Timeline of Ferdinand E. Marcos as a Lawyer

Bago pa man naging pangulo ng Pilipinas si Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) ay naging abugado ito.  At bago pa man siya naging abugado ay pinakita na ni FEM ang talino niya dahil muntik na niyang maperpekto ang 1939 Bar Exams.

Basahin ang dinaanan ni FEM bago siya naging abugado.


  • On December 13, 1938, FEM was arrested for the murder of Julio Nalundasan.
  • But FEM successfully petitioned for release on bail, allowing him to complete his Law Degree from the University of the Philippines.
  • In the summer of 1939, FEM received his bachelors degree, cum laude from the U.P. College of Law. He would have been a class valedictorian and magna cum laude had he not been imprisoned for the Nalundasan murder. The case prevented him from attending several weeks of classes.
  • In 1939, FEM was found guilty and sentence to a minimum of 10 years in prison.
  • FEM spent his six months in jail writing his own 830-page appeal and reviewing for the Bar Exams.
  • FEM posted bail to take the November 1939 Bar Exams.
  • FEM passed and topped the 1939 Bar Exams with average score of 98.01%.

Philippine Collegian with headline: Marcos and Fernandez Lead New Lawyers

  • Because of so high scores, FEM was suspected of cheating and summoned to appear before the Supreme Court.
  • After an oral re-examination given by Court en banc, the Supreme Court made FEM’s official grade to 92.35% although there was no evidence he cheated.

Ferdinand E. Marcos topped 1939 Bar Exams with 98.01%, highest in history.

  • For the record, FEM is the only Bar candidate who was summoned by the Supreme Court for an oral re-examinations.
  • In 1940, FEM orally argued his own case in front of Supreme Court Justice Jose P. Laurel.
  • On October 22, 1940, he was acquitted of the charge of murder and liberated from imprisonment.

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