H-O Passers: 2020-2021 Bar Exam Result

MANILA, Philippines – The February 2022 bar exam results for 2020-2021 editions are out online on Tuesday, April 12, or in two (2) months after the series of tests. The Supreme Court (SC) released the complete list of passers out of 11,402 aspiring lawyers who completed the exams. View on this page for H-O list of new lawyers.

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

The high court confirmed recently that Associate Justice Marvic Leonen plans to hold a special En Banc session on Tuesday for the purpose of considering his report on the first-ever digitalized and regionalized Bar Examinations and the release of its results.

After several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the bar exam was administered on February 4 and 6, 2022 in 31 testing sites scattered in 22 local government units across the country.

SC added that oath-taking of successful examinees will be on May 2, 2022.



Released April 12, 2022

Official Copy Bar Exam Results

NOTE: Leonen confirmed on April 11 that names of those who have hurdled the exam will be flashed on a widescreen at the Supreme Court. Results can be viewed simultaneously on SC's official website.


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.


In the 2019 bar exam, 27.36% hopefuls (2,103 out of 7,685) passed the series of exams. Mae Diane Azores of the University of Santo Tomas in Legaspi aced the bar with a rating of 91.0490%.

In the 2018 bar exams, only 22.07% (1,800 out of 8,158) passed the exams. Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) graduate Sean James Borja topped the bar with 89.31%.

In the 2017 bar exam, passing rate was 25.55%. Graduates of provincial law schools dominated the list of topnotchers. Mark John Simondo, graduate of University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental aced the bar with a grade of 91.05 percent.

In the 2016 exam, a record-breaking 59.06% passing rate was hit. This was a historic high for at least 30 years. All topnotchers came from the provincial law schools, dominating 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 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.

The tough examination has the usual passing rate of 20 to 30%.

H-O Passers: 2020-2021 Bar Exam Result

Congratulations to our new lawyers!

— The Summit Express

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