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7 Things Revealed by Bar Exams Topnotchers PLUS LAW SCHOOL TIPS

Get ready to be inspired as we learn the 7 Things Revealed by Bar Topnotchers on their way to the bar, including law school tips that can help everyone aspiring to be lawyers.

1. Finding out the bar exams result
2. Dreaming of becoming bar topnotchers
3. Destined to become lawyers
4. Daily schedule during bar review
5. Social life during bar review
6. Journey of a working law student
7. Law school tips to aspiring lawyers and bar takers

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7 TIPS for Effective Study Techniques for Full-time and Working Law School Students

Whether you are a full-time student or a working student trying very hardly to balance your time between work that pays the bill and your limited study time in pursuit of your dreams of becoming a lawyer someday, the question of whether or not your study techniques are efficient and effective always hold true. 

Here are 7 Tips for Effective Study Techniques 

1. Codal is King

Codal provisions contain the text of the law per se. Codal is what the law provides. By reading the codal provisions first, you are giving yourself an overview of the law, its general principles, as well as its exemptions to the general rules. Some successful bar takers and professors often mentioned that you can answer a Bar question by citing the codal provisions of the law as a legal basis. This works well for definition of terms, as well as enumeration. By being familiar with the codal provisions, you will have legal basis when answering in class recitation and of course in the bar exam. 

Atty. Myra Baranda, Top 3 of the 2019 Bar Exams, affirmed the idea when she said that, “Codals are so important so these are to be prioritized.”

2. Listen to Codal Audiobooks

As the saying goes, “Law School is a jealous mistress.” Studying law requires a lot of time. You need to allocate one hour per every unit of subject. Which means, a three-unit subject requires a study time of 3 hours to say the least. But remember to study smart, instead of just studying hard. 

One of the ways to maximize your time is to listen to audiobooks for law school subjects. Get your earphones and listen anytime, anywhere. Whether you are sweating out in your morning workout, or working on your desk job, you can listen to audiobooks and learn at the same time.

Visit Law School Buddy’s YouTube channel and choose among the available codal provision audiobooks free of charge. From Criminal Law, Civil Law, to Political Law, the playlists are being updated every week. Enhance your understanding of the law one audiobook at a time. Don’t forget to subscribe!

3. Choose Book that Suits You

Every law school book author has a unique writing style in explaining the law in their textbooks and commentaries. One easily defines and enumerates the elements of a certain topic while another one provides essential landmark cases to cite as examples. And then we have authors who love to give examples in order to better explain each concept. These are all helpful. And you might find a book that catches it all. Of course your professor might also prescribe a book to use.

However it is important to assess which is the most effective material for you. Scan the available books and stick to your preferred style. We have great authors and books, just pick one that suits you. 

4. Have an overview of the book

Muhammad Yunus once said, “In a bird’s eye view you tend to survey everything and decide on a particular point, then you swoop down and pick it up. In a worm’s eye view, you don’t have that advantage of looking at everything.”

By looking at the table of contents or outline of your commentaries and textbooks, you are giving yourself a glimpse of what’s ahead, and also getting affirmation on the topics to be discussed in relation to what you have read in codal provisions. 

Many students often jump right into reading their textbooks with no idea how extensive the topic coverage is or how long it takes to finish a chapter. Start by browsing the outline first and use it as your study guide so you can better manage your time to make sure all topics are covered. 

5. Jurisprudence is Queen

The rule of precedents. Jurisprudence are judicial decisions applying or interpreting the laws or the Constitution that form part of the legal system of the Philippines. If Codal is King, then Jurisprudence is Queen. 

The Supreme Court has laid out important decisions in landmark cases on how they rule over a case. The Supreme Court’s decisions are, more often than not, widely used as a legal basis in answering essay questions, law school class recitation, and ofcourse, the bar exam. 

Jurisprudence are also beneficial to law school students to better understand the fundamentals of the law and help them figure out the actual rule of the law. The lawyer and judges can use jurisprudence as a guide to correctly interpret certain laws that require interpretation.

Law School Buddy is featuring jurisprudence from Supreme Court decided cases. Don’t miss this out! Join us on Facebook and Instagram, along with fellow law school students, and together we learn essential jurisprudence every single day. 

6. Read Full Text of Cases

I know what you are thinking. How can one read the full text of cases when one has limited time to study, add to that a voluminous number of supreme court decided cases to digest?

If you have the luxury of time to read the full text of cases, you already know its benefits. Reading the full text will not only help you understand how the supreme court came about its final ruling but also the basis and decisions of the lower courts and why the supreme court affirms or reverses previous decisions are explained. The narration of facts are often lengthy, no one can argue about that, but the laying of legal basis in every decision of the court is so encompassing that it will surely help you understand how the law is applied. Not to mention, it will highly enrich your knowledge of Jurisprudence. 

Who knows? Your next question in law school might be based in one of the cases you have read.

7. Practice Answering

Now that you have read and study your law school subjects, time to test the waters. One of the most effective ways is to practice answering essay questions, preferably those previously asked in the bar exams. This will gauge your depth of knowledge about certain topics. When you understand what you read, it should be easy for you to answer the questions. Otherwise, you might need to spend more time to fully understand the topic until such time that you can discuss it with ease, and be able to answer the questions with confidence. 

