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2015 BAR REVIEW PRIMER

Compiled by:

SHEENA TENGCO

(4th year Batch Representative)

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RAOUL ANGELO d.F.ATADERO


Cum laude, Valedictorian

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MATERIALS
Cast as wide a net as possible for your 1st reading. Try to read or at least browse through as many books as you can for
that you think are useful and those you are comfortable with. Further, by reading a range of materials, youll get at the very
least a vague familiarity of many different things vague as this may be, you can never tell when such stock knowledge at
the back of your mind might be needed.
Stick to the Beaten Path. Index your chosen study materials with those recommended by people who have taken and
eccentric!
Stick to Review Books or Reviewers. Resist the temptation to re-read your law school textbooks for Bar Review when there
more than one reading. If you feel that the available review materials for a particular topic dont quite meet your standards,
then make exceptions. Make these exceptions few and far between, however.
Organize your materials properly. Boxes, folders, bags, it doesnt matter organize your materials in such a way that you
I forgot I already had because my things were in a sad state of disarray.
prudence that have not been incorporated into your books and review materials. Bring them along to lectures so you can

SCHEDULING

have as much time, this time, so you may want to change this a bit.

scheduled [i.e. Criminal to Political Law] that way, Ill end my last reading reviewing for the immediately coming exam.
While I personally didnt have the organization to use a stopwatch, it might be helpful for you.
Take Breaks. Breaks are necessary and highly encouraged. So long as youre able to meet your quota of study hours, be
generous with study breaks and breaks for meals. My library study buddies will attest to my frequent internet breaks, runs
to the mall for milk tea, or just taking time to walk around.
during bar review season, though take note we had 7 months to review.
Study Goal Fails. Dont be too hard on yourself when you fail to meet the study goals youve set for the day, week, or month.
I fell short on a lot of days.
OTHER GENERAL TIPS

cannot afford to get sick, so exercise, eat well, and take vitamins if necessary. If youre a stress eater, this will offset the Bar
in some exercise, dont spend all your time at the gym getting yourself bikini-ready.
Talk it Out. It helped me to take breaks to talk to the people I was studying with. Apart from gossip (an excellent way to

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relax), we discussed things in our study materials we were confused with this was an excellent learning exercise.

Dont Force It. If by the end of the day youre very tired and sleepy, dont force yourself to study when you cant process or
retain what youre reading anyway. Sleep and continue the next day.
Pray. When youve studied harder than youve ever done before, theres nothing else to do but trust in some higher power.

TYPICAL STUDY DAY [This is ideal because I tended to be liberal with my days]:

Head to the mall for lunch [as the exams approached, the mall was replaced with the cafeteria].
Head to the cafeteria for dinner.
Study until the library closes.
Sleep at around 11pm.

MY READING LIST
SUBJECTS

Political Law

Labor Law

Taxation

BOOKS

Bernas Primer

Azucena
Everybodys Labor Code
[aka Green Book]
Alcantara Labor Law
Reviewer [Just Social
Legislation]
Codal
Mamalateo Tax
Reviewer [1st Reading
Only]
Co-untian TaxDigest
Codal
Casasola Annotated

NOTES &
REVIEWERS

Jimenez Recent
Jurisprudence

Ateneo Bar Ops


Reviewer
Disini Social
Legislation Tables

Primus (Domondon)

THE ESSENTIALS

Bernas Primer
non-Consti portions.

Azucena
Everybodys Labor Code
Ateneo Bar Ops
Reviewer

Co-untian Tax
Digest
Primus (Domondon)

LGC [Local Taxation


and Real Property
Taxation]

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Civil Law

BOOKS

NOTES &
REVIEWERS

Codal
Sempio-Diy Family
Code
Balane Succession
[1st Reading Only, then
switch to Champ Reynos

Del Castillo Class

Jurado Civil Law


Reviewer [1st Reading
Only, excluding Family
Aquino Land Titles
[1st Reading Only,
only those parts in the
Syllabus]

THE ESSENTIALS

Codal
Damages
Atty. Balanes Book
Credit Transactions
Delos Angeles

Selected Commercial

Mercantile Law

Sundiang
Commercial Law
Reviewer
Villanueva
Commercial Law
Reviewer [1st Reading
Only, only Corporation

