Life Of A Law Student

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Date: January 25, 2019 (28 days ago)


I liked being challenged because it pushes me to do better. I admit that if I am not challenged, I tend to just relax. I'm not saying that being relaxed is a bad thing, but I just like to see what more I can do, what my limits are.

Since I'm studying in San Beda, I'll give you an overview of what happens in my day as a law student. I think this will be better as a vlog, but I am really hopeless when it comes to editing videos. But maybe in the future, who knows?

In the first year, first semester in San Beda, the subjects areStatutory Construction, Constitutional Law I, Persons and Family Relations, Legal Research and Writing, Criminal Law I, and Sem.Classes usually startat 4:30pm and can last up until 9:30pm.It really depends on your subjects for the day. When I was in my first sem, my load was pretty light because I usually have only 1 subject a day, so that was really nice. The sad thing was that I had classes on Saturdays, so I barely went home because I'd seriously rather sleep on a Sunday than to travel to Bulacan.

My day usually goes like this:


6:15 am – wake up

6:30 am -eat light breakfast (just so I have something in my stomach because I can't study when I'm hungry)

7:00 am – do my writing duties (if I'm on the mood, otherwise I just watch whatever series I want)

9:00 am – start reading the assigned chapters (usually, they're like 50 pages and up. Good thing I'm a fast reader, so this wasn't a big problem for me. But I do read the topics twice because I don't like taking chances. I don't like the feeling of not knowing the answer when the professor asks me)

12:00 noon – lunch (and do stuff other than studying. My mind can't study for more than 3 hours. I get dizzy)

1:30 pm – start reading cases if there are any (I'll check beforehand if the cases are long. If they are only like 5-10 pages, I'll read them a few hours before class. If they're long, I'll read them the night before)

3:30 pm – start preparing for class

4:00 pm -eat something because sometimes, class ends up until 9 pm, and I don't want to be hungry during recitations

4:30 pm – prepare for death

9:30 pm – go home and sleep (I don't try to study after class because my mind's still traumatized from the recitation)


This is myusualschedule. Although I try to follow this every day, it really depends on the kind of subject I'm supposed to study. For example, Criminal Law I is averydemanding subject. Back during my first sem in first year, my CrimLaw I was on Friday and Saturday, but I'd start studying on Monday because it's that demanding! It was so stressful because my professor was notorious for failing a lot of students, and I didn't want to be a part of that statistic. So I try to study as early as possible because if I get asked about a case, I wanted to be able to recite the facts, issues, and ruling. Sometimes, a professor will ask you what is the color of the perpetrator's t-shirt, what kind of weapon was used, what kind of vehicle was used, was the victim stabbed on the right or left palm, were there any justifying circumstances, were there any accomplices—you know,funthings. You can never be too prepared because you'll never know what you're going to be asked. One time, when I was reciting, I forgot the names of the people involved in a case that when I was reciting, I was like, "Someone stabbed someone with a weapon."Funtimes, you know? My professor mocked me because I couldn't produce a single name.

If you're curious about what happens in a typical law school class, it's usually just students praying for their lives. Seriously. Ialways, alwayspray that if I ever get called, I hope it's something I studied for. Trust me, it's not a pleasant feeling when you know you studied so hard but somehow, ended up not being able to recite. It's just so horrible. Anyway, professors have index cards and sometimes, they shuffle, sometimes they do not. If you're lucky enough to get called, you have to stand up and answer the question. A useful tip I can give is thatneveranswer more than what you're being asked. Seriously. Just give the answer to the question because if you try to be a smartass and give an answer to a question that wasn't asked, it might open a black hole. The professor will ask you questions about subjects you haven't even taken yet! And if you can't answer the question, the person called next has to suffer. So, just don't, okay? Stick to the question.

If you're curious about the type of exam, it's usually the essay type. The usual number of questions is 10, but some professors will give 17 (I almost cried when I saw that there were 17 questions with sub-questions! I mean, how would I even finish that in an hour and a half?! Crazy, but I did finish! I guess fear is a very compelling factor.) Per number, there will be a situation and your task is to determine the violation (if there is any) and the applicable law. I put a sample question below:


Tonito, an 8-year-old boy, was watching a free concert at the Luneta Park with his father Tony. The child stood on a chair to be able to see the performers on the stage. Juanito, a 10-year-old boy, who was also watching the concert, could not see much of the performance on the stage because Tonito was blocking his line of sight by standing on the chair. Using his elbow, Juanito strongly shoved Tonito to get a good view of the stage. The shove caused Tonito to fall to the ground. Seeing this, Tony struck Juanito on the head with his hand and caused the boy to fall and to hit his head on a chair. Tony also wanted to strangle Juanito but the latter's aunt prevented him from doing so. Juanito sustained a lacerated wound on the head that required medical attention for 10 days.

Tony was charged withchild abusein violation of Sec. 10(a), in relation to Sec. 3(b)(2), of R.A. No. 7610(Child Abuse Law)for allegedly doing an"act bydeedsor words whichdebases,degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of a child as a human being."In his defense, Tony contended that he had no intention to maltreat Juanito, much less to degrade his intrinsic worth and dignity as a human being.



