Sunday, June 30, 2013

Finish the first half

Today is the last day of the first half of the year. It is the end of the beginning. Tomorrow is the beginning of the end. I have to study well for my classes.

Here is my simple study schedule:
Monday
AM (8-12): NEGO
PM (1-5): PUBOFF
EV (6-12): REMLAW

Tuesday
AM: NEGO
PM: PUBOFF
EV: REMLAW

Wednesday
AM: NEGO
PM: LABOR
EV: LABOR

Thursday
AM: PUBOFF
PM: PUBOFF
EV: REMLAW

Friday
AM: AGENCY
PM: AGENCY
EV: REMLAW

Saturday
AM AGENCY
PM BREAK
PM BREAK

Sunday
AM BREAK
PM BREAK
EV NEGO

I have 15 months to study for the bar exams in 2014. We'll set the first review from July to September 2013, the second from October to December 2013, the third from January to March 2014, the fourth from April to June 2014, and the fifth from July to September 2014. For the first review, we'll focus on the codes.

POLITICAL
1st month - Constitution
2nd month - Administrative law, local government
3nd month - International law, public officers

LABOR
1 Labor standards
2 Labor relations
3 Social legislation, procedure

CIVIL
1 - Persons 2 weeks, Succession 2 weeks
2 - Obligation, Contract 2 weeks, Property, Prescription, Sale, Lease, Title 2 weeks
3 - Credit transactions 2 weeks, Torts, Damages 1 week, Partnership, Agency 1 week

TAXATION
1 Income tax
2 VAT, property tax
3 procedure

COMMERCIAL
1 Corporations
2 Insurance, Transportation
3 Credit transactions, Negotiable instruments

CRIMINAL
1 Principles
2 Felonies
3 Crimes

REMEDIAL
1 Civil Procedure
2 Criminal Procedure
3 Special Proceedings, Evidence

ETHICS
1-2 Legal Ethics
3 Judicial Ethics

For June 2013, we'll review the Constitution, labor standards, persons, succession, income tax, corporation, principles in criminal law, civil procedure, and legal ethics.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to my brother Fred! He is my opposite in many ways. He is male, big, and loud. I am female, thin, and soft-spoken. He has many friends and goes out a lot. I have few friends and often stay home and study. We love each other very much.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Learn something new

1. If you plan to loan a big amount of money without security, break the total loan into smaller loans of P100,00 each. If the borrower does not pay, you can file an action in the small claims court.

2. If you are the President of the Philippines, appoint the executive officials that must be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments while Congress is in recess. These officials can start working already before the Commission on Appointments can confirm or disapprove their appointments.

Learn something new

1. If you plan to loan a big amount of money without security, break the total loan into smaller loans of P100,00 each. If the borrower does not pay, you can file an action in the small claims court.

2. If you are the President of the Philippines, appoint the executive officials that must be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments while Congress is in recess. These officials can start working already before the Commission on Appointments can confirm or disapprove their appointments.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Try and try until you succeed

Today I got two failing marks in negotiable instruments. The first failure was because I agreed with the majority that the parties to a bill of exchange are the drawer, drawee, and payee. The correct answer is only the drawer and the payee are parties. The second one was because I forgot the definition of a condition. I just said a condition is an uncertain and future event.

The same thing happened lat Saturday in Partnership, Agency & Trust because I was asked by the professor on insolvency, income tax, corporation, and co-ownership because I already took up classes on the. He even said that I should have a warranty for my previous class. Sorry, professors, I will do better.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Be healthy, wealthy, and wise

Yesterday we visited our aunt who suffered a stroke. Only my mother was able to see her, but we're glad she is alive. Then we went home and our uncle, his wife, and our cousin were waiting for us at home. They were able to find a boarding house last night. My cousin suffered appendicitis last year, but now she is all right.

My mother helps our relatives. The money she lent to them was supposed to be a loan, but now it looks like it would be a donation. You need money to pay the hospital for the operation, the scans, and the rooms. They don't have money so they ask my mother. Thank goodness, my mother is healthy and wealthy. By wealthy, I don't mean extravagantly rich, but she has money to spare for emergencies.

The doctor also told mother that stress could cause headaches and strokes. Sometimes headaches could be symptoms of a stroke. We usually get headaches when we're stressed. So we must learn to relax. I should pace myself and do not rush. Don't worry, be happy.

On Saturday, I stayed up to 2 am last Saturday to review cases for partnership. I woke up at 6 am and went to class from 9 am to noon. Though I had a nap from 1 to 3 pm, I still felt bad. I realized the importance of the saying: "Early to bed, early to rise makes man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

Friday, June 14, 2013

Research

I don't have a research topic yet, but I will definitely write about family law.
1. Article 36 (psychological incapacity) is out because it has already been exhausted.
2. Reproductive health (RH) is also out because it has probably been exhausted too.
3. I can write on the divorce bill because I believe marriage should be free.
4. I can write on support, because support can take a long time through courts.
5. I can write on illegitimate children since it's not their fault they were born that way.
6. I can write on maternal health & infant mortality as Millennium Development Goals.
7. I can write on violence against women and their children (VAWC) to stop the abuse.

I already have some research topics for other legal fields based on Facebook trends.
1. Constitutional law - Pol Medina's suspension and resignation over a comic strip
2. Administrative law - How to mitigate the yearly floods and storms in the Philippines
3. Administrative law - Official use of Filipino languages in laws, rules, and regulations
4. Labor law - Contractualization of medical staff in government hospitals - Taguig
5. Property law - Conflict in conditional land donation to local government - SM Aura
6. Property law - Government land leases to private sector - UP Technohub, BCDA
7. International law - Maritime disputes - China, Taiwan, West Philippine Sea
8. Election law - Voter education, election campaign reform, election fraud

Saturday, June 08, 2013

End and begin

Today is the second time that I will blog this month. So many things have happened this week. We turned over our cases to the new law interns and finished our summer legal practicum requirements. For me, I had to submit a form and discuss something with the director. We also enrolled and attended our first week of classes. I have no internet in the house so it is only now that I remembered to blog. I can't believe that I'm in my fourth year of studying law.

We have 16 months to go before the bar exam in 2014. Although I do not plan to march in the graduation ceremony in April 2014, I hope to graduate by June 2014 so I can take the bar exam in October 2014. Our professor in partnership, agency & trust told us that we should study as though we just took the bar and failed it. Imagining this would strike fear in us and force us to study. Fear would force us to stay awake and study better than ice and cigarettes. He also said that we should learn another language and practice whatever language we know. The more we memorize, the more we know. The more we repeat, the more we remember.

Our professor in remedial law review also told us to know the rules by heart. I feel bad in that class because I am unable to answer basic questions instantly and have to look up the provisions in the Rules of Court. I would have to prepare for the bar every day. Maybe I should also imagine every day that I will take the bar the next day so I should study well. Our professor gave us assignments to do, but we would still review the remedial law that we know next meeting. I am reading the Rules of Court every day, but I still feel that I do not know the rules by heart. My next class would be supervised legal research. We are only seven in our class.


Saturday, June 01, 2013

Begin

Today is the first day of the month. I just surfed the internet, ate out with my family, and watched television. I also told my landlady that I will be following them in their new house. I was happy to have reliable wifi at home and to see all my apps working with the wifi.

I hope to start reviewing for the bar exam this month. Start with 10 provisions per day. If I study 10 provisions per day for every bar subject, I can be finished with the entire review within a year. I'll just review 5 days per week so I have time to rest. Good luck!