TOP 10 PASSERS: November 2018 Bar Exam Topnotchers


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MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) hailed the 2018 bar exam topnotchers after the special en banc session on Friday, May 3.
TOP 20 PASSERS: November 2018 Bar Exam Topnotchers

Committee Chairman Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo announces the results together with the list of successful examinees of the 117th bar exam.

RELATED RESULTS

Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University aced the bar with 89.306%.

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A total of 8,155 law graduates tried to hurdle the 2018 bar exam, the most prestigious professional licensure exam in the country. The series of tests were administered on November 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Espana, Manila.

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TOP 10 PASSERS: 2018 BAR EXAM RESULTS

RANK NAME SCHOOL RATING %
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%

PREVIOUS EXAMINATION

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%.

Meanwhile, University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law alum Rachel Angeli B. Miranda topped the 2015 Bar Examinations with a rating of 87.40%.

Here's the summary of topnotchers during the past seven bar exams.

YEAR TOPNOTCHER SCHOOL RATING
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 85.54%

BAR EXAM OVERVIEW

Bar exam is also the only licensure examination not administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). In the 2018 exams, hopefuls were tasked to answer open-ended questions in long hand. Questions were carefully selected by the committee, formulated to test analytical ability, facility in expression in terms of written argument, comprehension of basic principles of law, and grasp of jurisprudence.

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.

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