Jimenez Recent
Jurisprudence

Sundiang
Commercial Law
Reviewer
Selected Commercial

Instruments Made Easy


[1st Reading Only]

Remedial Law

Codal
Riano Civil
Procedure, Criminal
Procedure, Evidence [1st

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SUBJECTS

BOOKS

Legal Ethics

Codal
Aguirre Legal Ethics
Reviewer
Pao Legal Ethics
Reviewer
Philippine Judicial
Academy Annotated
Code of Judicial Conduct

Criminal Law

NOTES &
REVIEWERS

THE ESSENTIALS

Gregorio Criminal
Law Review [1st Reading
Only]
De Castro Special
Penal Laws [1st Reading
Only]
Sandoval Special
Penal Laws [1st Reading
Only]
Boado Criminal Law

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PART I:
During Bar Review Season
1. How do I approach the Bar Review season?
I will say this repetitively all throughout this guide:
THERE IS NO FIXED RULE FOR PREPARING FOR THE BAR EXAMS.

study habits, and an honest appraisal of your four years of education in law school.
Be very honest with yourself as to what you can or cannot do. The bar review month is not a time to indulge in reading
every single material that comes your way. It is also not the time to do leisure reading.
HOWEVER YOU PREPARE FOR THE BAR, APPROACH THESE SIX MONTHS WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY. TIME
IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE.
FAIL TO APPROACH THE BAR WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY, AND YOU RISK LOSING A YEAR OF YOUR LIFE.
TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY.

WHAT GETS YOU THROUGH THE FOUR WEEKS OF THE BAR EXAMS IS NOT YOUR SIX MONTHS OF REVIEW,
BUT THE FOUR YEARS YOU SPENT IN LAW SCHOOL.
I fought my way through the whole bar month by invoking the concepts and principles I had memorized, understood, and
mastered in law school. Much of what I read throughout the six months, I could not recall.
The six months you have is simply your opportunity to REVIEW everything you encountered in law school. It is not the
time to learn everything all over again. Six months may seem like a lot of time right now, but in the blink of an eye, itll be

The good news is that you are not starting from scratch.
to recall it all again in time for the exams.
Keep this formula in mind when planning your schedule:
20% OF YOUR TIME SHOULD BE SPENT FOR REVIEWING THE 80% YOU ALREADY KNOW.
80% SHOULD BE SPENT ON STUDYING THE 20% YOU WINGED OR DID NOT COVER DURING THE FOUR YEARS.
If you winged your way throughout Law School, adjust the proportion to a 60-40 distribution.
THE BAR EXAM IS MORE OF AN EMOTIONAL RATHER THAN AN INTELLECTUAL HURDLE. THUS, LEARN HOW
TO MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS.
Remember that it is impossible to know everything and master everything in six months. Learn how to handle disappointment when you are forced to revise your schedule, when you try to answer a sample exam questionnaire and you come
out with the wrong answer, and when others discuss matters you have no freakin idea about.

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How many readings should I do?

READ AS MUCH AND AS REPETITIVELY AS YOU CAN UNTIL IT STICKS IN YOUR HEAD.
When I assessed myself, I realized that I was strong in the morning subjects - Poli, Rem, Comm and Civ. I was weak in
the afternoon subjects - Labor, Tax, Crim, and Ethics. So, I ! only did one reading each for the morning subjects, and at
least two readings for the afternoon subjects. In fact, I did three readings for Criminal Law. I also read original cases for
Tax.

even did not complete one reading, but still passed.

only up to 50 pages a day, but he knows and remembers every letter of what he read.
It all depends on your ability to process and store the information you read.

