The College of Law of Holy Name University is not resting on its laurels of producing lawyers who hurdle the bar examinations conducted by the Supreme Court annually in Manila.
Dean Tomas D. Abapo Jr. said drastic reforms are adopted in the five-year development plan of the College of Law all geared towards increasing the passing percentage of HNU barristers.
For starters, Dean Abapo recommended the appointment of Atty. Danilo A. Bantugan as acting director of the HNU Law Center to be part of the reform team. Father Pres. Kito Estepa, SVd has confirmed the designation of Atty. Bantugan.
Dean Abapo disclosed that effective in the first semester of the current school-year, the College of Law has adopted a revised law curriculum eliminating redundant and superfluous subjects in Practice Court and Legal Internship and instead, strengthen the units among bar subjects.
A faculty board for graduation was likewise formed to give the final imprimatur on graduating law students who will be allowed to take the bar examination. Bar repeaters will not be given the certification to take the bar exams again if their last bar rating is below 60%, Abapo said.
At the same time, the three-bar subject rule has been adopted as the retention policy of the College of Law. This means that a law student who failed in three bar subjects in any semester will be advised to leave the college. On the other hand, consistent dean's listers are given due recognition and incentive regularly.
Meanwhile, Atty. Bantugan who chairs the Mock Bar Examinations in the HNU College of Law, bared that starting this first semester, the bar subject dosage will be increased in the mock bar examination. This means that 4th year law students will take the mock bar exams for the two Sundays for a total of four bar subjects. Third year law students will retain their mock bar in one Sunday only with two bar subjects.
The HNU Law Center will also maintain its data bank of case digests collected from law students in all year levels. The Bar Operations Committee was also organized to carry out the bar operations every month of September, Bantugan added.