If Palawan State University’s (PSU) newly minted lawyers are to share one important nugget of wisdom to current law students, it’s that they should love law. As Atty. Mary Joy Ordaneza, one of the seven newest lawyers produced by PSU, shared in a press conference today, “You have to love the law, kasi kung half-hearted, mabilis ka bumitaw.”
Ordaneza’s advice was echoed by her fellow passers, who also shared other ‘tips’ for those still struggling in law school. These included being patient in reading, exercising proficiency in English and promoting adherence to the mantra ‘study hard, work hard and pray hard’.
Aside from their inherent motivation, the new lawyers also cited the quality of education in PSU’s School of Law as a significant contributor to their success. Atty. Iris Jazelle Adia particularly praised her mentors at PSU, saying their alma mater is comparable to San Beda, Arellano and UP in terms of education quality. “Mas mahirap pa nga (ata) pumasa sa mga exams ng professor, kesa sa bar (mismo),” she quipped.
The PSU community organized a motorcade and press conference today to celebrate with the new lawyers after the batch took oath at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City last June 16. It can be recalled that 7 out of PSU’s 16 law graduates passed the bar exams last November 2015. These included Atty. Mary Joy, Ordaneza, Atty. Iris Jazelle Adia, Atty. Nazi Jester Erfe, Atty. Riza Jane Pablico, Atty Sabra Rachel Ordillo, Atty. Vicente Escala Jr. And Atty. Francis Rainier Umali.
There were 7,146 examinees in last year’s bar exams. Only 1,731 passed, registering a passing rate of 75%.