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New lawyers of coronavirus era: 2019 Bar results out online April 29

Apr 23, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The list will not be displayed at the Supreme Court premises. Bar takers should wait for the online release at home.

BAR 2019. Aspiring lawyers are greeted by supporters as they take the last day of the 2019 Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 24. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bar exams 2018 results out on May 3

May 01, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The number of Bar candidates who registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR 2018. The results of the 2018 Bar Examinations will be released on May 3. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court

Bar topnotchers and their passions: Poverty, health, political dynasties

May 01, 2018 - 11:52 AM

We asked the new lawyers what they think is the biggest threat to the legal profession. They all seem to agree the threat is coming from within their ranks.

CLOCKWISE: Top 3 Camille Remoroza from Ateneo de Davao, Top 6 Lorenzo Luigi Gayya from UST, Top 18 Aecaya Christine Calero from UST and Top 9 Klinton Torralba from UST

New York lawyer passes PH Bar: She’s coming home soon

Apr 28, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Neneth Aporo, daughter of a retired policeman from Tondo, makes it as a lawyer in the Big Apple. She dreams of being a public attorney in the Philippines.

Photo congratulating 2017 Bar topnotcher ready days before results, says USLS prof

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:53 PM

What made former USLS College of Law dean Ralph Sarmiento believe Mark John Simondo would someday top the Bar? The student's brilliant answer to a 'very complicated problem about the relationship of the bill of rights and the powers of the state'

2017 Bar exam topnotcher wants to be a lawyer for the poor

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Mark John Simondo of the University of St La Salle says a lawyer does not have to join government to be able to serve the public

LA SALLE'S PRIDE. Bar examination 2017 topnotcher Mark John Simondo (right) holds a press conference in Bacolod City on Thursday night, April 26, 2018, hours after the Bar exam results are announced. He is with (from left) former University of Saint La Salle College of Law dean Ralph Sarmiento, USLS president Brother Kenneth Martinez, and USLS College of Law dean Rosanne Juliana Gonzaga. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

WATCH: 'Anak, pasado ka!' and other victorious 2017 Bar moments

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children

BAR VICTORY. Editha Billones calls her daughter Zandalee to inform her she has passed the 2017 Bar Examinations. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2017 Bar: Redemption for UST, sorrow for hazing victim Castillo's mom

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

It is bittersweet redemption for a law school rocked by a high-profile hazing scandal

Security personnel check entering examinees during the first day of the Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A total of 6,924 law graduates applied for the 115th Bar exams which will be held on four consecutive Sundays of the month starting November 6. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Try and try': Bar 2017 takers say failure is not the end

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:19 PM

This was the 4th time both Leslie Llagas and Katherine Macaroy took the Bar. Despite failing several times, their dream to be a licensed lawyer has never faded.

Bar exam 2017 topnotcher is also a registered nurse

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Before becoming the 2017 Bar exams topnotcher, Mark John Simondo of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod was also the law school's valedictorian and, before that, a magna cum laude graduate of nursing

IN PHOTOS: 2017 Bar exam results announcement

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The Supreme Court grounds burst into squeals and cheers as Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin announces the results of the Bar exam

Hopefuls react as the results of the 2017 Bar Examinations is announced at the Supreme ourt on April 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FULL LIST: Bar Exam 2017 passers

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

A total of 1,724 examinees pass the 2017 Bar Examinations

Photo by Bong Santisteban

Mark Simondo of University of St La Salle Bacolod tops 2017 Bar Exams

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 Bar Exam topnotcher is Mark Simondo of the University of St La Salle Bacolod with a grade of 91.05%

Photo from @SCPh_PIO

Bar Exam results 2017: 25.55% passing rate

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The passing grade this year is 75% for the total 6,748 law graduates who took the Bar in November 2017. Less than 2,000 make it.

Photo by Leanne Jazul

Bar Exam 2017 results out on April 26

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:41 PM

A total of 7,227 law graduates took the Bar Examinations in November 2017

Well-wishers greet aspiring lawyers on the last day of the Bar Examinations on November 26, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

2017 Bar questions copied from past exams?

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Legal Education Board (LEB) Chairman Emerson Aquende, however, says 'there is nothing wrong with repeating test questions'

Over 7,200 candidates set to take 2017 Bar exams

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:01 AM

The chair of the 2017 Bar examinations is Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin

LAWYER HOPEFULS. Examinees enter the University of Santo Tomas during the first day of the 2016 Bar examinations on November 6, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: New lawyers take oath of 'courage and integrity'

May 22, 2017 - 8:07 PM

Almost 4 000 new lawyers told to arm yourselves well with idealism tempered by wisdom; passion strengthened by persistence; knowledge of the law honed by dedicated hard work

2016 Bar passers take oath before justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on May 22, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

More 'reasonable' Bar exams resulted in high passing rate

May 04, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Bar chairman was very consistent in his statement that he wanted to ensure that there will be a high passing mark says Dean Sol Mawis head of the law schools association

BAR 2016. Exam takers celebrate as the Supreme Court announces the results of the 2016 Bar examinations at the SC grounds in Manila on May 3, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Law schools of the 2016 Bar topnotchers

May 03, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The top 10 passers for the 2016 Bar exams come from schools outside Metro Manila led by the University of San Carlos in Cebu City

