AFTER months of waiting, barristers welcomed the release of the 2013 Bar Exam Results in a press briefing held by Associate Justice Arturo Brion last March 18, 2014 at the Supreme Court. Justice Brion, who chaired the 2013 Bar Exam Committee, also announced the Top 10 Bar Placers, which saw Ateneo Law School’s (ALS) Dianna Louise Wilwayco and Marjorie Ivory Fulgueras ranking second and ninth respectively.
A total of 1,174 examinees hurdled the Bar, which is perceived to be the most difficult licensure examination in the country. The 22.18% passing rate this year is a jump from the 2012’s passing rate of only 17.76%.
According to Justice Brion, the SC lowered the passing grade to 73% from 75%, otherwise, only 649 out of the 5,343 bar examinees would have passed.
The 2013 Bar saw the University of the Philippines’ (UP) Nielson Pangan topping the exam with a grade of 85.8%. However, Ateneo’s Dianna Wilwayco and UP’s Mark Oyales came in close second with 85.45%. Placing ninth, Marjorie Fulgueras of the ALS obtained an average of 83.65%. Barristers from University of Batangas, University of San Carlos Cebu and San Beda College Manila also seized top spots in the Bar Exam.
The successful examinees are set to take their oath this April 28 at the Philippine International Convention Center.