2019 Bar top-notcher is from University of Sto. Tomas-Legazpi

The 2019 Bar top-notcher is Mae Diane M. Azores from University of Sto. Tomas-Legazpi (formerly Aquinas University) with 91.0490% rate.

The Supreme Court (SC) releases the list of topnotchers after the special en banc session today, April 29, 2020.

A total of 7,685 law graduates took the 2019 bar exam on November 2019.

The Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) said that 8,245 were admitted to take the examinations. After the first Sunday on November 3, the number of candidates who took the test was only 7,699. After the second Sunday on November 10, the number went down to 7,691.

2019 Bar top-notcher is from University of Sto. Tomas-Legazpi




1st placeAzores, Maine Diane D.University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi91.0490%
2nd placeParahiman, Princess Fatima T.University of the East89.5230%
3rd placeBaranda, Myra M.University of Santo Tomas-Legazp88.8250%
4th placeBandiola, Dawn Fya O.San Beda College- Alabang88.3360%
5th placedFabello, Jocelyn B.Palawan State University88.2630%
6th placeManuel, Kennetg Glenn L.University of Santo Tomas88.1730%
7th placeBuergo, Rhowee D. University87.8701%
8th placeAvila, Anton Luis A.Saint Louis University87.5820%
9th placeRojas, Jun Dexter H.Polytechnic University of the Philippines87.5765%
10th placeMadera, Bebelan A.University of St. La Salle87.3795%


In the 2018 exams, Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University aced the bar with 89.306%. University of San Carlos (USC) alum Marcley Augustus Nau-El followed with 87.53%. Other schools in the top 10 spots were the University of the Philippines and De La Salle University-Manila.

In the 2017 bar exam, graduates of provincial law schools dominated the list of top-notchers. Mark John Simondo of the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental led the passers with a grade of 91.05 percent.

Bar exam is the only licensure examination not administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

In the 2019 exams, the two-examiner policy per subject was re-adopted “in order to promote operational efficiency in light of the notable increase in number of admitted candidates in recent years.”

The examinable subjects include Political Law and Public International Law (15%), Labor and Social Legislation (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (10%), Remedial Law (20%) and Legal and Judicial Ethics (5%).