RESULTS: November 2017 Philippine Bar Exam List of Passers

Manila, Philippines (RELEASED) – The results and list of passers of November 2017 Philippine Bar Exam including the top ten (10) lawyers and related announcements are available at this website as the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC) officially released the results on April 26, 2018 (Thursday).


UPDATE: As announced, 1,724 out of 6,750 (25.55%) examinees passed the 2017 Bar Examinations.

As per list of official examinees, a total of seven thousand two hundred twenty seven (7,227) took the exams on all Sundays of November 2017 at University of Santo Tomas (UST).

The number of examinees for 2017 is higher than the previous exams held in the last three (3) years. 6,831 examinees in the year 2016, 7,146 on 2015 and 6,344 on 2014.

The 2017 Bar Exams are administered by the Supreme Court (SC) headed by the Bar Chairman, Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., Associate Justice and Office of the Bar Confidant headed by Deputy Clerk and Bar Confidant Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa on November 5, 12, 19 and 26 at University of Santo Tomas (UST).

As per SC, the bar exams are given in the course of one month, spread over four (4) Sundays and are the only professional licensure examinations which require the examinees to answer open-ended questions in long hand.

“These questions, formulated by the bar examiners for each subject and selected personally by the bar committee Chair on the day of each examination, are formulated to test analytical ability, facility in expression in terms of written argument, comprehension of basic principles of law, and grasp of jurisprudence.”

“Due to the scope and difficulty, the bar examinations are regarded as the most prestigious professional licensure exam in the country. Bar exam is the only licensure examination not administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).”

The 2017 Bar Examinations are the 116th professional licensure exams held by the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

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


Update as of April 26, 2018: SC through a Twitter post said that the results will be announced today, April 26, after a special en banc session. As quoted,

#BAR2017 results will be released today after a special en Banc session. AJ Lucas P. Bersamin will officially announce the results after the session. List of successful examinees will be uploaded to the SC website and flashed on a monitor at the SC quadrangle.

Update as of April 12, 2018: Supreme Court through a Twitter post announced that the results will be out on April 26, 2018 (Thursday). As quoted,

ADVISORY: #BAR2017 Results will be released on April 26, 2018 (Thursday) in Manila after a special En Banc session to deliberate on the results. Names will be flashed on screen at the SC quad and also posted to the SC website, after official announcement by J. Bersamin.

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

As referred to previous years’ Bar exams, results are expected to be released by SC’s Office of the Bar Confidant normally by the end of March up to May of the succeeding year.

Examinations for each year must be considered different from the previous Bar exams. As quoted from the statement of Atty. Theodore O. Te (Assistant Court Administrator and Chief of the Public Information Office in the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the examiner of Labor Laws and Social Legislation) during last year’s exams,

Each bar examination must be considered unique in itself when we look at the comparative statistics across the years. Unlike other licensure examinations which employ a standard set of questions and the same set of examiners across a period of time, the bar examinations for each year is practically a new exam because the composition of the Committee differs from the Chair, who has absolute and sole discretion to choose the questions to be asked, to the eight examiners, who are the ones who correct the notebooks. So, when we look at a lower or higher percentage of passing for each year, it may be difficult to compare the two examinations as the questions are not the same, neither is the emphasis given by the Chair to particular topics; the appreciation of the answers, the point spread for each number during the checking by the examiners for each year will also differ.


Bar exams are held once a year under the supervision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. SC also designates the incumbent Justice to chair a committee of eight (8) examiners for each subject. The Bar Exams covered the following topics:

  • Political Law and Public International Law; 
  • Labor and Social Legislation; 
  • Civil Law; 
  • Taxation; 
  • Mercantile Law; 
  • Criminal Law; 
  • Remedial Law; and 
  • Legal and Judicial Ethics


On the same exams conducted on November 2016, 3,747 out of 6,344 aspiring lawyers passed or an overall passing rate of 59.06%, which according to SC is the highest in the last sixteen (16) years.

Karen Mae L. Calam ranked first in the exams garnering 89.05% rating followed by Alanna Gayle Ashley B. Khilo from Silliman University having 88.95% and sharing the third spot are Fiona Cristy D. Lao from University of San Carlos (USC) and Athalia B. Liong from Andres Bonifacio College having 88.80%.

During November 2015 Bar exams, 1,731 out of the 6,605 examinees successfully passed or an overall passing rate of 26.21%. Rachel Angeli B. Miranda from University of the Philippines (UP) topped the exams garnering 87.40% rating. She was followed by Athena C. Plaza from University of San Carlos having 87.25%, Jayson C. Aguilar also from UP having 86.75%, Reginald M. Arceo and Mandy Therese Anderson from Ateneo de Manila University having 86.70% and 86.15% respective rating.

On exams conducted in the year 2014, 1,126 out of 5,984 (18.82%) examinees passed while 1,174 out of 5,292 (22.18%) in 2013.

Bar exams for the year 2015 (26.21%) has a higher overall passing rate as compared to the three previous years (2012-2014).


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