So you’re done earning your degree and currently getting ready to take the bar examination this year and need a few tips and tricks on how to pass? Then you’re in luck.
In this article, we’ve laid a few tips and tricks that can definitely help how to study for the bar exam in the Philippines. Read below to find out more.
- 1. Enroll in a review school
- 2. Create a study schedule and plan
- 3. Master the basics
- 4. Don’t study new textbooks.
- 5. Assess the teachers in review school
- 6. Stick to case digests
- 7. You can master by practicing previous questions from the Philippine Bar Exams
- 8. Have a study buddy
- 9. Don’t forget to take breaks all throughout the day
- 10. Initiate a second reading
- 11. Make use of the school’s Bar Operations
- What to do after taking the Philippine Bar Exams
- What to do if you fail the Philippine Bar Exams
1. Enroll in a review school
Though not a requirement for all candidates – enrolling in a review school is definitely a commendable recommendation.
While self-study and a dedicated study schedule are still the most important items for the Bar Exams, review schools would undoubtedly help you optimize your exam preparation.
Many review schools also conduct mock Bar Exams as if conducted by the Supreme Court, which not only teaches you how to answer questions correctly but also assesses your handwriting and legal skills. Most review teachers also give ‘Bar hints,’ or questions that are expected to surface on the Bar Exams.
2. Create a study schedule and plan
Have a study schedule five to six months before the Philippine Bar Exams. Create dates that are neither too tight nor too lax. highlighters, Prepare the research materials, including pens, Manila papers, and markers.
3. Master the basics
You can never go wrong when mastering the basics. No matter how complex the question, the fundamentals are still ready to aid you.
4. Don’t study new textbooks.
Stick to the law school manuals and reviewers you’ve already reviewed.
5. Assess the teachers in review school
You are not required to take the review class on a daily basis. Determine whether it is easier to study alone or in school. Examine your knowledge of the subject, the qualifications of the professor teaching the class, and the quality of the class itself.
6. Stick to case digests
Toss out the argument about whether to read cases in their entirety or depend on case summaries. In summary, you really do not have the patience to read the cases in their entirety. Go for digests.
7. You can master by practicing previous questions from the Philippine Bar Exams
Questions in the Bar Examination, like any other test, are often repeated. Read through the past Bar Examination. Compare and contrast the types of questions that are often asked. You will use this series of books called “Pareto Notes” to do this for you.
8. Have a study buddy
It is not a good idea to establish study groups since everybody has different routines and study habits. It is, however, advised that you have a research partner with whom you can bounce questions or toss tips for the Bar exams.
9. Don’t forget to take breaks all throughout the day
It is advised to study every day, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. However, don’t overdo it. Throughout the day, take frequent breaks. Manage your time enough that you can also watch Netflix, go on Facebook, or go out to dinner with a friend.
10. Initiate a second reading
Plan the second reading of your research materials to help cement the information in your head.
11. Make use of the school’s Bar Operations
They are there to assist you. Inquire whether they have any notes. Don’t forget to thank them for their time and effort.
What to do after taking the Philippine Bar Exams
Now you just have to wait for the results.
The examiners review the booklets for about six months (from November to May), the Supreme Court encodes the ratings, and the Justices hold a session en banc (as a group) and announce the results.
Meanwhile, candidates can take a much-needed break or, if you’re eager to get back to work, apply as an underbar associate to law firms or as a legal assistant to government departments.
What to do if you fail the Philippine Bar Exams
Mourn, and then take it again. There is no limit on the number of times you will take the Philippine Bar Exams.
Examinees who have failed the tests three times will be excluded from taking another test until they participate in and complete a standard fourth-year assessment class as well as a pre-bar review course at a recognized law school.