2007 Bar Examination Coverage

I suppose most of the “excited” examinees for the 2007 bar exams are well into their “second reading” by now. (For those who may be wondering if “second reading” is related to something done in church, it is not. “Second reading” refers to the number of times a bar reviewee is supposed to have read his/her books, notes and other review materials. Some say 3 readings is the best, although I would object if anyone says it’s the minimum =)

It’s also safe to assume that every examinee is fully aware of the coverage of the 2007 bar examination. Just in case someone missed it, and for those who may be interested, here’s the official coverage:

Political and Public International Law (First Sunday, Morning, 2 September 2007). This examination covers decisions of the Supreme Court, promulgated up to 30 June 2006, and Republic Acts, Presidential Decrees and Executive Orders, promulgated up to 31 December 2005.

1. Constitutional Law
2. Political Law
3. Administrative Law and Law on Public Officers (Exclude: Implementing rules and regulations of different agencies)
4. Laws on Suffrage

(a) Party-List Law (R.A. 7941)
(b) Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines (B.P. Blg. 881)
(c) Electoral Reforms Law of 1987 (R.A. No. 6646)
(d) R.A. 7166 – An Act Providing for Synchronized National and Local
Elections and For Electoral Reforms
(e) R.A. 9006 – Fair Election Practice Act

5. Local Government Code (R.A. No.7160) (Basics) (Exclude: Provisions Relating to Local Taxation)
6. Public Corporations
7. Public International Law

Labor Standards/Termination Law and Social Legislation (First Sunday, Afternoon, 2 September 2007). This examination covers decisions of the Supreme Court, promulgated up to 30 June 2006, and Republic Acts, Presidential Decrees and Executive Orders, promulgatedup to 31 December 2005.

I. Labor Laws (Labor Standards Law and Labor Relation Law)

(a) Labor Code of the Philippines (P.D. No. 442, as amended).
Books I, II, III, V, VI and VII (Exclude:Book IV)
(b) Thirteenth (13th) Month Pay Law (P.D. No. 851, as amended)
(c) The Omnibus Rules Implementing the Labor Code of the
Philippines. (Limited to cases decided by the Supreme Court)
(d) Guidelines for the Exercise of the Right to Organize of
Government Employees, etc. (Executive Order No. 180, June 1,
1987).

II. Social Legislation

(a) Social Security Act of 1997 (R.A. No. 8282)
(b) Government Service Insurance Act of 1997 (R.A. No. 8291)
(c) Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 (R.A. No. 7877)

Exclude: Employees Compensation and State Insurance Fund.

Civil Law (Second Sunday, Morning, 9 September 2007). This examination covers decisions of the Supreme Court, promulgated up to 30 June 2006, and Republic Acts, Presidential Decrees and Executive Orders, promulgated up to 31 December 2005.

1. Civil Code of the Philippines. INCLUDE The Law on Sale of Subdivision Lots and Condominium (P.D. No. 957) and the Condominium Act (R.A. 4726). EXCLUDE the following:

(a) Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines
(P.D. No.1083)
(b) Water Code (P.D. 1067)
(c) The Rental Law (B.P. Blg. 25 and amendments)
(d) Intellectual Property Law

2. The Family Code of the Philippines (EXCLUDE: Child and Youth Welfare Code, P.D. 603)
3. Domestic Adoption Act of 1998 (R.A. No. 8552)
4. Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995 (R.A. No. 8043)
5. Property Registration Decree (P.D. No. 1529)
INCLUDE Public Land Law (C.A. No. 141, as amended)
6. Conflict of Laws (Private International Law)

Taxation (Second Sunday, Afternoon, 9 September 2007). This examination covers decisions of the Supreme Court, promulgated up to 30 June 2006, and Republic Acts, Presidential Decrees and Executive Orders, promulgated up to 31 December 2005.

1. General Principles of Taxation
2. National Internal Revenue Code
INCLUDE Comprehensive Tax Reform Act of 1997 (R.A. No. 8424)–Provisions already in effect. EXCLUDE the following:

(a) Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT)
(b) Percentage Taxes, Excise Taxes and Documentary Stamp
Taxes

3. Tariff and Customs Code (EXCLUDE: Arrastre and Classification of Commodities)
4. Republic Act No. 1125, Creating the Court of Tax Appeals, as amended
5. The Local Government Code on Taxation

Mercantile Law (Third Sunday, Morning, 16 September 2007). This examination covers decisions of the Supreme Court, promulgated up to 30 June 2006, and Republic Acts, Presidential Decrees and Executive Orders, promulgated up to 31 December 2005.

1. Code of Commerce
(a) Merchants and Commercial Transactions, Articles 1-63
(b) Letters of Credit under the Code of Commerce (Articles 567-572)
INCLUDE the following:

(i). Bulk Sales Law (Act No. 3952)
(ii). The Warehouse Receipts Law (Act No. 2137 in relation to the General
Bonded Warehouse Act [Act No. 3893])
(iii).Presidential Decree 115 on Trust Receipts

2. Negotiable Instruments Law (Act No. 2031)
3. Insurance Code (P.D. No. 1460)
INCLUDE Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation Act (R.A. 3591)
4. Transportation Laws

(a) Common Carriers (Civil Code, Arts. 1732 to 1766).
(b) Commercial Contracts for Transportation Overland
(Code of Commerce, Arts. 349 to 379)
(c) Maritime Commerce (Code of Commerce, Arts. 673 to 736; also Arts.
580-584 of Code of Commerce, as superseded by R.A. No. 6106; Arts.
806 to 845 of Code of Commerce; Paragraph 6 of Section 3 of Carriage of
Goods by Sea Act [Com. Act 65])

(d) Public Service Act (Com. Act No.146), as amended.
(e) The Warsaw Convention of 1929(Limited to the Carrier’s Liability).

