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Happy Easter Bar Reviewees and TBR Marathoners

Happy Easter!

By this time, bar candidates should have started reviewing for the 2010 Bar Exams set on September. Time is not a luxury considering the volume of reading materials. Dean Villanueva of the Ateneo School of Law says that to pass the bar exams you have to read all your materials at least three (3) times. Believe it or not, I read all my materials five (5) times!

Assuming examinees start reviewing on March 5, they have a total of 149 days until the pre-week review begins.

April = 26 Days
May = 31 Days
June = 30 Days
July = 31 Days
August = 31 Days

Reading List

Here are the reading materials I used during my bar review. I suggest, however, that the examinees prepare a reading list and schedule that would fit their preferences.

Political Law and International Law
Bernas Primer
Nachura Reviewer

Labor Law
Azucena, Everyone’s Labor Code
Alcantara, Labor Law Reviewer

Civil Law
Jurado, Civil Law Reviewer
Sta. Maria, Persons and Family
Balane, Jottings in Succession + my Succession reviewer
The Civil Code

Co-Untian, Q & A
(Our bar exams did not cover Income Taxation)

Mercantile Law
Villanueva, Commercial Law Reviewer
Perez, Quizzers (Corporation Law, Negotiable Instruments, Insurance, Transportation)
Sundiang-Aquino, Other Commercial Laws

Criminal Law
Reyes, Books 1 and 2
Sandoval Reviewer
Ortega Notes
Boado, Dangerous Drugs part and Special Penal Laws

Remedial Law
Feria-Noche, Civil Procedure + my notes/reviewer
Regalado, Remedial Law Compendium Book 2
Supreme Court Benchbook
Rules of Court

Legal Ethics
Agpalo, Legal Ethics
Code of Professional Responsibility
Canons of Judicial Ethics
Sample Forms

Groundhog Day

I prepared a study schedule and tried my best to follow it religiously. I admit that it was not perfect. Nor was the execution close. The important thing at that time was to finish reading and hope it sticks. Notice that I included frequent breaks and a gym/run session to balance the physical and mental preparation. I firmly believe that a sound mind begins with a sound body. Let me share the usual routine:

6am – Wake up, Gym/Run

7am – Breakfast

8am – First Subject

10am – Break

10:15am – Resume First Subject

12nn – 1pm Lunch

1pm – Second Subject

3pm – Break

3:15pm -Resume Second Subject

5pm – Mass/Chapel Service

6pm -Dinner


8pm – Rest

8:30pm – Fix materials for next day.

Read backlog for the day (if any).

9:30pm – Lights Out

TBR Dream Marathoners

48 days to go until the TBR Dream Marathon in Nuvali. Have you logged enough mileage? How were your long runs?

Remember, it’s all in the mind! Claim the finish! Whatever happens on marathon day, the journey is the destination. Enjoy every stride of the way.

Good luck!

April 4, 2010 - Posted by | Running, The Law

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