Thursday, April 30, 2020

To the 2019 Bar Passers: Welcome to the profession

Imagine that in a room of 10 persons, only 2 would qualify. Or out of 100, only 27 would make it.

It's that tough an exam. Only 27.36%  passed the 2019 bar exams, and the results were released by the Supreme Court yesterday, April 29. (My classmate Mina Francisco reminded me that during our time, the 1987 bar, it was just 17%). A long journey of at least 20 years --- counting four in college, four in law school, six in elementary and now six in high school, not to mention six months studying for the bar exams. 

The law profession is a lifetime of learning, communication, analysis, and problem-solving. We tend to think that when we pass the bar, that is the end of tough times. But we have chosen a demanding profession, and if we learned anything in law school, it's how to become tough in life as we handle other people's issues and as we take a stand for our convictions. 

It was in 1988, 32 years ago, when I was an underbar associate at Ledesma Saludo Law Offices and the 1987 bar results came out. Like everyone who passed the bar exams, I felt like I was floating with joy, for after all the hard work, I made it!  Our senior partner, Atty Ags Saludo, celebrated with me along with the whole law office. Then he reminded me that it was just the beginning of a new chapter. The years have gone by with so many cases, so many experiences, and so many chapters. 

Now I see the young ones celebrating, and I rejoice with them. Welcome to the profession, and remember the Source of all wisdom, blessings and direction.

"Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God." (Micah 6:8) 

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