YOUNGEST TAKER, NEW LAWYER. Top 12 in the 2023 Bar examinations, Bulacan State University (BulSU) College of Law 2022 graduate, Cedric Jerome Moya Cruz of Sabang, Baliwag is a court decongestion officer at Branch 15 of the Bulacan Regional Trial Court (RTC). Photo from his social media account

CITY OF MALOLOS–A 25 year old 2022 Bulacan State University (BulSU) College of Law (COL) graduate who works as a court decongestion officer placed 12th in the 2023 Bar examination result released by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Atty. Cedric Jerome Moya Cruz of Branch 15 of the Bulacan Regional Trial Court (RTC) leads seventeen out of nineteen BulSU law graduates who made it in the most recent hurdle for the newest lawyers in the country. He placed 12th with a rating score of 87. 9250%.

Cruz, the youngest among the 19 takers is from Barangay Sabang, City of Baliwag. 

Bulacan IBP Director Rose Bautista said, BulSU College of Law’s performance in the bar showed an 89.47 % passing rate and is the Top 4 performing law school with 11-50 first time candidates. 

This is the second time a BulSU law graduate earns a top post in the bar exams after Ronel Buenaventura placed 10th place in 2015 Bar examinations which result was released in 2016, Bautista added.

“Hindi ako makapaniwala. Ang wish ko lang talaga ay makapasa, bonus na lang na naging Top 12 ako,” (I couldn’t believe it. My wish is to just pass, but I was even luckier, it was a real blessing that I paced 12th), he told NEWS CORE on the phone.

Cruz is in full gratitude to God for the overwhelming Christmas Season gift to him and his family. He dedicated his success to his mother, a public school teacher for her love and sacrifices for his education until he graduated from law school and also to his father, a Baliwag Transit bus inspector.

Cruz said he wants to concentrate in litigation of criminal and civil cases.

Based on the result of the recent examinations, 3,812, or 36.77 percent, of the 10,387 examinees have passed.