October 2013 Philippine Bar Exam Results - passers, topnotchers

Manila - The October 2013 Philippine Bar Exam results are officially released after the special en banc session on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Out of 5,293 law graduates who took the tests on the four Sundays of October 2013 ( October 6, 13, 20 and 27), list of passers and topnotchers who got at least 75 percent average grade were announced by the Supreme Court.

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Bar exams committee was led by Associate Justice Arturo Brion who conducted examination at University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila. After the long preparation, officials said the exams were 'generally peaceful' and congratulated Brion for the job well done.

The 2013 Philippine Bar exam consists of 20% multiple choice questions and 80% essay-type questions different to the previous year which have 60 percent multiple choice questions and 40 percent essay type of problem.

Through the series of bar bulletins released by the Supreme Court, takers were guided from petition of bar candidates to the actual test.

SC said that a total of 5,303 candidates took the exams on October 6 (First Sunday) for the Political and Labor Law subjects. Of those, 2,688 were first-time examinees (50.69 percent) and 2,615 were repeaters (49.31 percent). One of the oldest examinees was a 77-year-old law graduate who took his first Bar exams in 1960 and his second in 1961.

On October 13, five candidates dropped out, leaving 5,298 candidates who took Civil Law and taxation subjects.

On October 20 (Third Sunday), 5,294 candidates took the Mercantile Law exam in the morning and 5,293 candidates who took the Criminal Law exam in the afternoon.

On the last day of test, 5,293 candidates took the Remedial Law and Legal Ethics bar subjects.

March 11, 2014 Update2013 Bar Exam results are out on March 18, 2014

The tentative oathtaking date for the passers of October 2013 bar exam is set on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

The Philippine Bar Examination is the professional licensure examination for lawyers in the Philippines. It is the only professional exam not handled by PRC and exclusively supervised by Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court 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.

The Office of the Bar Confidant of the Philippine Supreme Court releases the Official List of Successful Bar Examinees, usually during the last week of March or the first week of April of every year. In the case of the 2012 bar exam, results were released on the third week of March or earlier than usual.

Prior to the release of results, special en banc session for the 'decoding of bar exam results' is being done. Decoding is the process where the SC orders the Office of the Bar Confidant to open the sealed envelopes with the names of the candidates who passed the exams.

Last year bar passing percentage of 17.76% (949 out of 5,343 ) is the lowest after a decade. In October 2011, passing rate was 31.95% ( 1,913 out of 5,987) and recorded as second on the history of highest passing rate since 2001. 2001 has 32.89% (1,266 out of 3,849) successful examinees.

Ignatius Michael D. Ingles of the Ateneo de Manila University topped last year bar examinations with a rating of 85.64%.

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