Bar topnotcher Karen Mae Calam hopes to inspire others to dream big

May 03, 2017 - 2:36 PM

The 2016 Bar topnotcher from Kalilangan Bukidnon says her feat is beyond beyond beyond what she prayed for

DREAM BIG. Bar topnotcher Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in an interview in Cebu City after the Supreme Court announced the Bar exam results on May 3, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

University of San Carlos grad tops 2016 Bar Exams

May 03, 2017 - 11:20 AM

3rd UPDATE The 2016 Bar Exams register a passing rate of 59 06 the highest in decades

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in Cebu has topped the 2016 Bar examinations. Photo from SC PIO

Highest in decades: Over 59% pass 2016 bar examinations

May 03, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The highest percentage of exam passers ever recorded was in 1954 with 75 17 while the lowest was in 1999 with 16 59

BAR EXAMS. Thousands of Bar examinees troop to UST on the first day of exams. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CJ to law schools: Help those who fail the Bar

Aug 27, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Do not tell me that we are not accountable for the lives of these people Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells law schools

CHIEF MAGISTRATE. This photo taken on August 25, 2016, shows Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno listening to a question during a press conference in Manila. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 2015 Bar exam results

May 03, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Passers welcome the official announcement with squeals of joy Those who don t make the cut leave the scene quietly some of them in tears

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

UP Law graduate is 2015 Bar topnotcher

May 03, 2016 - 12:58 PM

3rd UPDATE Four out of the top 10 passers come from UP

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Rachel Angeli Miranda is the 2015 Bar topnotcher. Photo from the Supreme Court

CA allows filing of charges vs frat member in 'Salubong' blast

Aug 07, 2015 - 12:34 AM

In 2011 the justice department found probable cause to file criminal charges against Anthony Nepomuceno for multiple frustrated murder multiple attempted murder and illegal possession of explosives

'Salubong' blast victim passes 2014 Bar exams

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:54 PM

God took my leg not my dream says 2014 Bar exams passer Joanna Katrina Ledda who lost her left leg in the blast that marred the 2010 Bar exams

Photo from Jokat Ledda's Facebook account

2014 Bar exams No. 2 wants to 'influence the influencers'

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Christian Drilon valedictorian of Ateneo Law School Class 2014 wants to teach law

San Beda College graduate tops 2014 Bar exams

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:50 AM

UPDATED 1 126 out of 5 984 examinees pass one of the hardest licensure exams in the Philippines listed here in full

Results of 2014 Bar exams out March 26

Mar 24, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED About 5 994 examinees await the results of the 2014 Bar exams

NEW FORMAT. The SC increased the essay portion of the 2013 bar exams.

2015 bar exams moved to November

Jan 27, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The High Court s decision takes into account the effect of the academic calendar shift on the review period of law graduates

In Photos: First day of the Bar

Oct 05, 2014 - 6:35 PM

They came from all over the country – from 22 to 62 years old 6 344 hopefulls will spend the next four Sundays of October at the University of Santo Tomas for the 2014 Bar Examinations

Getting ready to take the bar exam

Sep 15, 2014 - 12:05 PM

On October 5 and the next 3 Sundays most bar reviewees will be bar takers Enthusiasm is high even if only a small fraction of bar takers will next year be rejoicing as bar passers

On topping the bar and 'making INC proud'

Jul 26, 2014 - 9:58 PM

I ve always wanted to do something that can make INC proud If there s an opportunity to tell anyone – the world – that I m part of this church then I would

Faith in action: The practices of Iglesia ni Cristo

Jul 24, 2014 - 6:07 PM

Whereas non members of Iglesia ni Cristo are intrigued by the church s practices believers say they are not as secretive as people perceive them to be

No. 2 bar passer: True grit is key to success

Mar 19, 2014 - 11:51 AM

2013 No 2 bar passer Mark Xavier Oyales says money is not an obstacle to attaining one s dream

Mark Xavier Oyales, 2013 No 2 bar passer

Bar passers Habeas Corpuz, Nat King Coles both instructors

Mar 19, 2014 - 12:02 AM

Social media is abuzz with their unique names It turns out Habeas Corpuz 35 and Nat King Coles 34 are both political science teachers in the Visayas

UP tops the 2013 bar examinations

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:12 PM

A total of 1 174 aspiring lawyers pass the exams They comprise 22 18 of examinees

125 of 267 pass 2014 Special Bar Exams for Shari-ah Courts

Feb 24, 2014 - 5:23 PM

125 out of 267 examinees passed the 2014 Special Bar Examinations for the Shari’ah Courts

MMDA implements new traffic scheme for Bar exams

Oct 13, 2013 - 10:16 AM

MMDA will close to traffic the westbound of España Street from Lacson Street to P Noval Street to traffic from 8am onwards

ROAD CLOSED. MMDA closes to traffic to traffic the westbound of España Street from Lacson Street to P. Noval Street on the remaining Sundays of the month.. File photo of the UST Main Building by Ramon FVelasquez/Wikimedia

Bar exams traffic, transport advisory

Oct 02, 2013 - 3:30 PM

SC releases guidelines on vehicular pedestrian traffic within UST for the Bar examinations as well as transport plans in case of flooding heavy rain