FULL LIST: 2020-2021 Bar Exam Results passers, top schools 2022

MANILA, Philippines – (Updated April 13, 2022) The February 2022 Philippine Bar Exam results for the historic 2020-2021 bar exam are released online after the Supreme Court (SC) special en banc session on Tuesday, April 12 or a little over two months after the grueling tests. This includes the full list of passers, exemplary passers (no top 10 or topnotchers), top performing schools and performance of law schools.

2020-2021 Bar Exam Results passers, top schools 2022

As announced, 8,241 out of 11,402 (72.28%) passed the exams.

Of the 8,241 who passed the exams, there are 761 exemplary passers who got 85-90% rating in the Bar exams. Fourteen (14) Bar takers earned recognition for excellent performance, having obtained grades higher than 90 percent, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said.

LIVE UPDATES: SC releases 2020-2021 bar exam results today

Due to the pandemic, the 2020-2021 Bar exam was shelved for two years. After several postponements, it was finally held on February 4 and 6, 2022 in 31 testing sites scattered in 22 local government units across the country. This will be a departure from the past bar examinations, which are generally held on all Sundays of November in centralized venue of University of Santo Tomas in Manila. SC also moved to digital modality of the exams.

The highest court clarified that modifications to the bar exam were pro hac vice (meaning, for this occasion only) because of the pandemic and a natural calamity.

Leonen, 2020/2021 Bar chairperson, said that 11,790 admitted to take the exam, 11,402 completed the examinations. Only 3.9% were unable to take or finish the bar exams.

Meanwhile, at least 219 who tested positive for COVID-19 were unable to take the bar exam. SC also said a still undetermined number of examinees were disqualified for violating policies and the Honor Code.

NOTE: At least 12 examinees were allowed to take the examination in the traditional handwritten format while one examinee who is afflicted with a disease that disabled his hands was aided by a stenographer who encoded his answers.



Held on FEBRUARY 4 & 6, 2022
Released on April 12, 2022

Official Copy Bar Exam Results


The Supreme Court officially announced April 12 (Holy Tuesday) release of the 2020/2021 Bar exam results or in just two months after the tests. Leonen initially hinted of 'soonest possible time' due to the digital mode of the exams. Previous exams via paper-and-pencil test had results after 5-6 months.

“What I can only tell you, at the soonest possible time given the advances of technology that we have,” he said.


Prior to the official release of list of passers, exemplary passers and performance of law schools, reliable sources give updates on the possible or exact date of release of bar exam results. Specifically, the SC and the personnel related to the administration of the bar exam are sharing information of the special en banc leading to the release of results mid-day of the schedule.

The Summit Express will once again provide immediate and live updates on this page and our social media accounts in time for the announcement of results.

April 12, 2022 Update: 2020-2021 bar exam results are expected to be released TODAY! Stay tuned here for the live updates.

April 11, 2022 Update: Leonen confirmed that list of successful bar examinees will be flashed on a widescreen at the Supreme Court front yard simultaneous with the release online. This is a traditional setup during the pre-pandemic.

April 11, 2022 Update: TOMORROW is your 'big day', aspiring lawyers. Congrats in advance!

April 9, 2022 Update: As bar exam results are coming very soon, Leonen encouraged hopefuls to "personally thank all who have brought you to where you are right now.  Regardless of the result, they helped you in this journey. Think of their sacrifices too."

April 5, 2022 Update: Bar exam results out on Tuesday, April 12, the Supreme Court has confirmed.

April 5, 2022 Update: Leonen said to announce Tuesday the exact release date of results and oathtaking schedule for the 2020-2021 bar exam.

"We will make an announcement tomorrow as to when the bar results will come out and the schedule of the oath taking for new lawyers.  

Rest easy and no need to make yourself anxious from the unverified stories you are receiving," he tweeted.

March 31, 2022 Update: Leonen advised takers not to be misled by rumors on bar exam results date and when the oath taking will take place.

"Do not be misled by rumors. I will make the announcement at the right time as to when the results of the bar examinations will be released and when the oath taking will take place.

Be patient and all the best for everyone. Help each other," Leonen tweeted.


Leonen announced last year that list of topnotchers will not be released for the 2020-2021 bar exam but they will instead recognize examinees who recorded “exemplary performance” in the licensure test.

The Bar chairperson said this is in consideration of the different circumstances that two batches of examinees went through amid a pandemic.

