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Syllabus for 2023 Bar Exams

Syllabus for the 2023 Philippine Bar Exams. Official Syllabus will be released by the Supreme Court.

NOTE: All Bar candidates should be guided that only laws, rules, issuances, and jurisprudence pertinent to the topics in this syllabus as of June 30, 2022 are examinable materials within the coverage of the 2023 Bar Examinations.

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156 examinees pass 2022 Shari’ah Bar Examinations

One hundred and fifty-six out of 532 examinees (29.66%) passed the 2022 Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations held last March 20 and 22 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, the Supreme Court, through the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC), announced on July 26, 2022.

2022 Shari’ah Bar Examinations

According to 2022 Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations Chairperson Macrina A. Morados, Dean of the University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies, the Supreme Court En Banc approved the Shari’ah Bar Committee’s petition to lower the passing percentage to 70%, taking into consideration the challenges and circumstances encountered by the examinees under extra-ordinary condition brought about by the pandemic.

The high court said among the ten passers in the 17th Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations are the following:

  1. Ambung, Maniri, Cayasalam C. (85.6250%)
  2. Curo, Norhasima S. (85.5250%)
  3. Laguindab, Aina L. (84.9000%)
  4. Mortaba, Nur-aima B. (83.9000%)
  5. Lantud, Norajannah D. (83.4500%)
  6. Barambangan, Hasmin M. (83.2750%)
  7. Ameril, Shaibani S. (83.0750%)
  8. Tawano, Abdul Raheem R. (82.9750%)
  9. Domadalug-Abdullah, Moumina Sheryne L. (82.4000%)
  10. Alioden, Mohammad Muzahim A. (82.1750%)

Dean Morados disclosed that the members of the Board of Examiners for the 2022 Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations are the following: Atty. Sha Elijah B. Dumama-Alba (Persons, Family Relations and Property), Counselor Sheikh Luqman Bin Usman Imam (Jurisprudence [Fiqh] and Customary Laws [Adat]), Atty. Mehol K. Sadain (Procedure in Shari’ah Courts), and Dean Abdulcader Ayo (Succession, Wills/Adjudication and Settlement of Estates).

Dean Morados expressed her gratitude to the Supreme Court for its trust and confidence on her and the Board of Examiners in the successful conduct of the latest Shari’ah Bar Exams.

She also thanked Supreme Court Justice Japar B. Dimaampao “for his unwavering support and guidance all throughout the conduct of the examinations.” Justice Dimaampao served as the Chairperson of the 2020 Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations when he was still an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals.

Dean Morados likewise expressed gratitude to OBC Officer-in-Charge and Assistant Bar Confidant Atty. Amor P. Entila, to the OBC-Shari’ah Bar Task force, as well as to UP Chancellor Dr. Fidel Nemenzo for allowing the conduct of the Shari’ah Bar at the UP Diliman Testing Center free of charge and with the support of the deans of the various UP Colleges. The 17th Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations were simultaneously held at the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, and the School of Economics of UP Diliman. The examinations were previously conducted at the Court of Appeals in Manila.

Following is the list of examinees who passed the 2022 Shari’ah Bar Examinations.

