LOOK: Ateneo, University of San Carlos grads dominate 2018 Bar Exam

MANILA, Philippines – Congratulations to all topnotchers of the 2018 bar exam!

Sean James B. Borja of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) aced the bar with a grade of 89.3060 percent.

Congratulations, Sean James B. Borja of Ateneo de Manila University!
Congratulations, Sean James B. Borja of Ateneo de Manila University!

Ranking second was Marcley Augustus D. Natu-el from University of San Carlos (USC) with 87.5300 percent, while at third place was Mark Lawrence C. Bayados, also from USC with 85.8420%.


On fourth and fifth slots were graduates of ADMU, Daniel John A. Fordan (85.4430%) and Katrina Monica C. Gaw (85.4210%).

In total, USC got four highest placers in the 2018 bar exam - including the no. 9 and 10 spots.

Meet the topnotchers of the 2018 bar exam.
Meet the topnotchers of the 2018 bar exam | Photo Credit: Twitter/ Supreme Court

A total of out of 1,800 (22.07%) passed the grueling exam with full results announced by Committee Chairman Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin after the special en banc session on Friday, May 3.

Top 10 passers of the 2018 Bar Exam:

1 Borja, Sean James Ateneo de Manila University 89.3060%
2 Natu-El, Marcley Augustus D. University of San Carlos 87.5300%
3 Badayos, Mark Lawrence C. University of San Carlos 85.8420%
4 Fordan, Daniel John A. Ateneo de Manila University 85.4430%
5 Gaw, Katrina Monica C. Ateneo de Manila University 85.4210%
6 Tongco, Nadaine P. University of the Philippines 85.0320%
7 Sevilla, Patricia O. University of the Philippines 84.8590%
8 Ting, Kathrine T. De La Salle University - Manila 84.8570%
9 Cane, Jebb Lynus Q. University of San Carlos 84.8050%
10 Pita, Alen Joel R. University of San Carlos 84.6930%

In the 2017 bar exam, graduates of provincial law schools dominated the list of topnotchers. Mark John Simondo of University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental aced the bar with a grade of 91.05 percent.

In the 2016 exams, all topnotchers came from the provincial schools, a first without the usual top-performing NCR-based schools. University of San Carlos' Karen Mae Calam aced the bar with a rating of 89.05%.

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.

The examination covered the following topics and their associated subtopics, popularly known as the bar subjects: Political Law and Public International Law, Labor and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

— The Summit Express

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