To me, 100 pages, at 8 hours is optimal. The next


day, go through those pages before you begin to move forward. That way, you reinforce your learning daily. By the time
you get to the end of a book, you would have read it three times.

readings to master the material and you need only one, then he is no less than you, and vice versa. Just check with one
another, but dont be pressured to get ahead or along with their pace.
c. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO READING THE CODALS. IT IS YOUR FAILSAFE MATERIAL AND IF YOU MASTER IT, I
GUARANTEE YOU, YOU WILL PASS THE BAR.
d. MASTER THE LAW, AND NOT THE MATERIAL. In short, do not master the Bernas Reviewer, master the constitutional
principles enunciated therein.
e. PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE INTRODUCTORY PRINCIPLES OF EVERY SUBJECT. THEY WILL SAVE
YOU WHEN YOU DO NOT RECALL THE PARTICULAR LAW OR RULE IN ANSWERING A QUESTION. For example,
in my criminal law bar exam, I answered a question by discussing the differences between the classical and the positiv-

rules of procedure are not applicable in labor cases. I PASSED.


f. MAKE A LIST OF POWERLINES PER SUBJECT, AND MASTER THEM WITH PRECISION. By Powerlines, i mean
certain fundamental doctrines in jurisprudence which you should be able to state with full clarity and precision in your
full points as opposed to always stating the doctrine in your own words. They give the examiner the impression that you
know your law.

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Sample power lines:

POWERLINE

PUNCHLINE

It is well-settled that certiorari is not a substitute for an, as


it lies only to correct errors of jurisdiction and not errors of
law, which are the proper subject of the latter.

Certiorari lies only to correct grave abuse of discretion,


not errors of law.

It is basic that technical rules of procedure and evidence


suited for judicial proceedings are not applicable in labor
cases. Therefore, labor cases can be decided on the

In labor cases, technical rules of procedure are not


required because they can be decided only with the use

Well-settled is the rule that once a party consents to


an undertaking, he is bound to all the consequences of
complying with his obligations in good faith.

his obligations to the other party.

Both statements express the same point, but who do you think creates a better impression? List those doctrines down
and be ready to invoke them with full conviction.
g. THE BAR EXAM IS ALL ABOUT GENERAL RULES AND EXCEPTIONS, NOT ABOUT EXCEPTIONS TO EXCEPTIONS. THERE IS NO NEED TO USE VERY COMPLICATED MATERIAL.
What materials should I use?
Be guided by my answer to the preceding question. That being said, this is the ideal formula:
Bar Review Months:
ONE or TWO REVIEW BOOKS PER BAR SUBJECT + ONE COMPREHENSIVE REVIEWER + CODE
Pre-Week:

TO READ) + RECENT JURISPRUDENCE


There is only so much you can read in six months.
AVOID PHOTOCOPYING THE WORLD. GET NEW MATERIALS ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE MASTERED THE ONES
YOU INITIALLY ACQUIRED.

people. I also wasted so much time hustling to and from Blessings to get materials I never even highlighted. The hour or
so you spend waiting at Blessings could be spent mastering the material you already have.

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SUBJECTS

BOOKS

PRE-WEEK
REVIEWER

REVIEWERS

Jack Jimenez Recent

Political Law

Bernas Primer
Jack Jimenez Political
Law Compendium
Sarmiento PIL
Reviewer

Agra Admin, Public


and Pubcorp Reviewers
Candelaria PIL Outline

Jack Jimenez Poli


Law Pre-Week Lecture
Recordings (Tips to!)
Beda Red Book (BRB)
(GT)

Labor Law

Civil Law

Taxation Law

Commercial Law

Abad Compendium
on Labor Law
Chan Bar Reviewer on
Labor Law
Jurado Civil Law
Reviewer (be wary of
typos, and overturned
doctrines, but still, very
very useful)
Paras Pre-Week
Handbook
Unli-CODAL

Marlon Manuel
Powerpoint Slides
Marlon Manuel
Lecture Recordings

Chan-Pre Week
Reviewer; or
BRB or GT

Zuniga Sectrans
Reviewer

Albano Recent
Jurisprudence
BRB or GT

Mamalateo Reviewer
on Taxation (be wary
of outdated rates and
correct them, but still,
the sample questions are
golden)
Tax I and II Originals
(in my case)

Mickey Ingles
Reviewer (since this
is updated, use this to
correct Mamalateo rates)
Ortega Lecture
Recordings on Remedies
and VAT (from Baste)

Sundiang Reviewer on
Commercial Law
Perez Quizzer and
Reviewers (this is highly
recommended - put
them together and its
like a Jurado of sorts for
commercial law)

