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Detours from home: What it’s like to pass the bar exams in a pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:53 AM

It's not your usual grand celebration but it's historic

Supreme Court to do pilot test for computerized Bar exams

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:32 PM

2020 Bar chair Justice Leonen also says the Court must take a hard look at the Bar exams and 'make its practices more reasonable'

BAR EXAMS. 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


[OPINION] Beyond rhetoric: How to improve legal education in the Philippines

May 07, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'What we really need are lawyers who will choose legal education, and not just if free time will allow it'

#PumasaNa: Barkada celebrates victory after passing Bar on 2nd try

May 05, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Six graduates of the Dr Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation in Tacloban City drew strength from one another as they prepared for their second Bar exam

BARKADA. A group of 6 friends share their journey of passing the Bar exam on their 2nd attempt. Photo from Babayne Tan

Before acing 2019 Bar, topnotcher recalls not getting into dream school

May 03, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Despite facing disappointment early in his bid to become a lawyer, Jun Dexter Rojas goes on to become the first Bar topnotcher of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Law

MAKING HISTORY. Jun Dexter Rojas is Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Law's first topnotcher since its inception in 2001. Photo from Jun Dexter Rojas

Ending alma mater’s 32-year drought, Bar topnotcher wants to give back to Baguio

May 02, 2020 - 5:06 PM

'I saw how a lawyer can help a person no other profession can,' says Saint Louis University's Anton Luis Avila

TOP 8. Saint Louis University graduate Anton Luis Avila bags the 8th spot of the 2019 Bar examinations. Photo from Anton Luis Avila

He first took the bar in 1996. Two decades later, he's now 'Atty Popsy'

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Jaime Guerrero believes it would only take one strong push for him to finally pass the bar exams, which he failed several times

LAWYER. At 58, Jaime Guerrero's dream to become a lawyer finally came true after he passed the 2019 Bar Examinations.

'Get back up and march on': 2019 Bar passer shares journey of perseverance

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:51 AM

'Persevere with all your might and make use of whatever luck there is in your stars, until such time that the universe is led to no other choice but to make your will happen,' says Jzev Villanueva

NEVER GIVING UP. Jzev Villanueva, a graduate from University of the Philippines College of Law, shares his journey of taking the Bar exams twice. Photo from Jzev Villanueva

‘Sir K’ trends as netizens congratulate Bar 2019 6th placer

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:29 PM

Twitter users, including thousands who dream of being accountants and lawyers themselves, congratulate Kenneth Manuel

Rappler Talk: Bar exams 2019 Top 1 Mae Diane Azores

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Mae Diane Azores keeps it practical – she wants a country where people are not burdened by unnecessary suits, and where courts are not clogged


Brother and sister pass the 2019 Bar together

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:30 PM

'Only one of us passing was probably never an option for us,' says Jesse Solis of her brother Mijo

BAR EXAMS. Siblings Jesse and Mijo Solis pass the 2019 Bar Exams together. Photo courtesy of Jesse and Mijo Solis

Supreme Court lowered Bar passing grade for more techy lawyers in 'new normal'

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:49 PM

After the grade was lowered to 74, more than 300 made the cut

BAR EXAMS. Examinees with their relatives, schoolmates and friends gather at the Supreme Court on April 26, 2018, as it announces the results of the 2017 Bar Exams. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bar 2019 topnotcher is jeepney driver's daughter with a heart for public service

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:44 PM

(UPDATED) Mae Diane Azores, who lives at the foot of Mount Mayon, always had grand dreams

TOPNOTCHER. UST-Legazpi College of Law graduate Mae Diane Azores tops the 2019 Bar Exam. Photo courtesy of UST Media Alumni Public Affairs

PAO or corporate law for Bar 2019 10th placer Bebelan Madera

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Bebelan Madera of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod City was working in Manila when she was called home by her parents, a move that paved her way to law school

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Bar examination 10th placer Bebelan Madera of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City

Bar 2019: Provincial schools again emerge on top

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi in Albay produces the 2019 Bar examinations' 1st and 3rd placers

TOP 10. Provincial schools emerge at the top of the 2019 Bar Examinations. Photo from Supreme Court


