2023 BAR EXAM RESULTS: List of Passers and Topnotchers

MANILA, Philippines (Released April 12, 2023) – The February 2023 Bar exam results for batch to over 11,000 examinees including the official list of passers and excellent/exemplary passers are released by the Supreme Court (SC) of the Philippines on Tuesday, April 12, 2023.

As announced, 8,241 out of 11,402 (72.28%) examinees successfully passed the 2023 Bar exams. Of the 8,241 examinees that passed, 761 earned recognition for exemplary performance having obtained grades ranging from 85% to 90% while 14 bar takers earned recognition for excellent performance having obtained grades higher than 90%.

It is the first time that the Bar exam was given locally. It is not dependent on penmanship as it was done digitally, has reduced coverage of exams and not spread out in four (4) consecutive Sundays in a month.

The digitalized 2023 bar exams for is the largest batch of examinees in history. This is the batch that will fulfill the lack of new lawyers that happened within the last two years due to the pandemic. A total of 11,790 has paid their application to take the exams. The exams were headed by the 2020/21 Bar Examinations Chairperson, Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen in partnership with several Local Government Units (LGUs) nationwide.

The 2023 licensure exam for aspiring lawyers is originally scheduled on 2020 and 2021. After several postponements, it finally pushed through on February 4 and 6, 2023 at thirty-one (31) local testing sites in the National Capital Region (Makati, Pasay, Manila, Quezon City, and Taguig City), Baguio City, San Fernando City-La Union, Tuguegarao City-Cagayan, Bayombong – Nueva Vizcaya, Angeles-Pampanga, Lipa City-Batangas, Calapan City-Oriental Mindoro, Naga-Camarines Sur, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Cebu City, Dumaguete City, Tacloban City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Davao City and General Santos City.

2023 Bar Exams List of Passers

List of Successful Examinees in the Bar Exams
Held on FEBRUARY 4 & 6, 2023
Released date: April 12, 2023 after the special En Banc session
Passing Rate: 72.28%

Top Law Schools

Here are the top law schools with more than 100 bar takers:

  1. Ateneo De Manila University 99.64%
  2. University of the Philippines Diliman 98.84%
  3. San Beda University 98.11%
  4. University of San Carlos 98.00%
  5. University of Santo Tomas, Manila 93.06%

How many examinees took the Bar Exams 2023?

As per SC’s Bar Matter Resolution No. 3490 released on January 4, 2023, there are 11,790 examinees registered to take the 2023 Bar exams for Batch . The biggest and most challenging yet, as per SC. These examinees have been reviewing longer than any other Bar examinees in the past.

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Out of 11,790 registered examinees, 11,378 showed in the first day of exams (96.5% turnout). A good number considering several challenges due to pandemic.

When is the release of 2023 Bar exam results?

The normal releasing of results is usually 5-6 months after the exams. But due to the digital conduct of Bar exams this 2023, it is expected that the batch bar exam results will be released earlier than previous bar exams as examiners can check the answers much quicker.

In a recent press briefer released by the SC’s Public Information Office, the results will be released on Tuesday, April 12, 2023. To quote,

The 2020-21 Bar Examinations Committee Chairperson, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, today asked the Court to hold a special En Banc session next Tuesday, April 12, 2023, for the purpose of considering his report on the first-ever digitalized and regionalized bar examinations and the release of its results.

The oath-taking of the successful bar examinees is scheduled on May 2, 2023. The venue and other details of the oath-taking shall be announced later.

Before the official posting of results, SC is conducting a special en banc session to decode the bar exam results. This is the process of opening the sealed envelopes with the names of passers.

The list of passers will also be posted at SC’s official website and will be flashed via widescreen at Supreme Court’s front yard. You may also refer to this article as we will also post the names of successful examinees.

The oath-taking of the new lawyers candidates will be announced by SC after the posting of results.

