• 20 percent hurdled 2013 Bar exams


    Only about 20 percent of those who took the Bar examinations in October passed, according to a reliable source at the Supreme Court.

    The results of the Bar will be released on March 18.

    The source told The Manila Times that only about 20 percent of those who take the tests held on four Sundays in October got the passing grade of 75, or better.

    The passing rate is higher than the 17.76 percent in 2012.

    Of the 5,641 law graduates who applied for the Bar exams, only 5,593 actually took the tests, and only 5,293 completed them.

    Last year, Arellano University had the biggest number of examinees at 229, followed by

    Ateneo de Manila University, 217 and University of the Philippines, 200.

    Considered to be “killer subjects” were Commercial Law and Legal Ethics.

    Weeks before the exams, the Supreme Court warned that bad grammar was the main reason why so many examinees flunked.

    Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion, himself a Bar topnotcher, was the chairman of the 2013 Bar examinations.

    This year’s Bar chairman is Justice Diosdado Peralta.

    In determining the average, subjects are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15 percent; Labor and Social Legislation, 10 percent; Civil Law, 15 percent; Taxation, 10 percent; Mercantile Law, 15 percent; Criminal Law, 10 percent; Remedial Law, 20 percent; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5 percent, for a total of 100 percent.


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    1. Most Law students went to Law school without taking into consideration that the Bar examination is not that easy.They just enrolled Law school to get extra credits or education units as LLB and are not well prepared for the rigorous examination. Some though are intelligent, smart and well prepared but not lucky to pass the test. CONGRATULATIONS for those successful examinees that pass the exam and better luck next time for those who didn’t make it well.

    2. Kawawa naman ang mga bagong abogado ata abogada kung matutulad sila sa akin,iba na ngayon ang sistema ng Hustisya sa Pilipinas, sa Supreme Court kung pagbabasehan ang dinaranas ko talagang makukumbinsi ka na may Old Boys Clubs

    3. A continous trend of very low percentage of passers in the bar points to a obvious fact that the supreme court is not on the same page as the law schools in the Philippines in regards to what the schools are teaching and what is being tested in the bar examinations, it should be the same, you teach what you test and test what was taught. If i teach you how to peel a banana and instead test you how to peel an apple definitely you will fail the test.

    4. There had been a lot of undocumented comments/ speculations that the results of the bar are being adjusted to satisfy a certain quota. While I do not agree with such a procedure (if being done), I do defer however to the better judgment of our Supreme Court justices.To those who passed the bar, our heartfelt congratulations. You deserve it after a grueling 5 years of law school. To those who are not lucky now, do not despair. Just be steadfast and take the test again.. God bless all of us.

    5. It can be expected that SC will still lower the passing percentage from 75. This has been has been the trend and something that many passers have come to appreciate over the years. Most call this leniency or but others call this toss of luck.