Bar Exam Tips,
Secrets, Techniques & Strategies
Bar Exam Statistics
by Ralph A. Sarmiento
Bar Exams Trivia
(Disclaimer: The information
found hereunder are based only sources that were made available to the writer.
Should you find any incorrect information, please call the writer's attention
1st Bar Exams:
Highest Grade of All Time:
2nd Highest Grade of All Time:
Bar Topnotchers (1st Placers) to
become Presidents of the Philippines:
A. Roxas (University of the Philippines), 1913 Bar Exams with a
grade of 92.
Diosdado P. Macapagal of the University of Sto. Tomas, 1936 with
a grade of 89.85
Ferdinand E. Marcos of the University of the Philippines, 1939
with a grade of 92.35
Other Bar Topnotchers to become
Presidents of the Philippines:
S. Osmeña (University of Santo Tomas), 2nd Place - 1903 Bar
L. Quezon, (University of Santo Tomas), 4th Place - 1903 Bar
Elpidio R. Quirino (University of the Philippines), 2nd Place -
P. Garcia (Philippine Law School), 6th Place - 1923 Bar
Facts about the Jose W. Diokno
was born on February 26, 1922.
earned his Bachelor's Degree in Commerce Summa Cum Laude in
1940 at De La Salle College (now De La Salle University).
the CPA Board Exam in 1940 while he was on his second year in law
school and placed No. 1.
he petitioned the Supreme Court to take the Bar Exams without a law
Supreme Court granted his petition and he took the Bar Exams in 1944
and tied with the Class Valedictorian of U.P. for the 1st Place with
a grade of 95.3.
perhaps the only one who placed 1st in both the CPA board exams & the Bar
Facts about the Claro M. Recto
born on February 8, 1890 at Tiaong, Tayabas (now Quezon Province).
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ateneo de Manila where
his grades were all perfect (1.0), except only for one 1.3. He was
conferred by Ateneo with Maxima Cum Laude honors (highest
honors conferred by Ateneo).
the Bar Exams in 1913 while he was still in his senior year in law
school at the University of Santo Tomas - and FLUNKED.
finished his law degree in 1913, Class Valedictorian, University of
Bar Exams marked the first time that the test questions in Civil
Procedure were in English, a new language in which Recto could not
express himself very well.
Fischer, the examiner in Civil Procedure, also noted that Recto's
handwriting was very difficult to understand.
Fischer gave Recto a grade of 41 which automatically disqualified
took the Bar Exams again in 1914 and passed. However, I could not
find any official record whether he placed in the Bar
Exams of 1914. But it appears that the No. 1 Bar Topnotcher
in the 1914 Bar based on the official records of the Supreme Court
was Manuel Goyena.
passing, Recto wrote two books on Civil Procedure.
Recto studied in Ateneo and UST, the medium of instruction was
Spanish. Manuel Roxas, on the other hand, UP's Class Valedictorian
who topped the 1913 Bar Exams was a product of the US public school
system and had spent a year in Hong Kong to better equip himself
with American English before taking the Bar.
Facts about the Ferdinand E. Marcos
was born on September 11, 1917.
college, Marcos' principal interest was the .22-caliber college
September 20, 1935, Julio Nalundasan was at home celebrating that
day's Congressional election victory over Mariano Marcos when he was
shot and killed with a .22-caliber bullet fired by the 18-year-old
December 13, 1938, Marcos was arrested for Nalundasan's murder but
he successfully petitioned for release on bail, allowing him to
complete his law degree from the University of the Philippines.
Marcos was found guilty and sentence to a minimum of 10 years in
Marcos spent six months writing his own 830-page appeal while
reviewing for the Bar Exams at the same time.
posted bail to take the 1939 Bar Exams and passed with scores so
high he was suspected of cheating.
say that his unofficial Grade was 98.5 and so he was summoned to
appear before the Supreme Court en banc for an oral
re-examination, after which his official grade was released as
the only Bar candidate who was called by the Supreme Court for an
Marcos orally argued his own case in front of Supreme Court Justice
Jose P. Laurel and on October 22, 1940, he was acquitted of the
charge of murder and forthwith liberated from imprisonment.
day, he returned to the Supreme Court where he was administered his
oath as a lawyer.
1st woman to Top the Bar (1st Place):
2nd woman to Top the Bar (1st Place):
Bar Flunker who Placed 1st on his Second Take:
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