Now a CPA lawyer, Bar 3rd placer wants to stay as auditor for the people

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Bar 3rd placer Myra Baranda says she finds fulfillment in interacting with people, hearing their grievances, and being at the receiving end of their gratitude for help she has given them

TOP 3. University of Santo Tomas Legazpi graduate Myra Baranda is the Top 3 of the 2019 Bar Examinations. Photo courtesy of Supreme Court


2020 Bar exams postponed to 2021

Apr 29, 2020 - 3:32 PM

The 2020 Bar examinations will also be regionalized – they will be held in Manila and Cebu City

2020 BAR. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is the Bar Chair for the 2020 Bar Examinations. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


Surviving cancer and 2019 Bar, new lawyer stays with TokHang clients

Apr 29, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'Wala rin naman silang ibang nalalapitan, we need more lawyers who will handle these cases,' says Margaret Callanta

SURVIVOR.  Ovarian cancer survivor Margaret Callanta passes the 2019 Bar Exams after a one year delay due to chemo. Photo courtesy of Margaret Callanta


FULL LIST: 2019 Bar passers

Apr 29, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Here is the full list of the 2,103 examinees who passed the 2019 Bar

TEARS OF JOY. Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi tops 2019 Bar exams

Apr 29, 2020 - 12:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mae Diane Azores of the University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi tops the bar with 91.049%


2019 Bar passing rate: 27.36%, higher than 2018

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:45 AM

(3rd UPDATE) This year is a peculiar experience for Bar passers as the coronavirus pandemic forced the hopefuls to wait for the results at home

BAR EXAMS. Bar passers get emotional as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of 2018 Bar examinations. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines –

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


[OPINION] About that election question in the bar exams

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

This question – ‘Did X’s proclamation divest the Comelec of its jurisdiction to decide the case and vest the HRET jurisdiction? Explain.’ – is unnecessarily complicated

Fight impunity, 2019 Bar takers told

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:52 PM

In its message to Bar candidates, Malacañang meanwhile says, 'Rise to the challenge'

2019 BAR EXAMS. Thousands of aspiring lawyers take their first Bar Exam at the University of Santo Tomas on November 3, 2019. Photos by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Manila police all set for first Sunday of 2019 Bar Exams

Nov 02, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Around 600 cops will secure the University of Santo Tomas (UST) where 8,245 law graduates will take the Bar Exams for 4 Sundays of November

BAR EXAMS. The scene of the first sunday of the 2018 Bar Examinations on November 4, 2018, at the University of Santo Tomas campus in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Justice Leonen to pitch 'fail or pass only' for bar exams

Jul 31, 2019 - 5:38 PM

2019 Bar Chairman Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe says this year's bar syllabus is 'markedly different' from the past

BAR EXAMS. 2020 Bar Chairman Associate Justice Marvic Leonen at the gate of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) when the 2018 Bar Examinations opened on November 4, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ateneo de Manila has highest passing rate in 2018 Bar Exams

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:17 PM

University of the Philippines has the 2nd highest rate, and Cebu’s University of San Carlos has the 3rd highest rate

NEW LAWYERS. Around 1,800 bar exam passers take an oath during their oath-taking ceremony held at PICC in Pasay on June 13, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Bar 2018 topnotcher Sean James Borja

May 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Tune in at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 6, as Rappler sits down with Sean James Borja to discuss the rule of law, legal education reforms, and the topic closest to his heart – LGBT rights

Couple shares success of passing Bar exam together

May 06, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Michael Calzado and Charmaine Lynn Tan share the same goal of passing all their subjects, being able to graduate from law school, and passing the Bar exams

Photo by Rob Flores

'Para sa pangarap': Doctor achieves dream of becoming a lawyer

May 05, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Doctor Jean Joan Polido, one of the passers of the 2018 Bar Exams, shares how she decided to pursue her childhood dream

FROM MD TO ATTY. Dr. Jean Joan Polido shares a photo of her after passing the 2018 bar exams. Photos from Jean Joan Polido

'A dream come true': 2018 Bar passers celebrate success

May 03, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Bar passers and their families share heartfelt moments after the results of the 2018 Bar Examinations are announced