Jack Jimenez
Transcripts and Jack
Jimenez Pre-Week
LectureRecordings (Tips
to!)

or
BRB or GT

Jack Jimenez
Jurisprudence
BRB or GT

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Criminal Law

BOOKS

PRE-WEEK
REVIEWER

REVIEWERS

need to read his SPL


Book)

Ramon Esguerra
GT

really suck at crim like


me)
Unli-CODAL

Remedial Law

Riano Civpro,
Crimpro, and Evidence;
Unli-CODAL

Magdangal De Leon
Provrem, SCA and

Antiquierra Comments
and Cases on Ethics

Ethics

Beda Reviewer

Albano Recent
Jurisprudence
GT
Codal

4. Should I just study on my own, or should I study with other people?

study with others, especially by September. HINDI PWEDENG KULONG KA ALL THE WAY, UNLESS IKAW SI JAKE
TABORA AT ALAM MO NA ANG LAHAT.
5. Should I keep watch for rumored examiners?

SUBJECT (2013)

RUMORED EXAMINER

ACTUAL EXAMINER

Tax / Comm

Dimaampo

Bunag (BROD!)

Crim / Comm

Esguerra

Poli

Esguerra

Civ

Dimaampo

KUNG AYAW MONG MANIWALA SA KIN, BAHALA KANG MAG-SAYANG NG PERA KABIBILI NG LIBRO NG
RUMORED EXAMINER.
6. Which Bar Review Program is the Best?

BASTE:
Pros: For 14k, you get a copy of all lecture notes, Mock bar exams is only for P150.00, with discussion after. Good line-up
of Profs, and Barrister service is great.
Cons: Library sucks.

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Pros: Great Venue.!
Cons: Everything else.
UP:
Pros: Cheap enrollment fee, cheap food options, great and refreshing place for those who love greenery.
Cons: Ang layo sa Makati.
CHAN ROBLES:
Pros: Access to all review lectures and materials via the Chan Robles Bar Review site, so you can study in the comfort of
your home.
Cons: The Philippines has the worst and most unreliable broadband speed in the world.
BEST DEAL GOES TO: BASTE.
7. Should I attend all the Bar Review Lectures?
NO. Attend only those lectures for those subjects you are weak at. In fact, dont attend at all if you feel it will be a waste of
your time. BUT ATTEND THE PRE-WEEK LECTURES.
8. Where should I study?
WHERE YOU FEEL YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BEST STUDY.

inconsiderate law students), or at home (if you can handle the monotony). In my case, I left the country to be away from
distractions. The money spent was worth it.
Rule of Thumb:
STUDY AT SCHOOL WITH OTHERS AS THE BAR MONTH APPROACHES. YOU NEED TO ENGAGE IN DISCUSSION
WITH OTHER BAR REVIEWEES.
9. How long should I study?
IDEALLY, 10-12 HOURS A DAY.
OPTIMALLY, 6-8 HOURS A DAY. TREAT IT LIKE A 9-5.
RESPECT YOUR WEEKENDS. YOU NEED IT TO AVOID BURNOUT.
10.
should keep in mind?
In an ideal world, I would have done the following things:
1. Do at least three readings (read - repeat - master) for all subjects.
2. One review book, one comprehensive reviewer, and UNLI-Codal.
3. Take a mock bar exam after completing every subject, and get feedback regarding the way I answer.

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5. Avoided studying on the night before the exam.


7. EVERYTHING I HAD PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN ALL CAPS.
See you in Part II.

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SUBJECTS

BOOKS
Bernas, 1987 Philippine
Constitution

Political Law

Labor Law

Civil Law

Taxation Law

REVIEWERS

Ateneo Law Central Bar


Operations

Political Law Review,


Sarmiento, Public International
Law
Abad, Labor Standards
Abad, Labor Relations
Veloso, Labor Law Review
Jurado, Civil Law Reviewer
Sempio-Dy, Persons and Family
Relations
Paras, Property
Balane, Succession
Balane Civil Law Reviewer,
Obligations and Contracts
CLV Reviewer, Sales

