FAST FACTS: 2013 Bar examinees

Reynaldo Santos Jr
Here are some facts on the examinees of the 2013 Bar examinations

MANILA, Philippines – The highly-anticipated Bar examination for aspiring lawyers culminates today, October 27.

A total of 5,593 applicants were expected to take the Bar exams this year, which took place at the University of Santo Tomas in all Sundays of the month.

This year’s examination is the 112th exam since it was first conducted in 1901.

(READ: FAST FACTS: Philippine Bar exams)

Not all of them, however, made it through the entire course of the examination. Some opted to drop out, while one was disqualified.

Other interesting cases were also noted during the 4-day exams.

Here’s a report from the Department of Justice regarding this year’s examinees.


total number of applicants for the 2013 Bar Exams


number of applicants who were admitted to take the Bar exams (4 were denied, and 44 have been withdrawn)


examinees who appeared at Day 1 of the exams (October 6: Political and Public International Law in the morning, Labor and Social Legislation in the afternoon). 290 examinees did not show up that day.


or 2,688 out of the 5,303 examinees are new candidates


or 2,615 out of the 5,303 examinees are repeaters


examinees who appeared at Day 2 of the exams (October 13: Civil Law exam in the morning, Taxation exam in the afternoon). 5 examinees dropped out.


examinees who appeared at Day 3 of the exams (October 20). 3 candidates dropped out in Mercantile Law in the morning, and 1 in Criminal Law in the afternoon.

Top 5 schools with the most number of examinees admitted
Arellano University 229 examinees admitted (4.32%)
Ateneo de Manila University 217 examinees (4.09%)
University of the Philippines 200 candidates (3.77%)
San Sebastian College 168 candidates (3.17%)
San Beda College-Manila 159 candidates (3%)

Cases noted by DOJ this year:

  • One of the oldest examinees is a 77-year old law graduate, who took his first bar exam in 1960 and had a second attempt in 1961.  
  • An examinee was disqualified on Day 1 after she failed to surrender her cellphone to the Supreme Court Security. The Bar Guidelines prohibit bringing electronic gadgets and communication devices inside the examination premises.
  • One examinee coughed blood while taking the Criminal Law exam on Day 3. He was immediately brought to the UST Hospital and did not continue with the examination.
  • Two candidates who were pregnant were allowed to take their exams in the makeshift clinics. One of them gave birth a few days before Day 3.


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