Nil Sine Numine” which means “Nothing Without the Divine Will”. With more programs afoot to improve better Bar performance, it would not be far from possible that there will be more Licean lawyers around the country in the coming years. Adelante Liceo law!