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Friday, May 3, 2019

LIST OF PASSERS, Top 20: 2018 Bar exam result

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MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) released on Friday, May 3, 2019 the list of bar exam passers who have hurdled the grueling exams in November 2018 at University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.

Results were announced by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, chairperson of the Bar exams committee, at the SC front yard in Padre Faura St. in Manila.

Only 22.07% (1,800 out of 8,158) passed the 2018 bar exam, Del Castillo confirmed.

Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) aced the bar with a score of 89.306%.

For the 117th bar exams, the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) said that 8,701 were admitted to take the examinations (highest number of Bar candidates in recent years).

2018 BAR EXAM RESULTS
The Philippine bar examinations, dubbed as the most prestigious professional licensure exam in the country for aspiring lawyers, is the only professional exam not handled by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). It is exclusively supervised by the Supreme Court.

Some Filipino lawyers say the bar exam is hard because it is centralized on eight bar subjects, with the expected annual passing rate of 20% to 30%.

The examinable subjects are: Political Law and Public International Law (15%), Labor and Social Legislation (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (10%), Remedial Law (20%) and Legal and Judicial Ethics (5%).

Comparative Results for the Bar Exam in the past 18 years

Year No. of Examinees No. of Passers Passing Rate
2018 8,156
2017 6,748 1,724 25.55%
2016 6344 3747 59.06%
2015 6,605 1,731 26.21%
2014 5,984 1,126 18.82%
2013 5,292 1,174 22.18%
2012 5,343 949 17.76%
2011 5,987 1,913 31.95%
2010 4,847 982 20.26%
2009 5,903 1,451 24.58%
2008 6,364 1,310 20.58%
2007 5,626 1,289 22.91%
2006 6,187 1,893 30.60%
2005 5,607 1,526 27.22%
2004 5,249 1,659 31.61%
2003 5,349 1,108 20.71%
2002 4,659 917 19.68%
2001 3,849 1,266 32.89%
2000 4,698 979 20.84%

In the 2017 bar exam, passing rate was at 25.55%. Graduates of provincial law schools dominated the list of topnotchers. Mark John Simondo, graduate of University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental aced the bar with a grade of 91.05 percent.

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