10,816 aspiring lawyers to take 2023 Bar Exam

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 10,816 aspiring lawyers are expected to take the 2023 Bar Exam, according to the Supreme Court (SC) of the Philippines through the Office of the 2023 Bar Chair.

Of the total examinees, 5,832 will be taking the Bar Examination for the first time, while 4,984 will be taking the same for at least the second time.

SEE ALSOSC targets to release 2023 Bar Exam Results early December

The number is higher compared to the previous year's 9,183 examinees.

This will be the third digitalized and regionalized bar exams, relative to the successful conduct of 2020-2021 and 2022 Bar Exams.

Examinees arrive early at the local testing center in the University of the Philippines – Bonifacio Global City as they prepare themselves for the first day of the 2023 Bar Examinations. Photo courtesy of Supreme Court

Meanwhile, an estimated number of 2,571 Bar personnel are to be deployed nationwide to the National Headquarters and 14 Local Testing Centers (LTCs), all set to welcome the 2023 Bar Examinees and ensure the smooth conduct of the 2023 Bar Examinations. This number includes Court officials; Judges; numerous personnel from the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Sandiganbayan, the Court of Tax Appeals, and First- and Second Level Courts; and lawyers in the government and private practice.

This year’s Bar Examinations, which will be held on September 17, 20, and 24, are divided into six core subjects:

1. Political and Public International Law (15%)

2. Commercial and Taxation Laws (20%)

3. Civil Law (20%)

4. Labor Law and Social Legislation (10%)

5. Criminal Law (10%)

6. Remedial Law, Legal and Judicial Ethics with Practical Exercises (25%)

These core subjects were determined and approved by the Court En Banc upon thoughtful review of previous syllabi and due consideration of the latest developments in legal practice.

The 14 LTCs nationwide for the 2023 Bar Examinations are:

National Capital Region (NCR)

1. San Beda University – Manila

2. University of Santo Tomas

3. San Beda College Alabang

4. University of the Philippines – Diliman

5. Manila Adventist College

6. University of the Philippines – Bonifacio Global City


7. Saint Louis University

8. Cagayan State University

9. University of Nueva Caceres


10. University of San Jose – Recoletos

11. University of San Carlos

12. Dr. V. Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation


13. Ateneo de Davao University

14. Xavier University

San Beda College Alabang in Alabang, Muntinlupa City will serve as the National Headquarters of the 2023 Bar Examinations.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando, Chairperson of the 2023 Bar Examinations, said that the Office of the Bar Chair has been daily and closely monitoring the Bar applicants’ responses and feedback from all the Court’s releases regarding the Bar Examinations.

“We connect with the Bar takers through the hard work that we share. To be with our baristas is our way of giving them a feeling of enlightenment, comfort, a boost of confidence, and a push to proceed and succeed,” said Justice Hernando.

— The Summit Express

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