SC announces 2013 Philippine Bar Exam schedule, venue, coverage and format

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) announces bulletin no.1 for 2013 Philippine Bar Examinations which includes schedule, venue, coverage and format of exam.

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SC announces 2013 Philippine Bar Exam schedule, venue

Examination will be administered by SC at University of Sto. Tomas, Espana, Manila in four (4) Sundays of October 2013 - October 6, 13, 20 and 27.

October 6:
8 a.m. - 12 noon - Political Law
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Labor Law

October 13:
8 a.m. - 12 noon - Civil Law
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Taxation

October 20:
8 a.m. - 12 noon - Commercial Law
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Criminal Law

October 27:
8 a.m. - 12 noon - Remedial Law
2 p.m. - 6 p.m - Legal Ethics


According to SC, questions shall strictly fall within the defined Syllabus for every subject. The Syllabi shall be released through a Bar Bulletin probably this January 2013. The cut-off for Supreme Court decisions covered by the 2013 Bar Examinations shall be January 31, 2013.

Exam Structure and Format of Questions

Examination will be mainly essay-type (80% of the total) and only 20% multiple choice. SC clearly says that questions shall be based on a given set of facts, presented as briefly but as clearly and completely as possible, taking into account that every examinee needs reading, understanding, consideration of the applicable law,and answering time for every question.

The whole examination should be answerable by the average bar examinee within 3 .5 hours (210 minutes) to allow him or her 30 minutes of review time.

The basic elements of problem solving that the Examiners shall particularly look for are: the examinee's (1) proper understanding and appreciation of the facts, particularly of the components or details that can be material in resolving the given problem; (2) his or her appreciation of the applicable/awls that may come into play; (3) recognition of the issuels posed; and the ( 4) resolution of the issues through the analysis and application of the law to the given facts. The examinee's presentation and articulation of his or her answer shall also be given weight.

The 20% MCQ portion of the examination shall be divided into 4 or 5 main fact situations from which the MCQ questions shall be asked.

The 80% essay portion of the exam shall be divided into eight (8) divisions of ten (10) points each, with a maximum of two facts per division from which question shall be drawn. The corresponding weight of each question shall properly be indicated in the questionnaire, together with estimated
answering time, to allow the examinee proper allotment of his or her exam time.

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