1. ABAS, Princess Fahanna Azzisah G.

2. ABDUL, Junada D.

3. ABDULIAH, Asliah T.

4. ABDULLAR, Asmin P.

5. ABDULLAH, Einel Amarah M.

6. ABDULLAR, Jehan D.

7. ABDULLAR, Mohammad Yasin D

8. ABDULMALIK, Rofaidah. D.

9. ABDULRAHMAN, Rasad A.

10. ABINAL, Hafsa M.

11. ABUBACAR, Isnihaya I.

12. AGUAM, Sittie Aisah M.

13. ARAMAD, Putchoy S.

14. ALAMA-SALIWATO, Rosemia R.

15. ALAWI, Sahani A.

16. ALI, Abdul Hamid D.

17. ALI, Majeeda B.

18. ALI, Rohina P.

19. ALIBASIR, Najerah M.

20. ALIODEN, Mohammad Muzahim A.

21. ALO, Amania Janeena B.

22. ALONTO, Sonora M.

23. AMBUNG-MANIRI, Cayasalam C

24. AMERIL, Jasima M.

25. AMERIL, Shaibani S.

26. AMEROL, Anida B.

27. ANDIG, Mohammad Aladdin B.

28. ANGIN, Akimah H.

29. ANTAS, Mayrah D.

30. ARIMAO, Nashiba P.

31. ASHARY, Alaysa B.

32. ATI, Abdul Mahid M.

33. AYUNAN, Anisa Kim G.

34. BANGCOLA, Ashyanna Alexine Adia Amira-labi A.

35. BANSUAN, Jibril Ressan U,

36. BARAMBANGAN, Hasmin M.

37. BARAOCOR, Faridah C.

38. BATALO, Ryan M.

39. BATUGAN, Rasliah D.

10. BENASING, Sowaib M.

41. BENITO, Ashleya Princess B.

42. BENITO, Fatimah Khadejah M.

43. BENITO, Hanipa A.

44. BILANGATAO, Farhana P.

45. BISTON, Norodsan A.

46. BOTAWAN, Alaisah B.

47. CALACA, Shaliha Andierah R.

48. CAMAMA, Mohammad Emeer M.

49. CAMIM, Hamimah A,

50. CARIM, Rahma S.

51. CURO, Norhasima S

52. DALIDIG, Jaliah D.

53. DAYAAN, Norodin I.

54. DIMA-AMPAO, Aisah S

55. DIMAALI, Hainie A.

56. DIMAAMPAO, Jacharah M.

57. DIMALUTANG, Ameroden M.

58. DIMAPORO, Janifa M.

59. DIPANGAMPONG, Cairoden T.

60. DIRAMPATAN-SARIP, Shahani M.

61. DOMADALUG-ABDULLAk, Moumina Sheryne L.

62. GOPUNTAO, Haydami I

63. GUERRERO, Lorna A.

64. GURO, Sittie Hasmin G.

65. H. AMRANIE, Negrizah B.

66. HADJI, Ismael Johaira H.

67. HADJI SALIH, Zahiya B.

68. HADJI RASUL, Namerah B.

69. HADJI SATAR, Rawiah M.

70. HAJIRON, Fatima Nneka N.

71. HALID, Haimah A.

72. HASAN, Abdullah U,

73. HASSAN, Radiya I.

74. HASSAN-TAHIL, Normalynne J.

75. IBRAHIM, Isa L.

76. IBRAHIM, Naguie G.

77. IBRAHIM, Rasmodden M.

78. ISMAEL, Angcabae B.

79. JAUDDIN, Maryam Amina T.

80. KADU, Nadiah L.

81. KARON, Bai Febraidah S.

82. KASIM, Nidznalin I.

83. LAGUINDAB, Aina L.

84. LANTUD, Norajannah D.

85. LIM, Nur-ainee T.

86. LOMONDOT, Norlailah M.

87. MABANING, Norhaina M.

88. MACABANDO, Katrina S.

89- MACACUNA, Norol-ain S.

90. MACARAMBON, Sittyhaima K.

91. MACASAYON, Abdul Qyzr P.

92. MACASIMBAR, Hosnie M.

93. MACASINDIL, Alimar G.

94. MACOTE, Shahanie M.

95. MADUM, Raihana M.

96. MAGAPISA, Sittie Farisha D.

97. MAGONDACAN, Shariefia D.

98. MALAWI, Jamalodin P.

99. MAMA, Khamila M.

100. MAMALO, Sittie Almerah B.

101. MANALOCON, Rahima U.

102. MANGODA, Mohammad Ryan M.

103. MANGOMPIA-SAID, Hedjarah B

104. MANGORSI, Sittie Aisah T.

105. MAPANDI, Asliah G.

106. MAPANDI-PACASUM, Juhana A.

107. MASACAL, Laila P.

108. MASDAL, Alejar A.

109. MASTURA, Ashya S.

110. MAULANA, Umairah A.

111. MAUNTING, Salamat L.

112. MAUNTOL, Norhidaya G.

113. MORTABA, Nur-aima B.

114. MORTABA, JR., Tingcap S.

115. MUHAMMAD, Sha Aira G.

116. MUNDIG, Rofaidah E.

117. MURAKI, Omar L.

118. MUSA, Guizali S.

119. MUTIA, Abdul Azis A.

120. NOSKA, Pahmia P.

121. OMAR, Ansary A.

122. ONG, Chazee A.

123. PACA, Naizeyah G.

124. PALAWAN, Moh’d Sidic B.

125. PANDAPATAN, Sittie Hayamera C.

126. PANGANDAMAN, Noraleah R.

127. PANGGAGA, Sittie Apepah B

128, PIALAN, Alexander B.

