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).

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  1. Diega

    Also read Sundiang for Merc. Whatever gaps meron ang Sundiang, you can complement it with Catindig.

    Bar Annotations vs School Reviewers?

    Its really a personal choice. And it wont necessarily be the same for all subjects. I read annotations for tax, merc, and poli kasi alam kong hindi kakayanin ng “bullet-type” discussions found in most school’s bar reviewers ang mga concepts involved lalo na at malaki pagkukulang ko sa law school when it came to these three subjects. I likewise read annotations for Civ Pro and Evidence for the same reason na pakiramdam ko I really needed to wrap my head around the concepts involved in these subjects.

    Pero may mga subjects din na hindi ako nagbasa ng annotations, such as:
    Labor — I got myself a copy of Azucena but found it too slow. Ok na ako sa codals and school reviewers because I felt I only needed to jog my memory kasi more or less naiintindihan ko na ang subject even before the bar review.

    Civ — Isa sa biggest regrets ang hindi ako kumuha ng Civ Review subject during law school. Super broad ang Civ at mahirap sya i-master within the bar review period in my case dahil I had to “learn” Merc and Tax. Hindi ako nagbasa ng annotation (although many of my batchmates read Jurado) because I couldn’t afford to take too much time away from my other subjects. I had to make do with our school’s barops reviewer at hindi ko rin sya nabasa ng buo. I took a big risk sa Civ exam ko by reviewing only some of the subjects. Biggest panic moment sa bar exam: night before 2nd Sunday when I was cram-reading Oblicon provisions for the first time during the entire review period. This might not work for everyone. In my case I took that risk because: (1) kahit di ko sya nararamdaman in my case, historically ay maganda ang Civ Law foundation namin sa school so I thought maybe I know the subject more than I thought I did at na-o-overwhelm lang ako sa scope nya, and (2) I presumed na may curving sa grading ng bawat exam and figured that one correct answer in tax or merc which are historically the harder subjects in the bar exams would contribute more to my final grade than one correct answer in civ where examinees get relatively good grades.

    Crim — I also got a copy of Boado pero somehow di ko sya nagustuhan and wasn’t able to go past the first 50 pages. (Tip pala: kapag di mo “feel” ang reviewer sa first chapters, wag mo nang pilitin dahil sayang lang sa oras kung di naman didikit ang binasa mo sa utak mo.) Just used our school’s barops reviewer to review Book1, then read RPC to review Book2 (albeit di ko rin natapos kasi nahilo ako sa rote memorisation). Did I pass Crim? I dont think so. I would estimate that I probably got a grade somewhere around 65-70.

    Attending lectures:

    Mamili kayo ng lectures na aattendan nyo. Ang tinutukan ko lang na lectures ay yung mga subjects na alam ko di ko na mababasa ng maigi. And I took down notes for use sa pre-week. Between lectures and reading, though, mas malaki pa rin ang takeaway ko sa reading. It probably depends kung ano ang natural learning medium mo. In my case, basa talaga. If you are going to spend a lot of time sa lectures, just be wary of attributing the lecturer’s mastery to yourself. I.e. hindi porke ay naiintindihan mo ang lecturer ay naiintindihan mo na rin ang subject to the point of having mastered it. So huwag maging complacent, take down notes and read your notes outside of the lecture to test if you can still remember the discussion.

    Being smart about time management:
    Syempre malaking bagay ang time management during the bar review. But its not just a matter of allocating time to your subjects. You also need to determine the best time to review a subject. Isa sa irerecommend ko to those who plan to go through three readings prior to pre-week is to skip 2nd reading for the 1st sunday subjects and instead allocate a large chunk of time immediately prior to the 1st Sunday for Poli and Labor. I spent the last month of my bar review reading ONLY Poli and Labor. Prior to that, I probably gave only one week to each of these subjects in April or May. Then I set them aside until September which I devoted entirely to these two subjects. Isipin nyo na lang na isang buong buwan ang pre-week ko for the 1st Sunday. Although I did not review substantially for these subjects before September, yung one month dedicated review ko allowed me to totally prepare for the 1st Sunday. Kinalimutan ko muna all other subjects. My other review months I spent ensuring that I can review the other subjects within the pre-week period. Pero yung September ko I spent preparing not for pre-week but for the 1st Sunday exams na mismo. At malaki yung impact nito sa confidence at performance ko on the 1st Sunday. Of all the exams, yung 1st Sunday exams ang may pinakamalaking chance ka to get high grades because you have more flexibility in allocating your review time for them. Hindi kagaya sa ibang Sundays wherein constrained ka talaga sa one-week period prior to those Sundays.