GRATITUDE. The proud mother of Nadine Patriziah Agustin rejoices when she sees her daughter pass the 2018 Bar Examinations on May 3. Photo by Isabel Lupac/Rappler

Bar 2018: La Salle Manila gets first topnotcher as USC continues feat

May 03, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Ateneo de Manila University School of Law returns to the top after 6 years, while the University of the Philippines College of Law returns to the top 10 after two years

Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cebu Bar topnotchers: PH needs lawyers ‘really fighting for the rule of law’

May 03, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Marcley Augustus Natu-el, Mark Lawrence Badayos, Jebb Lynus Cane, Alan Joel Pita of the University of San Carlos place 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th in the 2018 Bar exams

Malacañang to 2018 Bar exam passers: Integrity highest virtue in law profession

May 03, 2019 - 5:53 PM

'We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers consider pursuing a career in the government,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, who also tells the incoming batch of lawyers not to be biased when faced with questions of law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 19, 2019. Joining the President is MinDA Chair Datu Abul Khayr Alonto and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

From Philippine team member to her clan's first lawyer

May 03, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'Yung effort ng anak ko, talagang it paid off,' says Emma Dublin, the proud mother of national team member now also a lawyer Maria Rodielita A. Dublin

SUCCESS. Athlete turned lawyer Maria Rodielita Dublin passes the 2018 Bar Examinations and becomes the first lawyer in her clan on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo from Maria Rodielita Dublin

2018 Bar topnotcher wants to be 'voice for people who need a voice'

May 03, 2019 - 3:59 PM

2018 Bar topnotcher Sean James Borja says what drew him to the law profession is 'being able to provide a voice to those who don't necessarily have it'

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja gives his address at the graduation of Ateneo Law School Class of 2018, as class valedictorian, on July 15, 2018. Photo from the Ateneo de Manila University website

Bb Pilipinas hopeful Bea Patricia Magtanong among bar exam passers

May 03, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The beauty queen is among the 1,800 successful bar examinees

LAWYER. Bb Pilipinas candidate Bea Patricia Magtanong passes the 2018 bar examinations. Photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

De Lima’s son passes Bar Exams 2018

May 03, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) When Vincent Joshua Bohol graduated from San Beda College Alabang in June 2018, the court did not allow his senator mother to attend the ceremony

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima’s son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

FULL LIST: Bar Exams 2018 passers

May 03, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Here's the complete list of the 1,800 successful examinees

TEARS OF JOY. Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University tops 2018 Bar Exams

May 03, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) Sean James Borja tops the exams with a score of 89.306%. The other top 10 passers are from the University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University-Manila.

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University is the 2018 Bar Exams topnotcher. Photo from the Facebook page of Sean James Borja

Bar Exam results 2018: 22.07% passing rate

May 03, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The passing rate for Bar Examinations 2018 is lower than that of the previous year, when 25.55% passed

RESULTS ARE OUT. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo announces the results of the 2018 Bar Exams in front of the SC building on May 3, 2019 Photo from SC PIO

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 | Deep Dive] What's the big deal about the bar exams?

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The bar exams – whose results are much-awaited and covered by the media – are, at best, simply a measure of a particular year’s test takers, nothing more

IN PHOTOS: Aspiring lawyers take the 2018 Bar exams

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:49 AM

'This is the highest number of Bar candidates in recent years,' says the Supreme Court, as 8,701 candidates registered to take the exams

Over 8,000 candidates take the 2018 Bar Exams

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:02 AM

(UPDATED) The number of Bar candidates registered for 2018 is the highest in recent years

BAR EXAMS. Aspiring lawyers troop to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on November 4, 2018, for the first day of the Bar exams. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

[OPINION] My 3-year Philippine Bar exam journey

May 01, 2018 - 9:26 AM

To you who haven’t made it yet, don’t give up. Seek and welcome help. There is no harm in acknowledging that you don’t know everything about the law, about life.

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 23-29, 2018

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

ALMOST EMPTY. The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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.

[OPINION] Gears shifted: From nurse to lawyer

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The shifting of gears was not always well-oiled. It had its fair share of creaks and clunks.