Mamalateo, Tax Law Review


Pierre Reyes Reviewer, Tax 1

San Beda Reviewer


Ateneo Law Central Bar
Operations

Ateneo Law Central Bar


Operations

Slides

Commercial Law

Criminal Law

Cesar Villanueva, Commercial


Law Review
Sundiang, Commercial Law
Review

Criminal Law Review


Boado, Special Penal Laws
Mickey Ingles Criminal Law
Reviewer

San Beda Law Reviewer

Riano, Civil Procedure 1


Remedial Law

Legal Ethics

Codal is included for all subjects

San Beda Law Reviewer


Riano, Criminal Procedure
Festin, Special Procedure
Pano (outdated)
Aguirre (outdated)
Ateneo Law Bar Operations by
Judge Ma. Filomena Singh
Started studying May until October

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SUBJECTS

BOOKS

1st
Reading
(May 5 Aug 2; 14
weeks)

2nd
Reading
(Aug 4 Sept 28;
8 weeks)

Pre-Week
(1 week)

1 week

0.5 week

1 week

0.5 week

Bernas Primer
Election Law)
Political Law

Election Law)
Bernas PIL
ASIL PIL reviewer
Jack Jimenez Recent jurisprudence
Candelaria Recent jurisprudence
1 week

Labor Law

Azucena Green Book


Abad Compendium on Labor Law
Chan (Recruitment and Placement)
Manuel recent jurisprudence
Codal and IRR
0.5 week
Jurado (Preliminary Title)
Sempio-Diy (Persons)
Paras (Property)
Jurado (Property)
Balane (Succession)
Balane lecture notes (Oblicon)
Jurado (Sales, Agency, Partnership)
CLV outlines (Sales, Agency, Partnership)

Civil Law
Zuiga notes (Credit Transactions)
Jurado (Extra-contractual obligations,
Damages, Concurrence and Preference of
Credits)
Dean Delos Angeles Land titles
Abao Land Titles Tables
Codal
Recent jurisprudence
1.5 weeks

1 week

0.5 week

Virgilio Reyes (Tax1)


Taxation

Mamalateo
Montero notes
Recent jurisprudence

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Commercial Law

BOOKS

1st
Reading
(May 5 Aug 2; 14
weeks)

2nd
Reading
(Aug 4 Sept 28;
8 weeks)

Pre-Week
(1 week)

1.5 weeks

1 week

0.5 week

1.5 weeks

1 week

0.5 week

1 week

0.5 week

Sundiang Commercial Law Reviewer


CLV Commercial Law Reviewer
Abao Transpo Tables
Recent jurisprudence
Easy

Criminal Law

Remedial Law

Boado
Recent jurisprudence

Riano Civpro
Riano Crimpro
Riano Evidence
San Beda Memory Aid Civpro
San Beda Memory Aid Crimpro
San Beda Memory Aid Specpro
San Beda Memory Aid Evidence
Recent jurisprudence
Codal
0.5 week

Legal and Judicial Ethics

0.5 week

Antiquera
Ateneo BarOps Ethics
Beda BarOps Ethics
Recent jurisprudence

Others

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General Tips:
Set goals:
Mini-goals:

1st reading goal: just get it over with; get that bad boy out of the way

understand and remember

pressure on yourself will just make you crack. Relax.


Dont stress yourself out with super complicated situations and what if scenarios. The examiners will rarely ask
something that hasnt been set in stone anyway. And it just adds useless worry.
Stay with positive people. The bar is stress enough, no use having negative people adding bad vibes to you.
Dont get into this mindset that I have to stop my life for the bar and that I shouldnt have other world problems while
Im reviewing. The reality is, you WILL have other problems. Having that mindset will just aggravate the problem. Instead,
have people who will help and support you through the non-bar related problems. The world doesnt stop for the bar,
and the sooner you accept that, the easier itll be to deal with non-bar related problems. With that said, you should still
prioritize the bar.

Take breaks, for the love of mankind.


Take mini-vacations to reward yourself.
Bring a watch to the exam room.
Study Day:

End around 6-7 pm. Closer to the bar, Id study after dinner again, until around 10-11 pm.

Review Schedule:

successful. Hehe)

week. I just marked where I left off on my notes.


week, I studied Civ and Tax. Fourth week, I studied Poli and Labor.