129. POLANGI, Shalima A.

130. PUMBAYA, Jalina B.

131. PUMBAYA, Jamina B.

132. PUMBAYA, Nashiba A.

133. PUNO, Jalanie A.

134. RADIALAOT, Norminah D.

135. RADIAMODA, Nafisah HS.

136. RANGIRIS JR., Salem A.

137. ROMINIMBANG, Rayhanah M.

138. SADIC, Nadra B.

139. SAIPODEN, Albaida S.

140. SALEM, Aisah D.

141. SALIC, Saliha M.

142. SALIH, Yusop A.

143. SALIK, Hamsah A.

144. SAMPACO, Johara D.

145. SHARIEF JR., Salic A.

146. SOMERADO, Asliah S.

147. SUCOD, Norhana M.

148. SUMENSIL, Anwar T.

149. TABAO, Sittie Jehan A.

150. TAHA, Abdul Jabbar Y.

151. TANGCOR, Nahida T.

152. TAWANO, Abdul Raheem R.

153. TOCALO, Sittie Hedaya M.

154. TORRES, Rohaina D.

155. TUAN, Jihan D.

156. WEE, Fatima A,

Courtesy of the Supreme Court Public Information Office.

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September 2023 Bar Exams: compressed in 3 days, reduced coverage, lesser testing sites

The 2023 Philippine Bar Exams will be held sometime in September 2023, compressed in 3 days, reduced coverage, and lesser testing sites.

This was disclosed by Supreme Court Associate Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando, Chairperson of the 2023 Bar Examinations and Chairperson of the Court’s Committee on Bar Reforms, in his message during a meeting with Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) on June 23, 2022 via zoom.

The 3-Day Exams will have the following schedule:

Day 1

Morning: Political Law and Public International Law
Afternoon: ​​​Labor Law and Social Legislation​

Day 2

Morning: Civil Law with Land Titles

Afternoon: Commercial Law with Taxation

Day 3

Morning: Remedial Law with Legal and Judicial Ethics and Practical Exercises

Afternoon: Criminal Law

There will be 20 essay questions, without sub-questions, for each Bar subject. There will be four examiners per Bar subject. Justice Hernando said that “entry level questions” will compose the examinations.

Commercial Law with Taxation will include basic taxation without computation of income tax. Tariff and Customs law are likewise excluded. Commercial Law will include Corporation Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, General Banking Laws/BSP Charter and Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA), Foreign Investments Act and Amended Public Service Act. Negotiable Instruments Law is still excluded.

The entire syllabus for the 2023 Bar Examinations will be released on August 8, 2022.

Exact examination dates and intervals are yet to be determined when 2023 Bar Bulletins are released later this year.

With the early schedule of the 2023 Bar Exams, the bar result is projected to be released in November 2023. The Bar Oath-taking and Signing of the Roll of Attorneys will be done at the same time in December 2023. 

The 2023 Bar Exams will still be digitized but with lesser testing sites compared to 2020-2021 Bar Exams. Testing centers in NCR, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao will be maintained, while other locations will still be determined. 

Justice Hernando emphasized that Fourth Year in law school is catered mostly to review subjects and should already be a preparation for the Bar Exam itself. Accordingly, review centers should only be supplementary.

As early as January 2023, the candidates taking the Bar Exams for the first time may file their application to take the Bar Exams. The other documentary requirements available after graduation such as the official Transcript of Records (TOR) and Certificate of Good Moral Character will have a later date for submission. The date of application for repeater examinees will be determined on a later date, most likely after the 2022 Bar Exams result is released.

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Law School Buddy would like to acknowledge Dean Cecilio Duka, LEXplore, and Mich Lopez for this collective information. Thank you!

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SC Calls for #GetThatBAR2022 Personnel in 14 Testing Centers

Media Release from the Office of the Bar Confidant, July 18, 2022

Similar to the 2020/21 Bar Examinations, the 2022 Bar Examinations will also be both digitalized and localized in its modality. The current plan is to hold the Bar Examinations in November 2022, simultaneously in fourteen (14) Local Testing Centers (LTC) nationwide. The specific testing areas are still being finalized.

To ensure the success of the 2022 Bar Examinations, the OBC, together with Associate Justice Benjamin S. Caguioa, the Bar Examinations Chairperson, would like to invite judiciary employees and lawyers working outside the Judiciary to participate in this year’s Bar Examinations as Local Bar Personnel.

Interested applicants must possess ALL of the following qualifications:

(a) incumbent judiciary employee, including those with permanent, coterminous, casual, and contractual status, OR lawyer outside the Judiciary;
(b) fully vaccinated and have received at least one (1) booster dose before October 15, 2022;
(c) not teaching in any law school or law review centers;
(d) have a LandBank account in one’s own name (for judiciary employees only); and
(e) have no relative/s by consanguinity or affinity within the fourth (4th) civil degree who will take the exam in the same testing center where the personnel will serve.

Interested applicants may apply as Local Bar Personnel, particularly as (1) Floor Supervisors, (2) Head Proctors, (3) Proctors, and (4) Runners through the links or QR codes below. Their duties and responsibilities, as well as the minimum qualification for each position, are indicated in the attached document. The deadline of applications is on August 22, 2022.