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  2. Diega

    Also, before you get carried away sa review mo, you need to have a firm grasp of two things:

    (1) Your pre-review level of mastery sa bawat subject.

    You will need to make sacrifices and risks along the way sa review mo. It will be a big help if you have a clear idea of what subjects you’re really weak in. Hindi pare-pareho ang review needs mo sa lahat ng subjects because there are certain subjects na kelangan mo talaga bigyan ng mas malaking pansin not only because they have bigger weight sa exam but also because mababa ang mastery level mo sa subjects na yun. Kung wala ka talagang oras (but if you can, please make time for it), you can assess your level of proficiency by looking at your law school grades. In my case, I used the 2011 MCQs as my assessment tool and went through the syllabus for each exam to have a feel kung saang subjects ako mas “blank”. If you know what subjects you’re really weak in, you’ll be wiser in choosing which risks or sacrifices you can afford to take sa review period.

    2. Hot topics.

    Every exam subject has specific “hot topics” na kumbaga ay “suki” na sa bar exams. The bar syllabus is very comprehensive but it doesnt highlight which topics are considered “most essential”. You need to get yourself a list of these hot topics for each subject (I think Baste and other review centers provide such lists.) Mastering all the items in the hot lists should be set as your “minimum” preparation level for the exams. Be familiar also as to how previous bar exams have problematized those essential topics. One good strategy would be to dedicate your first reading in mastering the concepts in the hot topics list. Then you can go through all the topics in the entire syllabus sa second and third reading. Basta whatever happens, you should have the “hot topics” well-covered and mastered before the exams.

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  3. raw

    To Dismayado,

    Start reviewing my friend. Even if mangalampag tayo or mag petition pa tayo, SC would never amend nor supplement the number of 2012 Bar passers. SC could always find justification to their decision.

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  4. thoughtprocessor


    Thanks. Youre heavensent :-)

    What are the HOT topics in rem?

    Lubus lubusin mo na help, hehe,

    Could u give us list of HOT topics in all subjects please please please

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  5. andelrea13

    hi! any update on suspension/abolition of the 5 strike rule?

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  6. Barrister 2012

    hot si diega!

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  7. Diega


    Sige. Will try kung may mahanap pa ako, then will post them here. Mabilis ko kasi niligpit at dinispose mga materials ko. Suggest you also ask friends who will be reviewing sa Baste. I heard Baste provides a good list, may kasama pang details as to how many times the topic has come out in the past bar exams.

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  8. Coolr

    Salamat kay @Diega for the valuable tips… I think Pareto notes if I’m not mistaken (available in National BS) have a list on all frequently asked questions…

    Since the side of law, resources, review materials have been graciously provided by @Diega.. may I also share something… not on law but on things that will keep us alive kicking w/ enthusiasm & passion to move on w/ our review & pass (if not top the 2013 bar :) ) for the glory of God and in our advocacy to serve.

    … vitamins for our faith… http://youtu.be/nvWu82fE9gQ
    … vitamins for our passion… http://youtu.be/inq36XyWG-Q
    more to come as i discover some more :) God bless us all!

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  9. read read read

    try Chan’s reviwer for

    Bernas for Poli…….consti part

    Villanueva for merc

    Mamalateo for tax

    Riano, Feria/Noche…….rem



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  10. jun

    hi sir ,maam. I am trying to find a conclusive proof that the 5 strike rule has been lifted. Is there any truth to this matter?thanks

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  11. Nana

    @jun, check mo sa OBC kapag filing na, you will see if my schedule of fees for 6th, 7th, 8th time na magtitake. my classmate said last year may nakita siya pero i did not see myself. paki-double check.

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  12. enough

    @Diega at iba pa, salamat po sa mga tips at reminders. kahit sa susunod pa ang bar namin, mabuti na rin po at handa dahil sa mga paalala ninyo.

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  13. substance

    review mode disrupted by ubiquitous campaign convoys with earsplitting jingles of candidates oblivious to the IPL…

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  14. resolution vs decision

    what’s the difference between the two? Anyone? I’ve been checking the judiciary site and under the jurisprudence there are Resolutions and Decisions posted separately. Aren’t resolution a formal decision? then what’s a decision?

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  15. jun

    hi guys, i think it will be a good point if we concentrate on previous bar questions, like UP law complex. In the exam proper we are dealing with
    essay questions and chances are they might ask same questions again.
    If we read and read the codals, reviewers, etc but we are not good in
    answering bar questions then we will be at risk. What do you think guys?

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