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getting three readings in was my goal to begin with; and second, by the time I started with Poli and Labor, the Bar
exams for those subjects were two weeks away. So its like I had two weeks for my pre-week in Poli and Labor.
Materials Used:
When it came to study materials, the most important thing for me was that I only had one material to study. Thats why I
made all those reviewers to consolidate everything that I had to know in one material. Having just one reviewer made it
easier for me to memorize and faster for me to study. Its really hard having different books in front of you when studying.
Its a clutter and I found it cluttered my brain as well. (Thats why I had such a hard time studying Civ, since everything
was scattered between different authors.)

Civ, which I swear had a thing against me.)


I also made it a point to just study Ateneo reviewers. (Although Id consult with some Beda reviewers if some points
were missing in the Ateneo reviewers.)
SUBJECTS

MATERIALS READ

Consti stuff like admin, etc; 1 for the


consti stuff)
non-Consti stuff, I used this as my
Political Law
brief read-through for the consti stuff,
mostly for updates on cases)
Jimenezs updates on

LECTURES ATTENDED
Dean Candelarias Lecture on
Public International Law (found this
extremely useful especially when it
came to treaties)
Atty. Jacks pre-week lectures
(absolute must for me, he goes
through practically all the case
doctrines, which stuck with me during
the exam)
Atty. Agras pre-week lecture on
non-consti subjects

updated, available in the admin)


Azucenas Everyones Labor Code

Labor Law

for labor)

Ateneo updates on Jurisprudence

Atty. Manuels Pre-week lecture


(good review for labor relations, but
dont forget to study labor standards)
I think I attended a lecture on
updates on jurisprudence as well

(1)

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SUBJECTS

MATERIALS READ

LECTURES ATTENDED

Persons:
Regina Reviewer for Dean
Dels Class by Gurrea and

Sempio-Dy (1)
Property
Regina Reviewer for Dean
Dels Class by Gurrea and

Civil Law

Taxation Law

Succession

Oblicon

remember)
Sec Trans

Mickey notes (1)


Codal
Agency, Partnership, Sales

Codal
Land Titles

Mamalateo (1, but only for certain


topics)
principles of taxation which arent in
the Mickey notes)

CLV (1 for Corporation and


Insurance Law case doctrines)
Jack notes on Banking and other
Commercial Law
Jack notes on updates on

Atty. Sta Marias Pre-week on


Persons
Property (but stepped out once in
a while, and I think I skipped some
stuff. Did it mostly for updates on
jurisprudence)
Dean Angeles Pre-week on Land
Titles

Atty. Monteros lecture on updates


on jurisprudence
Atty. Geronimos pre-week lecture
mostly for basic principles of taxation)

Atty. Jacks Pre-week lectures


(again, super helpful; Atty. Jack is a
reviewer god)

admin)
Glenn Tuazon notes on Jacks
Criminal Law

Boado on Special Laws (1)

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SUBJECTS

Remedial Law

MATERIALS READ

Evidence and Spec Pro)


Ateneo updates on jurisprudence
(1)

LECTURES ATTENDED

Atty. Tranquils Pre-week

Rianos Books for Remedial Law


Civ Pro, Crim Pro, Evidence (1)
Ethics

Ateneo updates on jurisprudence


(1)

Study Period:
Started studying May all the way up to the October exams.
Number of Readings:

Feedback on Ateneo Review Classes


review classes. However, updates on jurisprudence lectures and preweek lectures are a must.
(See table on the lectures that I attended)
Hardest Subject
Hardest subject to study: Civ (because the materials were kalat)
Hardest subject to answer: Tax/Labor
Easiest Subject
Easiest subject to study: Poli and Tax
Easiest subject to answer: Poli

Night before the Test


Dont study. I stopped studying Saturday lunch, and spent the afternoon reading comics and playing video games. Every
Satrurday went like this: mass at night, good dinner with the wife, made sure exam permit was in place, and then slept
early.
Things to Avoid

Best Kind of Help


Prayer and family.

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General Tips:

It is crucial to have a plan or strategy when one is to take a monumental task, such as taking the bar exam. It is a must to
your schedule strictly, but at least try to go back on track and catch up for the lost time.

Enjoy. The bar experience is a wonderful experience. Enjoy every single day of it.