By going through the past questions asked in the Philippine Bar Exams, you can have an idea of the important topics that are usually given more weight and attention in exams. 

And that’s the 7 Study Tips for Law School. I hope you learned something today. Join us in this law school journey as we inspire and help each other toward a common goal.

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BAR Topnotchers President and Vice President of the Philippines

Here are some of the greatest leaders who ever graced the Philippine government that were bar topnotchers. Arranged according to the year of Bar Exams.

President Sergio S. Osmeña
Second place, 1903 Bar Exams
4th President of the Philippines from 1944 to 1946

President Manuel A. Roxas
First place, 1913 Bar Exams
5th President of the Philippines from 1946 until his death in 1948

President Jose P. Laurel
Second place, 1915 Bar Exams
President of the Second Philippine Republic from 1943 to 1945

President Elpidio C. Quirino
Second place, 1915 Bar Exams
6th president of the Philippines from 1948 to 1953

Vice President Arturo M. Tolentino
Second place, 1934 Bar Exams
Vice President of the Philippines in 1986

President Diosdado P. Macapagal
First place, 1936 Bar Exams
9th president of the Philippines from 1961 to 1965

President Carlos P. Garcia
Seventh place, 1938 Bar Exams
8th President of the Philippines from 1957 to 1961

Vice President Emmanuel N. Pelaez
First place, 19 38 Bar Exams
6th Vice President of the philippines from 1961 to 1965

President Ferdinand E. Marcos
First place, 1939 Bar Exams
10th president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986

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Top 5 Pre-Law Courses based on 2015-2019 Bar Exams Topnotchers

What is the best pre-law course? Is there such a thing as the best pre-law course?

For a future lawyer to be admitted in law school, two of the sine qua non conditions to the admission at the college of Law are:

(1) One must be a graduate of a four year Bachelor’s Degree course from a recognized university; and

(2) One must have 18 units in English, 18 units Social Sciences, and 6 units in Mathematics in the undergraduate course. Some colleges allow students to enroll even if there are deficiencies in the required units. As long as the deficiency will be completed during your stay at the college of law. Talk to your prospect college of law for their specific policy.

Always remember that there is no such thing as the best pre-law course.

The study of the law is a great equalizer. Everybody starts from zero in their hope to surpass the college of law, and eventually pass the BAR and become Attorneys.

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Study With Me Episode 1

STUDY WITH ME | Coffee Shop | Amazon Kindle | Pomodoro Technique | With Music

Study with me for 30 minutes using Pomodoro Technique with concentration background music.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system that encourages people to study or work with the time they have—rather than against it.

Using this method, you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. This technique is becoming more popular among law school students worldwide. Join me as I study law in a coffee shop using 25-5 technique.

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Is Your English Good Enough for Law School?

Right To Be Heard

Growing in humble province painted a naive and simple picturesque of what the English Language has to offer. I thought it is just one of the academic requirements to pass, or yet another armor for high-level conversations with people who are used to uttering flowery and powerful words.

I was wrong.

Language has a personality. It is unique, distinct, and ‘sui generis’ that embodies one’s culture, origin, aspirations, and visions. I had a very thick English accent, being a native speaker who breathed out words and phrases in a loud, fast, and immodest manner. Have you heard some up north saying “crossing” or “noodles” to name a few? We smile because we understand each other, but we also smirk because what has become normal is wrong.

Language is evolving. I can still recall my first time eating in a restaurant, hearing a couple engaging in sweet conversation in French. It was love at first “heard” if there is such a thing. My housemate in Singapore, who happens to be an Italian, speaks so sexy and with utmost elegance. It came to a point that I had to enrol to a simple Italian class to learn the language prior to visiting Europe. Although it was never a challenge for me to compose a string of English words to express myself, I knew there was something wrong. Everytime I bumped into my British-Singaporean landlord in the kitchen and had a quick chat over morning coffee, she would always ask me to repeat what I was saying. I can understand her “Harry Potter” accent but she had a struggle understanding mine. Is it the thick, Ilocano accent, I have been carrying for years?

The answer is yes. After carefully thinking whether or not improving my English would benefit me, I decided to enrol in Accent Neutralization class. The few sessions I had made me realize I have been pronouncing most words wrongly, stressing the syllables in different ways, and not paying attention to passion and style the English language deserves to have.

The improvement in my spoken English has brought me to new heights. I now enjoy a more engaging conversation with other people, without worrying if they understand every word I utter. It helped me in my negotiation meetings with clients, and added a new sense of belonging to my non-Filipino friends.

At the College of Law, the English language is given high priority and utmost importance. Add to that the variety of language embedded in the constitution and law of lands. English, Old English, Latin, and other business and scientific jargons that are vital to information of the law.

As a Juris Doctor student, hoping to become a Lawyer in the future, I give emphasis to using language not as a bar to separate the academic differences in the society, but as a bridge to connect everyone towards a balanced, transparent, and equitable society. All men, whatever language they are speaking (or not speaking) should be given equal opportunities to be heard.

Let language be the strength of the oppressed, the wealth of the poor, and the freedom of the prisoners.

Language, in whatever form or origin, will always be the heartbeat that gives life to the spirit, and expression of the soul.

For when the mind cannot describe because of numbness of thought, nor when the heart cannot express because of fear, the language of the law will always be available for everyone to uphold the constitution that men shall enjoy the right to be heard.