More than 8,000 candidates to take 2018 Bar Exam

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Today marks the first day of the Bar exams for aspiring lawyers in the country. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 4) — More than 8,000 aspiring lawyers will flock to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila to take the Bar exams this month, the highest number in recent years, according to the Supreme Court.

There are 8,701 candidates who will take the 2018 Bar Examination, which happens on all four Sundays of November (November 4, 11, 18 and 25), the Supreme Court Public Information Office said.

Metro Manila Police Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said they are all set for their security preparations for the Bar exams. He said 434 police officers will be deployed every weekend within the vicinity of UST.  

"We will exhaust all efforts to ensure peace and order for the sake of the examinees and their families," the chief said. 

For 2017, only 25.55 percent or 1,724 of the 6,748 examinees passed the Bar. While in 2016, 59.06 percent of the 6,344 examinees passed, the highest passing rate in 16 years.