TOPNOTCHERS: 2023 Bar Exam Results

MANILA, Philippines – The list of bar topnotchers for the 2023 Bar Exam was released by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 5 after the special en banc session.

TOPNOTCHERS: 2023 Bar Exam Results

This was confirmed by Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando, 2023 Bar Chairperson, in a notice to 2023 bar candidates on November 16.

"The undersigned shall release the Results and List of Successful Examinees for the 2023 Bar Examinations (Results) via public announcement in the afternoon of December 5, 2023, Tuesday, at the courtyard of the Supreme Court Main Building, Padre Faura Street, Manila (SC Courtyard)," Hernando said.

A total of 10,387 law graduates completed the third digitalized and regionalized bar exams on September 17, 20, and 24, 2023 in 14 local testing centers nationwide.



TOPNOTCHERS: 2023 Bar Exam Results


In the previous exams, simultaneous with the release of successful bar passers, Supreme Court also announced the list of topnotchers.

In the 2022 bar exam, University of the Philippines College of Law graduate Czar Mathew Gerard Torres aced the bar exam with 88.8083%. The top 5 examinees with the highest scores came from UP.

In the 2020/2021 bar exam, the high court hailed 14 bar takers for their excellent performance. University of the Philippines (UP) has four excellent passers, while Ateneo de Manila University and University of San Carlos (USC) have two each.

In the 2019 bar exam, Mae Diane Azores of the University of Santo Tomas in Legaspi aced the bar with a rating of 91.0490%.

In the 2018 exams, Sean James Borja of the ADMU aced the bar with 89.306%. USC alum Marcley Augustus Nau-El followed with 87.53%. Other schools in the top 10 spots were UP and De La Salle University - Manila.

Here's the summary of topnotchers during the past bar exams:

2022 Czar Mathew Gerard Torres University of the Philippines 88.81%
2020-2021 No top 10 list (but named 14 excellent passers)
2019 Mae Diane Azores University of Santo Tomas - Legaspi 91.05%
2018 Sean James Borja Ateneo de Manila University 89.31%
2017 Mark John H. Simondo University of St. La Salle - Bacolod 91.05%
2016 Karen Mae L. Calam University of San Carlos 89.05%
2015 Rachel Angeli B. Miranda University of the Philippines 87.40%
2014 Irene Mae B. Alcobilla San Beda College - Manila 85.50%
2013 Nielson Pangan University of the Philippines 85.80%
2012 Ignatius Michael D. Ingles Ateneo de Manila University 85.64%
2011 Atadero, Raoul Angelo D. Ateneo de Manila University 85.54%


The Philippine bar examination is a professional exam not handled by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). It is exclusively supervised by the Supreme Court.

The SC conducts the Bar examinations pursuant to Article VIII, Section 5 of the Constitution which provides that it shall have the power to promulgate rules governing the admission to the practice of law.

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