Study Schedule:

I had four (4) readings excluding pre-week (hence, I had 5 readings in total). I read the text books that I used when I was
still in law school.
First Reading: Overdrive / Assessment

past bar exams for this exercise.


When I objectively reviewed my answers, I felt that I should be able to pass the bar exam but the quality of my answers
will not be enough to give me a slot in the top 10.
Assessment: I may have a good chance of passing the bar, but if I want to top it, then I must study harder.

SUBJECTS

NUMBER OF DAYS ALLOTED

DATES

Ethics
Criminal Law
Labor Law
Commercial Law

4 days

Political Law
Civil Law

April 4 6
4 days

April 7 - 10

Taxation Law
Remedial Law

5 days

Practice Bar Exam

1 day (6am-11pm)

April 19

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Second Reading: Cover to cover


My second reading was slow and deliberate. I read every page (from preface to the last page). I encircled the page
numbers (sometimes the entire chapter) of my book that I felt I need not read again. This strategy helped me weed-out
unimportant pages/chapters of the text book or those portions which I already mastered during my four years in law

SUBJECTS

NUMBER OF DAYS ALLOTED

DATES

6 days

May 4 - 9

Ethics
Political Law
Labor Law
Civil Law
Taxation Law

6 days

Commercial Law
Criminal Law

8 days

Remedial Law

10 days

June 10 - June 17

Third Reading: Studying more


Second Reading: Cover to cover

pass the bar.

SUBJECTS

NUMBER OF DAYS ALLOTED

Political Law

5 days

Labor Law

4 days

Civil Law

5 days

Taxation Law

4 days

Commercial Law

5 days

Criminal Law

4 days

Remedial Law

7 days

DATES

July 7 - 11

Ethics
1 day
Exams)

Fourth Reading: Studying to top the bar

reading, I memorized case titles and important provisions of law.

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NUMBER OF DAYS ALLOTED

DATES

Remedial law

4 days

August 4 - 7

4 days

August 11 - 14

Criminal Law

August 8 - 10

Commercial Law
Taxation Law

August 15 - 17

Civil Law

4 days

Labor Law
Political Law

4 days

Materials/books used in each subject


SUBJECTS
Political Law
Labor Law

Civil Law

BOOKS/REVIEWERS
Jack updates (4 readings) Bernas updates (4 readings)
Memorize important provisions
Azucena, Everyones (4 readings) Manuel notes/updates
(4 readings)

Family (1 reading)
readings) Memorize important provisions

Taxation Law

Income tax (1 reading)


Co untian, Tax law reviewer (1 reading)

Commercial Law

Villanueva, Commercial Law Reviewer (1 reading)


Catindig, Commercial Law Reviewer (1 reading)

Criminal Law
Memorize important RPC provisions
Remedial Law

Ethics

of Court (at least try)


Pano (1 reading)
Aguirre (1 reading)
Memorize code!

There are equally brilliant law graduates who will be taking the bar with you. The only way you can out shine them is by
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Schedule of Readings
DATE

June 10 - 16

MATERIALS

Riano Crimpro, Evidence, Specpro

Provisions (Compilation of Bar Reviewers c/o Blessings)


August 6

Abad Labor Standards

August 7 - 8

PIL Sarmiento

August 9 - 10
Abad Labor
Jurado
August 14 - 15

Ingles Tax Reviewer

August 16 - 17

Commercial Law Red book


Labor Law Red book
Beda Ethics Memo Aid
Remedial Law Red book
Ethics Red book
Sundiang
Boado
Civ Red book

September 14 - 16

CLV and Dy Outlines

September 16 -19

Crim Memo Aid

September 19

Ethics Memo Aid


Rem Red book
Comm Red book

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Tax Red book
Poli Red book

Note:
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As to study schedule, we started last week of april

(includes making of reviewers, hence, the longer period plus you should take your time for the 1st reading, cover
everything)

the key concepts and relevant and new jurisprudence)

reading)

Pre-week starts at the 4th week of September


start with poli/labor
As to pre-week, focus on codal plus one material and latest jurisprudence
I do not recommend studying extensively on a Monday during pre-week. Allow yourself some time to recuperate
As to the hours per day of study, 8 hours a day is recommended. Allow some time for recreation. It is okay to drink
alcohol. And if youre tired, do not force yourself to study. If you do not meet the 8 hours, make up for it for additional
hours the next day

Get plenty of sleep

your health, which, in turn, will affect your bar.


