LIVE UPDATES: SC releases 2019 bar exam results today

MANILA, Philippines – The November 2019 bar exam results are out online today, April 29, 2020 after the special en banc session of the Supreme Court (SC). The live updates and link to the full list of passers and topnotchers are available here once released online.
LIVE UPDATES: SC releases 2019 bar exam results today

UPDATE: 2,103 out of 7,685 examinees (27.36%) who completed the 2019 bar exam passed.

Breaking the tradition amid the coronavirus disease pandemic, the bar results will be deliberated virtually and will be released online upon the approval of Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Committee Chairperson of the 2019 bar exam.

"The results of the 2019 Bar Examinations will be uploaded in the Supreme Court website [] on April 29, 2020, after the En Banc session," SC confirmed through a notice on April 23.


For the 118th bar exams, the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) said that 8,245 were admitted to take the examinations. After the first Sunday on November 3, the number of candidates who took the test was only 7,699. After the second Sunday on November 10, the number went down to 7,691. And on the last Sunday (November 24), 7,685 law graduates completed the grueling tests.

11:50am: Chairperson Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe delivers her message.

11:40am: Results are out!

11:15 am: "Supreme Court done with deliberations on the results of the 2019 Bar Exams.  Please await further official announcements from the Bar Chairperson Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe and the SC PIO," Associate Justice Associate Justice of the Supreme Court said.

9:27 am: "Please stand by for the forthcoming release of the 2019 Bar Examination results," Supreme Court says.

9:00 am: Justice Marvic Leonen's gave advice to all bar takers: "What may seem to you as a failure will only continue to be so if you allow it to diminish you as a human being rather than strive to learn from it. Do not be tempted by hate, anger or envy.  Your time will come.#BarResults2019"

00:15 am: The 2019 Bar results are expected to be released between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm today. Previous results were out online at noon time or between 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Here's the live Twitter feed for those waiting for the bar results.

In the special en banc session, 'decoding of bar exam results' will be 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 successfully passed the exams.

Meanwhile, this will be the first time in recent memory that the list of successful bar examinees will not be flashed on a widescreen at the SC front yard.

"In light of the government's call for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone is advised to stay in their respective homes and check the results online. No visitors shall be allowed to enter the Supreme Court compound on said date and the list of bar passers will not be displayed in the premises," SC said.

Even the message from Bernabe will just be uploaded at the SC website and will no longer be delivered in the Supreme Court premises.

As announced, SC will announce details of clearance procedure, oathtaking ceremony and roll-signing.

As advised, all bar candidates who were conditionally admitted to take the 2019 bar exam and passed the exam shall not be allowed to join the oathtaking ceremony, unless they have submitted the requisite documents within the period previously given to them.

"The Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) shall not accept petitions to take Lawyer's Oath until after the roll-signing of those who have submitted their complete documentary requirements. The OBC will issue an announcement once it is ready to accept such petitions," SC statement reads.

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

This prestigious exam is composed of the following subjects: Political Law and Public International Law (15%), Labor and Social Legislation (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (10%), Remedial Law (20%) and Legal and Judicial Ethics (5%).

— The Summit Express

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