The honors just keep rolling in. The Legal Education Board (LEB) is set to present Arellano University School of Law (AUSL) with an Award for Outstanding Law School being among the Top 10 Best Performing Law Schools in the Bar Examinations of the past 10 years.
The award, which came on the heel of two Arellanistas bagging 3rd and 10th places in the 2010 Bar Exams, will be conferred on November 11 at the Manila Pavilion during the 2nd Anniversary Celebration of the LEB.
AUSL registered a passing percentage of 42.90% in the last 10 years (2001-2010) to place 7th in the Top 10 list based on the official records of the Office of the Bar Confidant.
Dean Jose R. Sundiang will also receive a Plaque as Outstanding Law Dean in the said event, which will be attended by Supreme Court and Appellate Court justices as well as officers and members of the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), Phjilippine Association of Law Professors (PALP), and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).
"I was surprised when I learned about this award," said Dean Sundiang. "We are actually No. 5 among law schools in Metro Manila and 7th over-all in the entire country."
Not resting on this recent achievement, he added: "I hope we can maintain our standing or even improve it in the future. I am confident we can do that if we can address the challenges confronting us."
Topping the list of Best Performing Law Schools in the Bar Exams is Ateneo de Manila University with an 89.03% average, followed by San Beda (85.74%), University of the Philippines (79.84%), Ateneo de Davao University (64.99%), University of San Carlos (61.23%), University of Santo (60.22%), AUSL, Xavier University (38.90%), Far Eastern University (33.14%), and University of San Agustin (31.63%).
The Top 5 schools will receive an Award for Exellence in Legal Education, while the 6th to 10th will be given the Award for Outstanding Law School.
Arellano University President Francisco P.V. Cayco, Director Florentino S. Cayco III, and Vice Dean Virgilio B. Gesmundo will be joining Dean Sundiang in accepting the award for the school.
The school learned of the recognition through an official letter from former Justice Hilarion Aquino, Chairperson of the LEB, addressed to the Dean's Office.
The LEB, created through Republic Act No. 7662 or the Legal Education Reform Act of 1993, is mandated to supervise all law schools and continuing legal education providers in the country. Among the members of the Board are representatives of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), Philippine Association of Law Professors (PALP), active law practitioners, and bonafide law students.