Jurists Bar Review Center, in response to popular demand from law graduates and bar reviewees, launched in 2014 the Jurists Online Bar Review and Coaching Program(Jurists Online) as an alternative to its traditional or classic bar review and coaching program. Jurists Online was accorded a warm reception by bar reviewees and law students and its maiden season was a rousing success. Jurists Online gives the subscriber access to the following:
Lifting of the 5-strike rule now official but some questions remain
Prof. Manuel R. Riguera
On 3 September 2013 the Supreme Court en banc issued a resolution adopting the recommendation of the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and Bar Matters to lift the 5-strike rule. The resolution provides that the Legal Education Board (LEB) shall prepare a refresher review class curriculum and accredit law schools which would be authorized to give refresher classes. Just this January 13, the LEB issued an order ratifying its provisional rules on refresher review curriculum and accreditation.
“What is past is prologue.” - Robert Aitken
Restoration of essay question’s lead role in bar exam
The 2013 bar examination was notable for the revival of the essay question’s preeminent role. The examination comprised 80% essay questions and 20% multiple-choice questions (MCQs). This was a turn-around from the 2012 bar exam’s format of 60% MCQ and 40% essay question and the 2011 bar where the use of problem-type essay questions was entirely discontinued in favor of MCQs and performance tests.