The Legal and Education Board (LEB) visited Ateneo de Davao University to recognize the University as the Top 3 law school in the Philippines in the 2018 Bar Exams, at a ceremony held last 20 September 2019, at the Jubilee Building, Jacinto campus. With a passing rate of 83.33%, the University placed 3rd among the country’s top schools—only behind Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines, respectively. 

 Commissioner Atty. Josefe Sorrera-Ty of the LEB or Legal Education Board addressed the gathered audience, speaking about the magnitude of the recognition. “This award is the product of hard work and dedication of the law school students and the faculty,” Atty. Sorrera-Ty said.

Moreover, the commissioner praised the dedication of the law school teachers in preparing their students for the Bar. “You have dedicated teachers who want to transmit wisdom to you,” she said. 

She also added that this award would not be possible if not for the support of Ateneo de Davao University’s administration. She appreciated the presence of Jeremy S. Eliab, the Executive Vice President of AdDU.

 “You have broken the glass ceiling,” Atty. Sorrera-Ty said.

 She also recognized the 2018 Bar passers as an “inspiration” to all law schools in Mindanao. The commissioner expressed her hope that the students could share their beautiful story to others about how they found the drive to be committed in their studies.

“The Legal and Education Board is looking for the X-factor to lift-up the standards and Ateneo de Davao truly has the X-factor,” Atty. Sorrera-Ty said.

Joining Atty. Sorrera-Ty to confer the award were other members of the LEB, including Atty. Aaron Marc Dimaano, Cluster Supervisor; Ranniel Rodriguez, Cluster Supervisor; EVP Jeremy S. Eliab; Atty. Jason Tan, and the Assistant Dean of the College of Law Atty. Lydia C. Galas.

Atty. Lydia C. Galas also spoke at the ceremony, emphasizing the importance of the University administration’s support. “We will not make this achievement without the support of the administration,” Atty. Galas said.

She also said that the law school profession is not a walk in the park taking a big part of the law school student’s social life due to studying. “I know the study of law is a very jealous profession. It lessens social life and your time in social media,” Atty. Galas said.

Ending the ceremony was the address from the College of Law Student Council President Ms. Emille Dane S. Viola. She stressed the importance of studying, and explained how this achievement could serve as inspiration for others in the future. 

“This award serves as a challenge to not only for the students but also for the faculty and staff as well to go beyond and transcend our status in the future,” Viola said.



Written by Ulysses Agura, BA Communication IV, ICOMMP Intern
Photo credits: Institutional Communications and Promotions (iCommP) Office

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