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PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

I. Bar Examination
. The SC, through a bar examination committee, admit
candidates to the legal profession as part of its judicial function;
. After successfully graduating from a recognized law school, the
bar candidate submits its application to take the Bar Exams;
. A member of the SC acts as the Chairman while eight (8)
members of the Bar serve as examiners in the eight subjects
with one subject assigned to each;
Political and
International
Law
Labor and Social
Legislation
Civil law
Taxation

Mercantile law
Criminal Law
Remedial law
Legal ethics and
Practical
exercise

PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION


I. Bar Examination
. The application is filed with the Clerk of Court of the SC;
. The application should neither contain false statement nor
suppress any material fact;
. The concealment or withholding from the court of the fact that
an applicant has been charged with or indicted for an alleged
crime is a ground for disqualification of the applicant to take the
bar examination, or for revocation of the license to practice if
he has already been admitted to the bar;
. By asking admission to the practice of law, an applicant puts in
issue all his qualifications and assumes the burden of proof to
establish all those qualifications to the satisfaction of the court.

PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION


II. Administration of Oath
An applicant who passed the bar shall take and subscribe the
oath of office as a lawyer;
The oath is a prerequisite to the admission to practice law and
may only be taken before the Supreme Court by a person
authorized by the high tribunal to engage in the practice of law;
The court may defer the applicants taking the oath if there is a
pending complaint against him, which, if found to be true, will
disqualify him from becoming a lawyer;
The lawyers oath is not a mere ceremony or formality for
practicing law. Every lawyer should at all times weigh his actions
according to the sworn promises he makes when taking the
lawyers oath;
It is a source of his obligations and its violation is a ground for his
suspension, disbarment or other disciplinary action.

PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION


III. Signing of the Rolls/Issuance of Certificate
After taking the oath, the SC directs an order that the applicant
has been admitted as a member of the bar for all courts of the
Philippines;
After receiving a certificate to that effect, which is the license to
practice law, the applicant signs the roll of attorneys;
The roll of attorneys contain all the names and signatures of
those who are authorized to practice law in the country;
The license to practice is a guaranty that, as far as the court is
advised, the licensee is fit and in a position to assume and
discharge the responsibilities of an attorney and in the absence of
proof to the contrary, the original representation exists as a
continuing presumption.

PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION


IV. Payment of IBP Dues and Privilege Tax
The integration of the Bar of the Philippines, as ordained by the
Supreme Court, made membership therein by every attorney
compulsory with the obligation to support it financially.
His continued membership in the Integrated Bar and his
regularly paying the membership dues and other lawful
assessments that it may levy are conditions sine qua non to
the privilege to practice law and to the retention of his name in
the roll of attorneys;
Every member of the IBP shall pay such annual dues as the
Board of Governors shall determine with approval of the SC
(Sec. 9, Rule 139-A);
Default in the payment of annual dues for six months shall
warrant suspension of membership and default in such
payment for one year shall be a ground for the removal of the

In Re: Petition to Sign in the Roll of Attorneys Michael


A. Medado
B.M.
No. 2540, Sept. 24, 2013
Facts:
Medado graduated from UP in 1979, took the Attorneys oath on
May 7, 1980 and was scheduled to sign in the Roll of Attorneys on
May 13, 1980;
Medado failed to sign as he allegedly misplaced the notice given
by the Bar Office. Several years later, while already working as a
lawyer, he inadvertently found the notice and then had the
realization that he was not able to sign the Roll of Attorneys;
Thinking that he has already taken the oath and that he was not
actively involved in litigation, he assumed that the signing of the
Roll of Attorney was not urgent nor crucial to his status as a
lawyer;
In 2012, he filed the petition to sign in the Roll of Attorneys

In Re: Petition to Sign in the Roll of Attorneys Michael


A. Medado
Held:No. 2540, Sept. 24, 2013
B.M.

The SC ruled to grant the petition subject to the payment of


fine and the imposition of a penalty equivalent to one year
suspension;
Not allowing Medado to sign in the Roll of Attorneys would be
akin to imposing upon him the ultimate penalty of disbarment,
a penalty that we have reserved for the most serious ethical
transgressions;
The SC noted that Medado demonstrated good faith and moral
character when he took it upon himself to admit his lapse in
judgment, albeit after the passage of more than 30 years;
Being a competent and able legal practitioner, his excuse of
honest mistake of fact is untenable. He violated Canon 9 - A
lawyer shall not, directly or indirectly, assist in the unauthorized
practice of law.