Coverage of Bar Exams 2023

The coverage of the 2023 bar exams has been reduced to four (4) subjects only and distributed to two (2) days due to several factors including the COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction and shortening of exams aim to ensure that there is enough lawyers to meet the needs of the people during the pandemic. Here is the coverage of exams:

  • The Law pertaining to the State and its relationship with its citizens/ formerly Political Law, Labor Law and Taxation Law (30%)
  • Criminal Law (15%)
  • The Law pertaining to Private Personal and Commercial Relations/ formerly Civil Law and Commercial Law (30%)
  • Procedure and Professional Ethics/ formerly Remedial Law, Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises (25%)
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What are the questions in 2023 Bar Exams?

Find here the list of questions in the Batch bar exams for all subjects, as disclosed and shared by the Supreme Court:

Passing Percentage of Bar Exams 2023

To pass the Bar exams, an examinee must have a general average of 75% and with no grade lower than 50% in any of the subjects. While this is the normal case, SC En Banc may also make adjustments and lower the passing percentage.

In 2012, passing percentage was lowered to 70% while in the year 2013 and 2014 bar exams, it was likewise lowered to 73%.

Will there be another schedule of Bar Exams for 2023?

According to ChairPerson Leonen in the Press Conference of the Batch bar exams,

“The regular bar exam is actually November of every year. I cannot speak for the next bar chair because after we/I conduct this bar exam, it passes on to Justice Benjamin Caguioa. It is up to him to assess the circumstances and after that, recommend to the Supreme Court En Banc as to when the Bar Exam for 2023 will happen.”

Previous Bar Exams

The last bar exams was held on November 2019. During these exams, 2,103 out of 7,685 (27.36%) examinees passed. Mae Dianne M. Azores from University of Santo Tomas – Legaspi ranked first gaarnering a rating of 91.05% followed by Princess Fatima T. Parahiman from University of the East having 89.52%.

On November 2018 bar exams chaired by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, 1,800 out of 8,155 (22.07%) examinees passed. Sean James B. Borja from Ateneo de Manila University clinched the top spot having 89.31% rating followed by Marcley Augustus Natu-El and Mark Lawrence Badayos, both from University of San Carlos having 87.53% and 85.84% respective rating.

Here is the statistics of Bar exam results from the year 2010 to 2019.

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%

About Bar Exams

The Philippine Bar examination is an annual licensure exams conducted by the Supreme Court of the Philippines through the SC’s Bar Exam Committee. This is the only licensure exams for professionals that is not regulated by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

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2023 Bar exams is the 119th licensure exams for all aspiring lawyers.

Bar exams is dubbed as the hardest exams in all professional exams in the Philippines. From the year 2010 to 2019, only 27% average passing rate was recorded. The difficulty in passing is mostly attributed to the growing volume of Philippine case and statutory laws.

Candidates who have failed three times in the bar exams are not permitted to take again unless they re-enroll and pass the regular fourth-year review classes and attend a pre-bar review course in an approved school.

Updates

12 Noon: The list of passers that circulated online is not the SC’s official copy, says Marvic Leonen, Bar Chairperson. To quote,

Official copy will be released in a few minutes. Congratulations to all.

Please refer only to the official copy of the list of bar passers. It has a watermark “official copy”. Any other list (with any other watermark) may not be accurate.

April 12, 2023 (10AM): The Special en banc session will commence at 10AM today, afterwards, Bar chairperson Marvic Leonen will make announcement on the results inside the Supreme Court.

April 12, 2023 (8AM): Supreme Court said that release of results will still push through today April 12, 2023 despite the fire that happened earlier today. To quote their tweet,

Preparations are in full swing for the release of the results of the Bar Exams today as scheduled. It will proceed despite the fire incident this morning. #Bar2020_21 #BestBarEver2020_21

Kapit lang bes. Malapit na.
It was an honor for me, my team, and the Court to be with you throughout this journey.
~Marvic Leonen

April 5, 2023: Marvic Leonen in his official Twitter post dated April 4, 2023 said that they will announce today the date of release of February 2023 bar exam results as well as the schedule of oath-taking for new lawyers.

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.

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