FOR JUDICIARY EMPLOYEES AND LAWYERS OUTSIDE THE JUDICIARY: Please note that interested judiciary employees and lawyers may only apply in the region where they are currently residing.

NCR http://bit.ly/2022BarPersonnelNCR
Luzon http://bit.ly/2022BarPersonnelLuzon
Visayas http://bit.ly/2022BarPersonnelVisayas
Mindanao http://bit.ly/2022BarPersonnelMindanao

For this purpose, the OBC has been authorized by the Bar Chairperson to take charge of the selection, training, and deployment of all Bar Personnel in the different testing centers.

We are grateful in advance for your assistance. Should you have any queries or concerns regarding Bar Personnel matters, you may contact the OBC at bar2022personnel@gmail.com or (0966) 319-1105. For ease of documentation and reference, kindly copy furnish barexams2022@judiciary.gov.ph in all email communications

Below is a copy of the note issued by the OBC.

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Full List of 2020/21 Bar Exams Passers

8,241 out of 11,402 examinees (72.28%) who completed the 2020/21 bar exam passed.

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7 Things Revealed by Bar Exams Topnotchers PLUS LAW SCHOOL TIPS

Get ready to be inspired as we learn the 7 Things Revealed by Bar Topnotchers on their way to the bar, including law school tips that can help everyone aspiring to be lawyers.

1. Finding out the bar exams result
2. Dreaming of becoming bar topnotchers
3. Destined to become lawyers
4. Daily schedule during bar review
5. Social life during bar review
6. Journey of a working law student
7. Law school tips to aspiring lawyers and bar takers

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BAR 2020 date sets further, not earlier than February 2021, says Bar Chair Leonen

The Office of the 2020 Bar Chair through Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen announced today, June 29th, 2020 that the exact schedule for the 2020 BAR examinations is still up for deliberation.

An earlier announcement was made that the next examinations will not happen in 2020 due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country. As such, the Office of the BAR has moved it to 2021.

Associate Justice Leonen further said that the next Bar Examinations will definitely not be held at a date earlier than February 2021.

Copy of the Bar Bulletin No. 12, S. 2020 from Supreme Court Public Information Office
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Making History: First Ever Online Oath-Taking of New Lawyers

The Supreme Court of the Philippines sets new record as it holds the first-ever online oath-taking ceremonies for the successful 2019 Bar passers.

The Supreme Court has earlier announced a resolution allowing the conduct of the oath-taking ceremony of the 2019 BAR examination passers on 25 June 2020 via online video conference and linked to a government television network for broadcast. 

The oath-taking will be televised exclusively on PTV on June 25, 2020, Thursday, 2:00 pm. Netizens may join the ceremonies through PTV’s YouTube Channel.

Related News: https://lawschoolbuddy.info/online-oath-taking-for-new-lawyers-on-june-25-2020/

The Supreme Court during technical rehearsal last June 22. Photo from the Supreme Court Public Information Office.

Just the night before the program, 2019 Bar Topnotchers Mae Dian Azores and Kenneth Manuel exchanged some light-hearted tweets. Azores is Top 1, and Manuel is Top 6, both are CPAs and now CPA-Lawyers.

Courtesy of PTV Philippines’ Twitter @ptvph

Lawyer’s Oath:

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Bar 2019 Top Performing Schools Based on Over-all Passing Percentage

Congratulations to the Top 10 Performing Schools in the 2019 Philippine Bar Exams! Based on over-all percentage of passing.

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Online Oath Taking for New Lawyers on June 25, 2020

The Supreme Court En Banc approved today, 09 June 2020, a resolution allowing the conduct of the oath-taking ceremony of the 2019 BAR examination passers on 25 June 2020 via online video conference and linked to a government television network for broadcast. 

The Court noted that the current health crisis and COVID-19 pandemic made it not possible to hold the oath-taking ceremony the traditional way, as it had to take into consideration the existing government policies on public health, particularly on mass gatherings. More than 2,000 new lawyers will be taking their oaths. 

However, the Supreme Court made it clear in its resolution that the unorthodox oath-taking was to be “pro hac vice.” This means that due to the current pandemic, the resolution was to be exclusive and limited only on the occasion of the oath-taking of the 2019 BAR passers.

The resolution cited Article VIII, Section 5 (5) of the Constitution which is the rule-making power of the Supreme Court concerning the admission to the practice of law as its basis. 

The Court authorized the Bar Confidant, under the guidance of the 2019 BAR Chairperson, Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, to perform all necessary acts, under existing rules, regulations, and resources, to carry out the oath taking as contemplated in the resolution.

The Office of the Bar Confidant will be making the necessary announcements on the details, guidelines, and instructions to the new lawyers for the online oath-taking. 

Source: http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/11677/