The Supreme Court has issued important guidelines for the 2013 Bar Exams.

Office of the Bar Confidant
Supreme Court of the Philippines
December 7, 2012

1. Bar Exam Venue: University of Sto. Tomas, Espana, Manila

2. Examination Dates: Four Sundays of October 2013:
October 6:
8 a.m. – 12 noon – Political Law
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Labor Law

October 13:
8 a.m. – 12 noon – Civil Law
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Taxation

October 20:
8 a.m. – 12 noon – Commercial Law
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Criminal Law

October 27:
8 a.m. – 12 noon – Remedial Law
2 p.m. – 6 p.m – Legal Ethics

3. Coverage: Questions shall strictly fall within the defined Syllabus for
every subject. The Syllabi shall be released through a Bar Bulletin or
before December 31, 2012.

The cut-off for Supreme Court decisions covered by the 2013 Bar
Examinations shall be January 31, 2013.

4. Exam Structure and Format of Questions

a. The Examination shall consist of 20% Multiple Choice
Questions (MCQ) and 80% Essay-type questions.

b. Whether MCQ or essay, the questions shall be based on a given
set of facts, presented as briefly but as clearly and completely
as possible, taking into account that every examinee needs
reading, understanding, consideration of the applicable law,
and answering time for every question.

The whole examination should be answerable by the average
bar examinee within 3 .5 hours (21 0 minutes) to allow him or
her 30 minutes of review time.

c. The basic elements of problem solving that the Examiners shall
particularly look for are: the examinee’s (1) proper
understanding and appreciation of the facts, particularly of the
components or details that can be material in resolving the
given problem; (2) his or her appreciation of the applicable
laws that may come into play; (3) recognition of the issues
posed; and the ( 4) resolution of the issues through the analysis
and application of the law to the given facts. The examinee’s
presentation and articulation of his or her answer shall also be
given weight.

d. The 20o/o MCQ portion of the examination shall be divided into
4 or 5 main fact situations from which the MCQ questions shall
be asked.

The 80% essay portion of the exam shall be divided into eight
(8) divisions of ten (10) points each, with a maximum of two
facts per division from which question shall be drawn.

The corresponding weight of each question shall properly
be indicated in the questionnaire, together with estimated
answering time, to allow the examinee proper allotment of his
or her exam time.

5. Communications
a. All administrative matters relating to the Bar Examinations
shall be handled by and shall be coursed through the Supreme
Court’s Office of the Bar Confidant’s (OBC). All
communications should be addressed to the Office of the Bar
Confidant c/o Atty. Tina Layusa, SC Bar Confidant.

b. The OBC can be reached at landline number
5257929;5268122;5268119; cellular phone number
09088864293; and by e-mail at

It holds office at the Supreme Court, Padre Faura, Manila, and
is open at regular office hours on regular working days. All
inquiries regarding the Bar Examinations should be directed at
the OBC. Interested parties are urged to first communicate with
the OBC by phone or by email to determine if the need exists
for them to personally go to the OBC.

c. The Bar Confidant shall act as Spokesperson for the Bar
Examinations and shall handle all announcements and
relations with the media, with the law schools, and with
examinees. Public announcements shall be through Bar
Bulletins issued by the OBC at the SC website: sc.j udiciary .gov. ph.

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