Sunday, March 29, 2020

2019 Bar Exam Results – Complete List of Passers

MANILA, Philippines (2019 BAR EXAM RESULT, Updated March 29) – The Supreme Court (SC) is expected to announce on April-May 2020, the results of the November 2019 Bar Exams. The Philippine Lawyers' licensure exam results include the list of passers, topnotchers (top 10 examinees) and other relevant announcements.

A total of 8,245 candidates were admitted and expected to take the 2019 Bar exams. After the first Sunday on November 3, the number of candidates who took the test was only 7,699 while on the second Sunday, November 10, it went down again to 7,691.

Update March 19, 2020: Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe released an advisory through SC's official Twitter account saying they haven't made an official announcement yet on the date of release of 2019 Bar Exam Results. To quote,

Contrary to what has been recently reported in the newspaper, the Court has not yet made any official announcement regarding the date of release of the 2019 Bar exam results. The public is requested to await official announcements from the Court. Rest assured, the results will be released at the most appropriate time.
The Bar exams 2019 were administered by SC headed by Hon. Estela A. Perlas Bernabe, Associate Justice and Chairperson and Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa,  Deputy Clerk and Bar Confidant on four consecutive Sundays of the November 2019 (3, 10, 17 & 24) at University of Santo Tomas (UST), España, Manila.

*Links to results in alphabetical order will be activated days before the expected release.

The 2019 bar exams were given in the course of one (1) month and are the only professional licensure examinations which require the examinees to answer full essay type questions.


List of Successful Examinees in the 2019 Bar Exams
Held on NOVEMBER 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2019
Released on APRIL - MAY 2020
[Stand by here for updates...]


The chairs of 2019 Bar exam, Associate Justice Bernabe and 2020 Bar exams, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, assured a very reasonable examination.

In a statement of Chairperson Bernabe during the Legal Education Summit,
The usual wide scope of the Bar examinations allowed too much unpredictability that tended to throw the examinees off balance.
I have earlier intimated, the bar exams should not be made intentionally difficult for extraneous reasons. Institutional measures should be set to ensure that the Bar remains true to its purpose as the licensure exam for the legal profession. It should be a fair test of the candidate’s aptitude and readiness for actual legal practice.
Chairperson Leonen added, to quote,
It will be very reasonable. Any intelligent, coherent justice will want the Bar to simply be a qualifying exam. It is not an exam to find out the most brilliant of lawyers. It is only an exam to add into our ranks those lawyers that deserve to practice.

As referred to previous years lawyers' licensure exams, Bar exam 2019 results are expected to be released by Supreme Court in more or less five months (April - May 2020) after the exams.

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 long wait for bar exam results 2019 is due to manual checking performed by the Office of Confidant.

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.


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%.


The four (4) days bar exams covered the following topics:
  • Political Law including the preliminary provisions and basic concepts, legislative department, executive department, judicial department, constitutional commissions, bill of rights, citizenship, law on public officers, administrative law, election law, local governments, national economy and patrimony, social justice and human rights, education, science, technology, arts, culture and sports, the family, amendments or revisions of the constitution and public international law.
  • Labor Law including general provisions, pre-employment, labor standards, social welfare legislation, labor relations, post employment, management prerogative and jurisdiction and reliefs.
  • Civil Law including the general principles, person & family relations, property, succession, obligations and contracts, sales, lease, partnership, agency, credit transactions, land titles and deeds and torts and damages.
  • Taxation Law comprising of the general principles, national taxation, local taxation and judicial remedies.
  • Mercantile Law comprising the letters of credit and trust receipts, negotiable instruments law, insurance, transportation, corporation law, securities regulation code, banking, intellectual property code, anti-money laundering act, electronic commerce act, data privacy act and financial rehabilitation, insolvency, liquidation and suspension of payments.
  • Criminal Law including the revised penal code - book 1 and 2, special laws including anti-arson law, anti-fencing law, anti-graft and corrupt practices act, anti-hazing act of 2018, anti-hijacking law, anti-photo and video voyeurism act of 2009, anti-plunder act, bouncing checks law, cyber-crime prevention act of 2012, among others.
  • Remedial Law including the general principles, jurisdiction, civil procedure, provisional remedies, special civil actions, special proceedings, criminal procedure, evidence, write of "AMPARO", writ of "HABEAS DATA", and rules of procedure on environmental cases.
  • Legal and Judicial Ethics and Practical Exercises 

In the notice that the court en banc issued through a resolution dated January 15, 2019, a two-examiner policy shall be implemented to 2019 bar exam. The same policy was already implemented in 2009 bar examinations under Associate Justice Antonio B. Nachura and in 2010 under Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales.

The re-adoption of the policy aims to promote operational efficiency in light of the notable increase in the number of admitted candidates in recent years.

In the implementation of the two-examiner-policy, every bar subject will be divided into two (2) parts. Each examiner shall be assigned specific scope from which to formulate his/her questions. During the exams, each Bar examinee shall be given one questionnaire (containing parts 1 & 2) and conjoined booklets, where answers corresponding to each part of the questionnaire shall be written. Each booklet shall contain a card wherein the grades or rating received by the Bar examinee for each part shall be indicated.

After exams, part 1 booklets will be released to the first examiner simultaneous with the release of part 2 booklets to the second examiner for checking. This will expedite the checking as well as ensure the quality of assessment.


Weeks before the release, the Supreme Court's reliable sources are expected to update the public on the possible release date of 2019 bar exam results, list of passers, topnotchers and relevant announcements.

Just like previous bar exams, will update in real-time the results of 2019 bar. Just stand by at this page or at our social media accounts.


In the most recent Bar exams conducted 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 Manula 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 2018.

YearNo. of ExamineesNo. of PassersPassing Rate
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%


Meanwhile, SC spokesperson Brian Keith F. Hosaka said that they are hoping for higher passing rate this year. To quote from his statement prior to exams,
They (justices) are all hoping that many will be able to pass the bar exams because we need more lawyers in the country

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).

2019 Bar exams is the 118th 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 2018, 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.

To receive up-to-date news about November 2019 Bar Exam results, we advise our visitors to bookmark this page, visit SC official website or follow us at our social media pages via Facebook and Twitter.

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