2013 Bar Exam: Information, Discussions, Tips, Questions and Results

The result of the 2012 bar exam will be released very soon and the Supreme Court already issued bulletins for the 2013 bar examination, so it’s high time to have this separate post to track and centralize discussions on the preparations, schedule and related information on the 2013 bar examination. The bar results will also be posted here.

This post will be updated from time to time. Feel free to drop by and share your updates through the comment section below. Thank you.

Venue and schedule. The venue of the 2013 bar exam is the University of Sto. Tomas. Exam is from 8-12 in the morning and 2-6 in the afternoon. Exam dates are 6 October 2013 (political law [a.m.]; labor law [p.m.]), 13 October 2013 (civil law; taxation), 20 October 2013 (commercial law; criminal law) and 27 October 2013 (remedial law; legal ethics).

Political Law Questions. Instructions; Essay Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12; Multiple Choice Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Labor Law Questions: Instructions; Essay Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; Multiple Choice Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

Civil Law Questions: Instructions; Essay Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; Multiple Choice Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Taxation Questions: Instructions; Essay Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12; Multiple Choice Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Mercantile Law Questions: Instructions; Essay Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; Multiple Choice Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Criminal Law Questions: Instructions; Essay Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11; Multiple Choice Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.

Remedial Law Questions: Instructions; Essay Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; Multiple Choice Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Legal Ethics Questions: Instructions; Essay Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; Multiple Choice Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Update: Supreme Court has confirmed that the results will be released on 18 March 2014. We’ll post the results below. Good luck and God bless, everyone.

Update: With the release of the results later today, 18 March 2014, let’s start the 2014 bar exam thread, here. A total of 1,174 passed the 2013 bar exams (click here to see the posted list; also here).


1,848 thoughts on “2013 Bar Exam: Information, Discussions, Tips, Questions and Results”

  1. @tryingtohelp: would u recommend online review sites?

    Whats bar coaching? Heard it from a friend who just passed the bar. Said it worked bcos one may know his law but may not know how to construct her answers. Ur take?

    Since the exams bringing back the essay format on a larger scale, would like to know abt best way of presenting answers.

    Thanks much..

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  2. just to share some info on this… Dean Ralph Sarmiento has an online clinic & bar coaching but stay tuned for 2nd batch coz the 1st batch is already full…. also as to online review, chanrobles will be having case digests section for cases covered for the 2013 bar exam aside from mock bar exercises… Prof. Riguera also mentioned that Jurists bar will be having online review classes hopefully next year. For further details you can check out the appropriate websites & fb accounts… hope this helps :)

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  3. i passed the 2012 bar exams. our dean advised us to read all of the reading materials for 5 times. if u think it is not possible, read everything at least 3 times. mastery is the key. u will have no time to think much during the bar. answers shld be instinctive.

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  4. just an unsolicited advice on what books to read:
    political law- nachura plus master the constitution/ codal
    labor – azucena everyone’s plus codal
    tax – mamalateo plus codal
    commercial law – villanueva
    civil – jurado plus codal
    crim – gregorio or boado plus codal
    rem – riano plus codal specpro part regalado
    ethics – any book.
    read all at least 3 times. then master the codals. read recent jurisprudence during ur last reading. for pre- week, use codals and preweek stuff. i just reviewed in our house ( in my room ) starting may 08, 2012 until pre-week. i make sure i read at least 10 hours a day — everyday, including sundays. give ur best. give ur all. by the time u take the bar, u should feel prepared, if not over-prepared. the only motivation i had was my desire to pass it on my first take. all worth- it. u too can make it!

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  5. @jdcm, some tipsters say we should not be reading annotatiions during the revuew but focus only on reviewers. Your take on this tip thanks.

    I personally prefer reading Riano’s annotations tuan reviewers prepared by Bar Ops committeess.

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  6. @lookingforhelp:

    would u recommend online review sites?
    It depends on the reviewee. Are you comfortable doing this? Do you absorb information this way? Personally, i won’t recommend it. I prefer studying in my room (sometimes in the library), reading my codals and review materials.