The Supreme Court this time will focus on the pass-fail method and examinees will receive pronouncements on whether they (1) passed with exemplary performance, (2) passed, or (3) did not pass.

Those who obtained a total weighted score of 85% or higher will be included in the “exemplary performance" list.

“The names of examinees who earned recognition for exemplary performance shall be made publicly available simultaneously with the list of passers, through the same media. Apart from this, no fanfare shall be devoted in releasing information on examinees who rendered exemplary performance,” Leonen added.


The Supreme Court reduced the coverage and shortened the duration of the 2020/21 bar exam.

Instead of the usual eight subjects, bar hopefuls took four sets of examinations for two days.

1. The Law Pertaining to the State and Its Relationship with Its Citizens (formerly Political Law, Labor Law, and Taxation Law) - 30%;

2. Criminal Law - 15%;

3. The Law Pertaining to Private Personal and Commercial Relations (formerly Civil Law and Commercial Law) - 30%; and

4. Procedure and Professional Ethics (formerly Remedial Law, Legal Ethics, and Practical Exercises) - 25%.

Examinees were tasked to answer 15 to 18 straightforward questions per bar subject designed to address entry-level legal competency. All questions were essay-type and there were no multiple-choice questions.


Bar hopeful will have to earn at least 75% as total weighted score to pass. This score is the product of Bar subject’s relative weight and raw score as a percentage of the maximum possible score.

While a bar examinee is “deemed to have passed his examinations successfully if he/she has obtained a general average of 75%,” the SC en banc has the discretion whether to make adjustments, as it did in the previous Bar Examinations to lower the bar exam passing percentage.

Note: In the 2019 bar exam, passing percentage was lowered from 75% to 74%.


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 SC 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.

Some Filipino lawyers say the bar exam is hard because it is centralized on wide-range bar subjects, with the expected annual passing rate of 20% to 30%.

Special en banc session for the 'decoding of bar exam results' is being done morning prior to the release of results. Decoding is the process where the SC orders the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) to open the sealed envelopes with the names of the candidates who passed the exams.

In 2011, SC introduced multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in the exams resulting for higher passing rate. In 2012, passing rate plummeted to a 12-year low of 17.76%.

In 2013, SC revised the rule giving essay questions more weight (80 percent) than MCQ (20 percent). Passing rate recovered (22.18) but still far from the 30-percent mark in the early 2000s.

The 2014 exam also resulted to a low passing rate of 18.82% while a big jump was saw in 2015 having 26.21%, the the sixth highest since 2001 which had a 32.89 percent.

The historic high of 59.06% passing rate in 2016 was recorded as Chairman Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr was more "reasonable" as "points were given to answers, even if the positions taken may not exactly be the right answer."

In the 2018 bar exam, passing rate was down to 22.07%. Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University aced the bar with 89.31%.

In the 2019 bar exam, passing rate rose a bit to 27.36% after adjusting the passing percentage to 74%. Mae Diane Azores of the University of Santo Tomas in Legaspi aced the bar with a rating of 91.0490%.

Check out the Comparative Results for the Bar Examinations in the past 20 years (statistics courtesy of OBC):

Year No. of Examinees No. of Passers Passing Rate
2019 7,685 2,103 27.36%
2018 8,158 1,800 22.07%
2017 6,748 1,724 25.55%
2016 6344 3747 59.06%
2015 6,605 1,731 26.21%
2014 5,984 1,126 18.82%
2013 5,292 1,174 22.18%
2012 5,343 949 17.76%
2011 5,987 1,913 31.95%
2010 4,847 982 20.26%
2009 5,903 1,451 24.58%
2008 6,364 1,310 20.58%
2007 5,626 1,289 22.91%
2006 6,187 1,893 30.60%
2005 5,607 1,526 27.22%
2004 5,249 1,659 31.61%
2003 5,349 1,108 20.71%
2002 4,659 917 19.68%
2001 3,849 1,266 32.89%
2000 4,698 979 20.84%

Meanwhile, veteran lawyer and former SC spokesman Theodore Te explained:

Each bar examination must be considered unique in itself when we look at the comparative statistics across the years. Unlike other licensure examinations which employ a standard set of questions and the same set of examiners across a period of time, the bar examinations for each year is practically a new exam because the composition of the Committee differs—from the Chair, who has absolute and sole discretion to choose the questions to be asked, to the eight examiners, who are the ones who correct the notebooks.


— The Summit Express


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