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A Filipino citizen who graduated from a foreign law school shall be admitted to the

Quoted hereunder, for your information, is a resolution of the Court En Banc dated bar examination only upon submission to the Supreme Court of certifications
March 9, 2010 showing: (a) completion of all courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Laws or
its equivalent degree; (b) recognition or accreditation of the law school by the proper
"B.M. No. 1153 (Re: Letter of Atty. Estelito P. Mendoza Proposing Reforms in
authority; and (c) completion of all the fourth year subjects in the Bachelor of Laws
the Bar Examinations Through Amendments to Rule 138 of the Rules of Court).
academic program in a law school duly recognized by the Philippine Government.
- The Court Resolved to APPROVE the proposed amendments to Sections 5 and 6
of Rule 138, to wit: SEC. 6.Pre-Law. — An applicant for admission to the bar examination shall present a
certificate issued by the proper government agency that, before commencing the
SEC. 5.Additional Requirement for Other Applicants. — All applicants for admission
study of law, he or she had pursued and satisfactorily completed in an authorized and
other than those referred to in the two preceding sections shall, before being
recognized university or college, requiring for admission thereto the completion of a
admitted to the examination, satisfactorily show that they have successfully
four-year high school course, the course of study prescribed therein for a bachelor's
completed all the prescribed courses for the degree of Bachelor of Laws or its
degree in arts or sciences.
equivalent degree, in a law school or university officially recognized by the Philippine
Government or by the proper authority in the foreign jurisdiction where the degree A Filipino citizen who completed and obtained his or her Bachelor of Laws degree or
has been granted. its equivalent in a foreign law school must present proof of having completed a
separate bachelor's degree course.
No applicant who obtained the Bachelor of Laws degree in this jurisdiction shall be
admitted to the bar examination unless he or she has satisfactorily completed the The Clerk of Court, through the Office of the Bar Confidant, is hereby directed to
following course in a law school or university duly recognized by the government: civil CIRCULARIZE this resolution among all law schools in the country."
law, commercial law, remedial law, criminal law, public and private international law,
political law, labor and social legislation, medical jurisprudence, taxation and legal
ethics.