Posted by: Elmer Brabante | March 25, 2010

2009 Bar Exams Results Out Tomorrow, March 26th


The results of the 2009 Bar examinations will be released by the Supreme Court En  Banc Friday, March 26. The SC Justices will meet in the morning of that day to deliberate on the passing percentage.

Justice Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura, Chairperson of the 2009 Committee on Bar Examinations, said the list of the names will be displayed in LCD projectors to be strategically displayed at the Supreme Court front yard near its Padre Faura entrance. The results can be viewed simultaneously at the High Court’s official website,

Figures from the Office of the Bar Confidant headed by Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa showed a total of 5,903 law graduates from 109 law schools nationwide finished the exams held on September 6, 13, and 20, and October 4, 2009 at the De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila. The Bar exams are traditionally held in four consecutive Sundays of September but the High Court had to reset to October 4, 2009 the last exam week due to the widespread flooding brought about by Typhoon Ondoy.

The names of the 2009 Bar examiners will also be revealed this Friday. The 2009 Bar exams marked the first time that not one but two examiners were designated as examiners in each of the eight Bar examination subjects. Thus, every Bar subject would be divided into two parts, with each designated examiner assigned a specific scope.

In February last year, the SC, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters, approved the proposal of Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa to designate two examiners per Bar subject.

This year’s examiners were lawyers Sixto S. Brillantes, Jr. and Jeremy I. Gatdula (Political and International Law); Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Vicente S.E. Veloso and lawyer Pablo R. Cruz (Labor and Social Legislation); Justice Alicia V. Sempio-Diy (retired) and Court Administrator Zenaida N. Elepaño (retired) (Civil Law); Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) Presiding Justice Ernesto D. Acosta and lawyer Edwin R. Abella (Taxation); CA Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando and lawyer Hector Danny D. Uy (Mercantile Law); Sandiganbayan Justice Edilberto G. Sandoval and CA Justice Mario V. Lopez (Criminal Law); Sandiganbayan Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo and CA Justice Magdangal M. De Leon (Remedial Law); and Sandiganbayan Justice Samuel R. Martires and CA Justice Noel G. Tijam (Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises).

The Rules of Court provide that “a candidate may be deemed to have passed his examination successfully if he has obtained a general average of 75% in all subjects without falling below 50% in any subject.” In determining the average, subjects in the examinations are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15%; Labor and Social Legislation, 10%; Civil Law, 15%; Taxation, 10%; Mercantile Law, 15%; Criminal Law, 10%; Remedial Law, 20%; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5%, for a total of 100%.

The first Bar exams were held in 1901, with 13 examinees.

The following are the statistics on the Bar exams results for the past nine years:

Year Total Number
of Examinees
Total Number
of Those
Who Passed
2008 6,364 1,310 20.58%
2007 5,626 1,289 22.91%
2006 6,187 1,893 30.60%
2005 5,607 1,526 27.22%
2004 5,249 1,659 31.61%
2003 5,349 1,108 20.71%
2002 4,659 917 19.68%
2001 3,849 1,266 32.89%
2000 4,698 979 20.84%

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