(a) Distinguish crimesmala inse from crimesmala prohibita.(3%)

(b) Was Tony criminally liable forchild abuseunder R.A. No. 7610? Explain your answer. (3%)

I tried to look for my midterm booklet in CrimLaw, but I couldn't find it (maybe because I buried it already? My grade was so devastating, but I pulled through haha lol). Anyhow, the question above was the same type of question you'll encounter if you ever try to go to law school. You have to analyze the problem, and give your legal basis. You really have to know the law because without legal basis, you won't get a point.


In connection with this, you have to have a good command of the English language. Every recitation is conducted using the English language, so you better be comfortable to recite in English. Don't worry if you're stuttering because trust me, it gets better in time. Personally, you won't hear me talking in English during my day to day conversations because it's just not who I am as a person (lol), but during recitations, I believe that I can handle myself well (because I don...

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looking4something
January 25, 2019 (28 days ago)

just curious...why tell these things in this site?

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Hector1972
January 25, 2019 (28 days ago)

It's a blog and we welcome ideas and feelings provided it's in good taste and well-written. Your curiosity is also welcome in this site.

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DuraLexSedLex
January 26, 2019 (28 days ago)

Hehehe

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Helen_90
January 26, 2019 (28 days ago)

Not a law student but had a Constitution and Business Laws in college and I had the same nightmares especially during short quizzes. The lawyer professor would give one question and you must answer either YES or NO, then why? If you hit the right answer then at least you'll get a grade even if your explanation is incorrect. If not then it's zero hahaha.

I particularly liked the Constitution back then. I thought it was fun.

I'm a happy camper.

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DuraLexSedLex
January 26, 2019 (28 days ago)

Did your profs use index card for recitation too? Huhuhu May trauma na ako!

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Helen_90
January 26, 2019 (28 days ago)

Yes. Prayer helped hahaha. Panay basa lang and I was very resourceful. I had friends sa other class nya kaya may tips in advance. Natatandaan ko na naghahanap pa ako ng mga possible na pinagkukuhanan nya ng mga questions sa exam hahaha.

I'm a happy camper.

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DuraLexSedLex
January 26, 2019 (28 days ago)

Omg! Ganyan din ako. Di sapat na matalino ka lang dapat madiskarte ka rin. Hehe

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oliverjohnholmes
January 26, 2019 (28 days ago)

(I know I did answer this case, but I am currently bored and might as well do something productive).

for a) Mala in Se is an act which requires intent to be deemed criminal or illegal. An example is estafa, which requires deceit to considered as an illegal act. Mala prohibita on the other hand is an act is deemed prohibited or illegal by itself, without need to divine intent. An example is illegal possession of an ugly face, which for all intents and purposes, by its existence is a nuisance and therefore illegal.

b) Yes, Juanito is deemed liable under RA 7610. The act of striking a child on the head, is considered as falling within the definition of the illegal acts under the law. Juanito may also be further prosecuted for frustrated homicide (hitting the boy in the head causing the child to fall and hit his head on a chair).

As for someone who has been both on the receiving end and giving end of the index card shuffle, always remember the purpose is to enhance learning.

my skills pay the bills!

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Bebeko
January 26, 2019 (28 days ago)

It never entered my mind to study law. But for some reason ay nag-eenjoy akong magbasa ng legal reasoning like yung “Clear and present danger” doctrine by US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes among others. Kapag nagbabasa ako ng mga ganyan ay parang magic sa akin yung words na hindi ko rin maipaliwanag and the way the opinion is wriiten in such a way na kahit YES ay magiging NO ka dahil very persuasive at times.

I can almost compare it into listening to Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne or Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.  It’s like heaven. Maybe it’s just me na hindi student of law but who cares haha.

Galingan mo pa at sipagan. May ilang law students tayo dito sa site like you na tyak nakakarelate sayo.

Good job!

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Alexxxxx
January 27, 2019 (26 days ago)

I like reading about law.the reasoning.how lawyer win cases.am.intersted in such kind idea even am old na.learning has no limits. Tuloy mo lang.

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PrinceChe97
January 27, 2019 (26 days ago)

Thats what her life is gonna be too, no wonder she doesnt entertain men, thats good, dont wanna be a bother too.
I know itll be hard tho, those sub questions are advanced, looks awesome, i wanna get in to that kind of thing, i do love writing, but the time pressure is a demon lol

She smiles naughtily when I turn into her Deadman :}

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tigerwoods
January 27, 2019 (26 days ago)

Hi! Can we be chatmates? I’d love to discuss with you more of this. I can help you get through this😊

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tigerwoods
January 27, 2019 (26 days ago)

Hi! Can we be chatmates? I’d love to discuss more of this with you. And I can help you get through with this😊

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wattleferdz
February 11, 2019 (12 days ago)

You'd get through your phase, don't worry. I was there before and a working one, mind you. Finished law school and passed the bar without taking leave of absence nor anybody from the office knowing I was taking the bar.

If you want someone to chat with what you're going through, you can send me a pm. don't worry, you'll get past this stage and you'll happily laugh about it after.

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