    Whats bar coaching? Heard it from a friend who just passed the bar. Said it worked bcos one may know his law but may not know how to construct her answers. Ur take?

    This is my first time to hear bar coaching. Answering bar questions doesn’t require bar coaching, you just have to structure your answers.

    First sentence: Answer directly the question, Yes or No, then provide a one-liner reason i.e. No, it is unconstitutional because under the Constitution no person shall be deprived of property w/o due process of law.

    Second sentence: Cite your legal basis. No need to mention the specific section or article number, just say “under the Civil Code”, “under the Labor Code”, “in a long line of cases the SC ruled”, “it is a settled doctrine that” etc.

    Third sentence: State the preset case or situation. i.e. “In the case at hand…” “in the case at bar…”, “in the present case…”

    Fourth sentence: Apply the second sentence to the third sentence. i.e. “Since there was no search warrant, the evidence obtained are inadmissible in evidence etc.”

    Since the exams bringing back the essay format on a larger scale, would like to know abt best way of presenting answers.

    See my answer above. Of course, your structure will depend on the points allotted to the question and the time you have. If the question has a large score, may be you can structure your answer into paragraphs not just sentences. If you have no more time, answer directly your question in a way that you still mention your legal basis.

    Read the previous bar exams q and a published regularly by UP Law Center so you can see how answers are structured for different types of questions. Also many of these questions are reiterated in bar exams. :)

    Thanks much..

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  7. @lookingforhelp:

    would u recommend online review sites?

    It depends on the reviewee. Are you comfortable doing this? Do you absorb information this way? Personally, i won’t recommend it. I prefer studying in my room (sometimes in the library), reading my codals and review materials.

    Whats bar coaching? Heard it from a friend who just passed the bar. Said it worked bcos one may know his law but may not know how to construct her answers. Ur take?

    This is my first time to hear bar coaching. Answering bar questions doesn’t require bar coaching, you just have to structure your answers and practice it (though this should have happened in law school).

    First sentence: Answer directly the question, Yes or No, then provide a one-liner reason i.e. No, it is unconstitutional because under the Constitution no person shall be deprived of property w/o due process of law.

    Second sentence: Cite your legal basis. No need to mention the specific section or article number, just say “under the Civil Code”, “under the Labor Code”, “in a long line of cases the SC ruled”, “it is a settled doctrine that” etc.

    Third sentence: State the preset case or situation. i.e. “In the case at hand the searched the room of X without a search warrant etc…” “in the case at bar…”, “in the present case…”

    Fourth sentence: Apply the second sentence to the third sentence. i.e. “Since there was no search warrant, the evidence obtained are inadmissible in evidence etc.”

    Since the exams bringing back the essay format on a larger scale, would like to know abt best way of presenting answers.

    See my answer above.
    Note however that your structure will depend on the points allotted to the question and the time you have. If the question has a large score, may be you can structure your answer into paragraphs not just sentences. If you have no more time, answer directly your question in a way that you still mention your legal basis.

    Read the previous bar exams q and a publish regularly by UP Law Center so you can see how answers are structured for different types of questions. Also many of these questions are reiterated in bar exams. :)

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  8. @tryingtohelp

    mas ok ung boado for crim imbis na reyes? tsaka ok talaga ung villanueva for comm? how about sundiang’s commercial law review book?

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  9. @lookingforhelp Unfortunately, i can’t because i’m working already. :) Yup, buy UP q and a, many bar questions were repeated from previous bar exams.

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  10. @Rei M.

    to be honest, i have no idea because i didn’t read these books.

    Just a tip, choose between villanueva and sundiang. As I said earlier, less is more. Your codal and one reviewer for each subject is enough, pare-parehas lang lahat ng reviewer. Don’t waste your time trying to read several reviewers because what you want to accomplish during review period is to understand the concepts. Slowly, narrow down the important things as you go through your second reading etc, so that during pre-week you’re prepared to memorize things that you have highlighted during your review period.

    Think of the bar exams as a game. You need to have a game plan before you play it. You have four quarters: pre-review period, review period, pre-week and bar exams proper.

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