February 2022 Bar Exam Result for 2020-2021: List of Passers

MANILA, Philippines – More than 11,000 aspiring law graduates are awaiting for the official release of the February 2022 Bar Exam Results for 2020-2021 batch on April 12 or a little over two months after the tests. This includes the full list of passers, exemplary passers (no top 10 or topnotchers), top performing schools and performance of law schools.

As announced, 8,241 out of 11,402 (72.28%) passed the exams.

The Supreme Court (SC) headed by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen administered the bar exam on February 4 and 6, 2022 or after several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the first time that the exams were held in multiple venues (31 testing sites scattered in 22 local government units across the country) and was shortened to two days instead of four. SC also adopted digital modality of the exams using secured online application.

Leonen said that 11,378 examinees took the exams or equivalent to 96.5 percent turnout. This was considered as the biggest batch of bar candidates.


Held on FEBRUARY 4 & 6, 2022
Released on April 12, 2022

Official Copy Bar Exam Results


Leonen announced last year that list of topnotchers or top 10 passers will not be released for the 2020-2021 bar exam but they will instead recognize examinees who recorded “exemplary performance” in the licensure test.

The Bar chairperson said this is in consideration of the different circumstances that two batches of examinees went through amid a pandemic.

The SC this time will focus on the pass-fail method and examinees will receive pronouncements on whether they (1) passed with exemplary performance, (2) passed, or (3) did not pass.

Those who obtained a total weighted score of 85% or higher will be included in the “exemplary performance" list.

“The names of examinees who earned recognition for exemplary performance shall be made publicly available simultaneously with the list of passers, through the same media. Apart from this, no fanfare shall be devoted in releasing information on examinees who rendered exemplary performance,” Leonen added.


The Supreme Court reduced the coverage and shortened the duration of the 2020/21 bar exam.

Instead of the usual eight subjects, bar hopefuls took four sets of examinations for two days.

1. The Law Pertaining to the State and Its Relationship with Its Citizens (formerly Political Law, Labor Law, and Taxation Law) - 30%;

2. Criminal Law - 15%;

3. The Law Pertaining to Private Personal and Commercial Relations (formerly Civil Law and Commercial Law) - 30%; and

4. Procedure and Professional Ethics (formerly Remedial Law, Legal Ethics, and Practical Exercises) - 25%.

Examinees were tasked to answer 15 to 18 straightforward questions per bar subject designed to address entry-level legal competency. All questions were essay-type and there were no multiple-choice questions.


Bar taker will have to earn at least 75% as total weighted score to pass. This score is the product of Bar subject’s relative weight and raw score as a percentage of the maximum possible score.

While a bar examinee is “deemed to have passed his examinations successfully if he/she has obtained a general average of 75%,” the SC en banc has the discretion whether to make adjustments, as it did in the previous Bar Examinations to lower the bar exam passing percentage.

Note: In the 2019 bar exam, passing percentage was lowered from 75% to 74%.


The Supreme Court announced on Tuesday, April 5, the exact date of release of bar exam results as well as the oathtaking schedule.

In a press briefer, Supreme Court said the 2020-21 Bar Examinations Committee Chairperson, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, today asked the Court to hold a special En Banc session next Tuesday, April 12, 2022, for the purpose of considering his report on the first-ever digitalized and regionalized Bar Examinations and the release of its results.

The high court said that oath-taking of successful examinees will be on May 2, 2022.


Year No. of Examinees No. of Passers Passing Rate
2019 7,685 2,103 27.36%
2018 8,158 1,800 22.07%
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%

February 2022 Bar Exam Result for 2020-2021: List of Passers

PRC Board News will immediately update this page for bar exam list of passers once released online. You may also check real-time updates on The Summit Express or on the official website of Supreme Court.
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