5. Corporation Law
(a) The Corporation Code (B.P. Blg.68)
(b) Securities Regulation Code (R.A. 8799)
(c) Banking Laws: (General terms and provisions)

i) The New Central Bank Act (R.A. No. 7653) (Basics)
ii) Law on Secrecy of Bank Deposits (R.A. No. 1405, as amended)

6. Intellectual Property Code (R.A. No. 8293) (Basics) (EXCLUDE: Implementing Rules and Regulations)
7. Special Laws
(a) The Chattel Mortgage Law (Act 1508 in Relation to Arts. 1484, 1485,
2140, and 2141 of the Civil Code)
(b) Real Estate Mortgage Law (Act No. 3135, as amended by R.A. No. 4118)
(c) The Insolvency Law (Act No. 1956) including Rules on Corporate
Rehabilitation (P.D. 902-A)
(d) Truth in Lending Act (R.A. No. 3765)
EXCLUDE the following:

(1) Omnibus Investment Code of 1987 (Executive Order No. 226)
(2) Foreign Investment Act of 1991 (R.A. No. 7042)

Criminal Law (Third Sunday, Afternoon, 16 September 2007). This examination covers decisions of the Supreme Court, promulgated up to 30 June 2006, and Republic Acts, Presidential Decrees and Executive Orders, promulgated up to 31 December 2005.

1. The Revised Penal Code (Books I and II), as amended (EXCLUDE: Penalties for specific felonies)
2. Indeterminate Sentence Law
3. Probation Law
4. Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (R.A. No. 3019, as amended)
5. Anti-Fencing Law (P.D. No. 1612)
6. Bouncing Checks Law (B.P. Blg. 22)
7. Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972(R.A. No. 6425, as amended)
8. Heinous Crimes Act (R.A. No. 7659, as amended)
9. Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 (R.A No. 9160) (EXCLUDE: Civil Forfeiture Rules)
10. Obstruction of Justice (P.D. 1829)

Remedial Law ( Fourth Sunday, Morning, 23 September 2007). This examination covers decisions of the Supreme Court, promulgated up to 30 June 2006, and Republic Acts, Presidential Decrees and Executive Orders, promulgated up to 31 December 2005.

1. The Rules of Court, as amended

(a) 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure
(b) Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure (effective December 1, 2000)
(c) Rules on Evidence
(d) Rules on Special Proceedings

2. The 1991 Revised Rules on Summary Procedure
3. Local Government Code on Conciliation Procedures (Book III, Title I, Chapter 7)
4. The Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980 (B.P. Blg. 129), as amended by R.A. No. 7691 and rules issued thereunder (emphasis on jurisdiction excluding purely administrative provisions)
5. Judiciary Act of 1948
EXCLUDE the following:

(a) P.D. No. 946 (Reorganizing the CAR)
(b) Military Justice

6. Jurisdiction of Sandiganbayan
(a) R.A. No. 7975
(b) R.A. No. 8249

Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises (Fourth Sunday, Afternoon, 23 September 2007). This examination covers decisions of the Supreme Court, promulgated up to 30 June 2006, and Republic Acts, Presidential Decrees and Executive Orders, promulgated up to 31 December 2005.

1. Code of Judicial Conduct
2. Code of Professional Responsibility
3. Grievance Procedures (Rule 139-B, Rules of Court)
4. Legal Forms

Source: Philippine Supreme Court

6 comments

  1. reading the coverage of this year’s bar exam made me pause and once again thank the Lord for the blessing of passing last year’s bar exam.

    as i read every topic included, pictures of the bar reviewers/lecturers popped up on my mind.

    to the bar examinees, remember to take thaat most needed break once in a while. it pays to relax and have some breather. Don’t be too serious..or at least, don’t be too hard on yourself to appear as one. smile and enjoy life..God bless.

    1. I CONGRATULATE YOU OF WHAT YOUVE DONE, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND GOD BLESS TO THE PROFFESSIN YOU CHOOSEN,HOPE I ENCOUNTER THAT SOMEDAY IM A CRIMINOLOGY STUDENT OF JOSE RIZAL MEMORIAL STATE UNIVERSITY.

  2. yagimoku, panyero, congratulations. It really feels great when you look back. Maybe you could write an article to encourage our future panyeros =)

  3. To all bar takers and law students:

    If it’s ok with Atty. Fred, I refer you also to visit Atty. Ralph’s website. Just type Atty.ralph and click “enter”.

    It contains very interesting and helpful tips, secrets, strategies and techniques in preparing for and taking the bar exams.

    I’ve had some contributed articles there also.

    It’s my modest way of giving thanks for making it in the 2005 Bar exams. Good luck to all!

  4. Atty. Glenn, no problem. In fact, we would appreciate it if all of you could point to helpful sites, so that we could write a post and point to them. Thanks everyone.

  5. Atty. Mortel, the formula you wrote on How to Pass the Bar was very helpful when I took the 2005 bar. I’m sure it will be equally helpful to those taking this year’s bar.

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