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How to Prepare for the Bar

Atty. Reiner Yebra
“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.”
“Preparing for the bar entail physical preparedness, emotional psychological,
emotional, even financial preparedness.”
“The bar is not a difficult subject, it is just complex.”
1. Be at peace with your self. You don’t need emotional baggage. You need to
FOCUS.
a. Forgive everyone
b. Ask forgiveness
2. Prepare your materials, books and reviewers.
a. Codals: hindi lahat ng provision ng codal kailangan mong basahin.
b. You must have atleast one reviewer.
i. Ex. Political Law – Nachura
c. You don’t need to read your materials two or three times.
d. READ TO COMPREHEND. READ TO UNDERSTAND
e. Objective: read it once and fully understand.
f. FORCE YOURSELF TO READ AND UNDERSTAND NG ISANG BASA
LANG.
g. MEMORY AIDS – your main is your codal, second is your reviewer and
your last is the memory aid. It helps you to memorize, it does not help
you to understand. This is a universal truth.
i. Read your memory aid during your downtime.
ii. Ang gumagawa ng memory aid ay student and student’s
tendency is to make it comprehensive like a text book.
iii. If you don’t like memory aids: use notes like Jara Notes for light
reading.
3. Make your study area conducive for studying.
a. use ear plugs
i. wala ka tlaga marinig
ii. signals to other people not to disturb you
Goal: Setting to turn yourself into a machine.
Table is arranged is such a way you know where your pens and codals are.
Ceiling: may nakadikit na papel: “There’s plenty of time to sleep when you’re
dead.”

Count the days to the bar. you don’t know whats Labor: Read Codal GSIS and SSS Law And doctrines Civil Law: Codal and Family Code and Adoption Taxation Law: Tax Code. Admin Law: no need to read code: just Nachura International Law: No Codals Election Law: Book in UP law center Florence Silbay : magulo elec law natin kasi madami. Criminal Law 6. Read Art 1-8. MASTER THE CODAL AND YOU WILL PASS THE BAR. Commercial Law 4. Ex (Yebra’s Personal) 1. Divide the number of days you have to 8 (subjects). Political Law 7. Art. Remedial Law 2. Illegal possession of firearms: know the effects Remedial law: Civil Pro and Evid – very important. Commercial Law: Read Nego. 17. SCA – Book 1 :all the writs – Data. Labor Law 8. Amparo. In POLI LAW: 1987 Consti provision. Then write the material that youll use: first: study codals. Insurance. include VAT and :consti provision on tax and local government code. a. What to study for Ethics? a. gumawa kayo. Civil Law 3. You need extra 10-15 days as buffers days kasi malamang magkakasakit kayo or cram days. Canon of Judicial Ethics c. For book 2: Use reviewer. PLOT IN YOUR CALENDAR PLANNER. This will be your guide because you may loose track of time. Ask yourself per subject kung maalam ba ako dito? Or. b.three or four days. Corpo IP n SRC: Reviewer nalang Special law: extrajudicial foreclosure Criminal Law: Use codal in book 1. Try to make a system: hindi pwedeng bara-bara. Code of Professional Responsibility b. Ethics. Get a paper and assess yourself: rank the subjects from 1-8. Transpo. Then study reviewer. If wala.4. Lawyer’s Oath Buy a calendar planner. Kalikasan . Example: (Top 4: 20 days) Kailangan hindi mo ma exhaust lahat ng target days mo. Taxation Law 5. mahina ako dito? Determine your level of proficiency.

Saturday is crunch time. the trees. tiisin nyo ang codal. Banana. After codal. Because sa Bar. You want to make it good in the bar. the sky. When you’re taking the bar. Read directions carefully. DON’T MEMORIZE CODAL PROVISIONS. So youll know how much time you’ll spend with each question. You play with the cards you are dealt with. ATTEND PRE-WEEK LECTURES/REVIEWERS. During the Bar: 1. BAR is a game of probability. Study: 8-12 Lunch Break: 12-1 Study: 1-5 Dinner: 6-7 Dapat ang break time should not be Saturday. 100 pages a day. Red notes or red book: just choose one. Start with your codal as your map. Very important: read the case digest. Usually. See the law as one big story. Move on to the next subject even if you don’t finish one subject. Date time: Sunday Night or Monday Morning. What is the law trying to tell me? Get the big picture. Always bring your watch. Wake up: 7am Bath and Eat: 1 hour. Section 1. Pre-week: September if the bar is on October. What the first thing you’ll do? Count the number of questions. you should think like a lawyer. Its so boring. Sa umpisa and codal mahirap. read your reviewers. Develop a system.Why do you have to read the codal? Ang batas ay isang malaking storya lang yan. Read the cases where the ponente is the chairman. Have a working knowledge of the law in general. 4. Ex. Be conscious of its interplay. Energy Drink. 2. . Browse what is important. Doggie Bag: Mineral Water. Studying the law is like a walk in the forest: you look at everything – the birds. Don’t focus on one article lang. And lecturers are more adept in predicting kung anu ang mga lalabas. 3. And divide the number of minutes to the questions. Energy Drink. etc. Meds to control bowel movement.

4. In answering essay type questions look for the correct issue. 2. Process of elimination or deduction. When you’re answering. You need clarity of mind.5. If you missed a number: just put a note “N. You are now reading for the purpose of answering. How to attack a problem? Bakit hindi makaperfect sa essay? 4 Pillars or Parameters 1. In answering MCQs: look for the wrong answer. Have a margin. This is direct to the point. it can be categorized into two: simple question. Is the contention valid? When the question says: decide the case. . 3.” “Decide on the outcome that you want then take action” “Accept the truth that you will make a mistake. Wag ka muna mag analyze. Read the questions 2 or 3 times. Do not cite specific provisions or cases. application. That’s the time you start underline and cross out some of the facts. Write sa side ng questionnaire mga key words. Second: cite basis. my answer to number (that you missed) is on the last page. those which we do not understand” Panic is your first enemy. All questions start with a single idea. Fouth.” 2. therefore or the repetition of the question. “Nothing worth having is easy. Wholistic. 6. First reading of the problem. Traditional way. Answer all questions. Syllogism. “Don’t impress the examiner. Third. HOW YOU SHOULD ANSWER ESSAY QUESTIONS? 1. Practice answering questions. 8. Now it is surrounded with relevant facts and irrelevant facts. In answering essay. Do not panic. Look a the bigger picture. minor then conclusion. 9. That’s the draft of your answer. Polish your method of answer. use indentation. 7. in the case. Use a simple language. Don’t use “former” or “latter” 10. “We fear.” Bar exam is a numbers game. A more elaborate answer is required. Third reading. In citing just say: “the law states…” “jurisprudence provides…”. Don’t use legalistic words. Second reading. Read the questions carefully. Use elementary language. Major.B. First sentence is the conclusion. Address all issues.

You are expected to address all these issues. .Sometimes there are many issues. In transportation law and the passenger is carrying a baggage it is now a necessary deposit and not a contract of carrier. You must inform the common carrier. Necessary deposit. Ex. only due diligence is required. Necessary Deposit.