SURVIVING LAW SCHOOL

Atty. Moumina Sheryne “Mia” L. Domadalug
2015 Bar Exam Passer

What is your mission?
Answer: To make sure that when you graduate from law school, you are
equipped not only with the legal knowledge but also with the right skills in
order to tackle the Bar Exam.
Some Tips:
1. Finish reading textbooks on any given subjects esp. Bar subjects;
2. Make your own notes and FLASHCARDS;
3. Experiment on the sign pen of your preference and use it all through law
school;
4. Polish your command of the English language. You should not sound too
layman but neither should you be too legalese. Find a balance.
5. COMPREHENSION OVER MEMORIZATION.
6. BE PRO-ACTIVE IN LEARNING - do not be passive waiting to be
spoon-fed.
7. Develop your own style of answering exam questions.
CLAC/IRAC vs. ‘WEAVING’
CLAC/IRAC

WEAVING
ADVANTAGES
1. Answer is readily apparent.
1. NOT BORING - Refreshes the mind
2. An opportunity to showcase one’s of the examiner;
memorization skills.
2. An opportunity to showcase the
3. Safe way to answer.
one’s command of the English
language;
3. TIME-SAVER both for the examinee
& the examiner
4. Show potential lawyerly skills
DISADVANTAGES
1. Too long - examiner will be too 1. Examinee’s answer may run the
strained to read all.
risk of being too short but NOT
2. Examinee runs the risk of mental concise.
block.
2. Not advisable for examinees
3. Unless laws are quoted verbatim, whose command of the English
CLAC does not make the examinee language is not exactly satisfactory.
stand out.
EXAMPLE
Zet threatened Paolo with a toy gun Dennis leased his apartment to Myla
and demanded from him his mobile for P10,000 a month. Myla failed to
phone. Thinking that it was a real pay the rent for 3months. Gabriel ,
gun, Paolo started to run though. the son of Dennis, prepared a demand
Zet gave a chase but before Paolo letter falsely alleging that his father
could run farther away from the had authorized him to collect the
former, bystanders Jun and Shawn unpaid rentals. Myla paid the unpaid

also pursued Paolo as the latter was
mistaken by the duo for a robber.
Upon seeing this, Zet desisted.
When Jun and Shawn finally caught
up with Paolo, he was mauled and
beaten to death by them. May Zet
be held criminally liable for the killing
of Paolo? (2015 BAR)

rentals to
payment.

SUGGESTED ANSWER:
No, Zet may not be held criminally
liable for the killing of Paolo.

SUGGESTED ANSWER:
YES. Gabriel committed the crime of
Estafa by means of deceit. By falsely
pretending to possess the authority to
collect, Gabriel deceived Myla into
parting with her money to her
damage and prejudice. Therefore, the
crime of Estafa was committed by
him.

Under Criminal Law, a person is not
liable for the consequences of his
felonious act if the wrong done is not
the proximate cause of his felonious
act.

Gabriel

who

kept

the

Did Gabriel commit a crime? Explain.
(2008 BAR)

Here while Zet may have initially
committed a felonious act against
Paolo, i.e., robbery, such is not the
proximate cause of his death. Under
the circumstances, the fact that Jun
and Shawn had mauled and beaten
Paolo after Zet desisted is an efficient
cause that intervened between Zet’s
felonious act and the killing of the
victim.
Hence Zet may not be held criminally
liable for Paolo’s death.
8. “KNOW THYSELF.” - Socrates
9. HAVE THE RIGHT INTENTIONS. DO NOT JUST BE AMBITIOUS, BE
CURIOUS. Do not just dream of becoming a lawyer. Rather, find that sincere
interest in the study of law and be passionate about it.
10. When you have done all your best, surrender yourself to the Soundest
Discretion of The One Who is the Source of All Knowledge, The Merciful, The
benificent.
Best of luck, ‘pañeros & ‘pañeras…
May the force be with you! :-)