Davao Norte’s fledgling law school produces first 4 lawyers in first crack

may 22, 2014
In its first crack at Bar exams, four of the six first law graduates of six-year-old St. Thomas More School of Law and Business in Tagum City passed the 2013 Bar examinations.
In 2009 the law school opened with 72 law students enrolled. Of the number only six graduated.
The six took the bar exams last year but only four had passed. It is higher 66.66 passing percentage, though being a fledgling law school.
The St. Thomas More School of Law and Business was founded by Atty. Rodolfo Rapista, current school president and former board member of Davao del Norte.
Its founding law school dean is now Judge Gil Dela Banda.
“The school is owned by lawyers and businessmen,” said Rapista in an interview.
He said is just proud to produce the law school’s first four lawyers as he expressed confidence the school could produce more, with its kind of training.
One of the St. Thomas More’s new lawyer Ian Enterina described the law school training as “so rigid one that really prepared law students to become lawyers.”
“Every week there’s quiz, and there’s always recitation that you are forced to read. The exams are long and extensive from first year to fourth year,” he said.
He is a son of a welder. He graduated through the law scholarship of Compostela Valley Board Member Arvin Dexter Lopoz, the No. 2 Bar topnotcher in 2000.
Atty. Lopoz launched his law scholarship intended for the youths in his legislative district so that once they become lawyers they would first serve the lawyer-deficient Compostela Valley and serve for the ends of justice.
Compostela Valley is the province where its sole Regional Trial Court in Nabunturan town is most troubled of thousands of backlog cases to resolve.
St. Thomas More School of Law and Business counts to be one that proximately attracts law student enrolees, usually working or coming from low-income families, from the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Agusan del Sur.
There is another law school that opened in Tagum City three years ago, the St. Mary’s College Law School. It is yet to produce its first graduates in the coming school year.
In Davao Region, the old and established law schools are the Ateneo de Davao University-College of Law and University of Mindanao-College of Law in  Davao City, and Cor Jesu College-Law School in Digos City. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)
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