Study with people who compliment your study habits. try to stay away from those who study too intensely. That will just
stress you out.
Do not compare your study habits with others.

MATERIALS FOR BAR REVIEW


CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
1ST READING

2ND READING 3RD READING

PRE-WEEK

Constitional Law
Others (Admin, Election Law, etc)
Exclude: PIL

San Sebastian Recent Jurisprudence

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1ST READING

2ND READING 3RD READING

PRE-WEEK

1ST READING

2ND READING 3RD READING

PRE-WEEK

1ST READING

2ND READING 3RD READING

PRE-WEEK

1ST READING

2ND READING 3RD READING

PRE-WEEK

Abad Compendium on Labor Law


Veloso Labor Law Reviewer

San Sebastian Recent Jurisprudence


Codal
CIVIL LAW

Aquino Land Titles (selected parts only)

San Sebastian Recent Jurisprudence


Codal
TAXATION LAW

Mamalateo
Domondon General Principles
Domondon Transfer Taxes and VAT
Domondon Income Tax
COMMERCIAL LAW

Sundiang Commercial Law Reviewer


Perez Reviewer Corporation Law/Secreg
Perez Reviewer Transportation Law

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Salao Intellectual Property Law

CRIMINAL LAW
1ST READING

2ND READING 3RD READING

PRE-WEEK

1ST READING

2ND READING 3RD READING

PRE-WEEK

1ST READING

2ND READING 3RD READING

PRE-WEEK

Reyes Crim I
Reyes Crim II

Esguerra Recent Jurisprudence


San Sebastian Recent Jurisprudence

REMEDIAL LAW
Riano CivPro Volume I
Riano CivPro Volume II (ProvRem and SCA)
Riano CrimPro
Riano Evidence
Festin SpecPro
Mickey Ingles Reviewer ProvRem, SCA, Crim-

Tranquil Rem Law Review Transcript


Tranquil CrimPro Transcript
San Sebastian Recent Jurisprudence

ETHICS
Pano
Cosico

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SUBJECTS

1st READING

3rd WEEK
PRE-WEEK

2nd READING

Consti Bernas,
Gorospe;
Admin and Election Law
Political Law

Ateneo BarOps, Recent


Jurisprudence

Ateneo BarOps
PIL Bernas, Dean
Candelarias Review

Azucena;
Social Legislation
Chan;
Labor Law

Manuel Lecture on Labor


Standards

Ateneo BarOps

Jurisprudence, Codal

Velosos book as a crossreference

Persons and Family


Relations Sta. Maria
Property Mickey
Reviewer
Oblicon Balane
Civil Law
Succession Champ

Codal and law school


notes

Codal

Cred Trans Zuiga PreBar and Supplement


Land Titles De Los

Tax I Mamalateo;
Taxation Law

Mamalateo,
Pierre Reviewer, Montero

Tax II Mickey

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Criminal Law

Boado RPC I, II and


SPL;

Boado;
Beda Memory Aid, notes
Beda Memory Aid

Letters of Credit, Trust


Instruments, Insurance
CLV
Commercial Law

Transportation Perez

Ateneo BarOps

Corporation Code,
Securities Regulation,
Banking, IP, AMLA, FIA
Sundiang

Jacs handouts, recent


jurisprudence, Ateneo
BarOps

Civ Pro, Crim Pro,


Evidence Riano
Spec Pro Regalado
Remedial Law

Beda Memory Aid

San Beda Memory Aid

Legal Ethics

Pao;
Ateneo BarOps

Pao;
Ateneo BarOps

Ateneo BarOps, past


exams

SCHEDULE

stress. At the very least, your schedule is a template, a guide. If you dont reach your quota at the end of the week, adjust.

FIRST READ:
Duration: After graduation until mid-July
Materials: Read the books you used in law school and the notes you made. Generally, its harder to use a new book
but if you read fast and you feel like its important, go for it.

SECOND READ:
Materials: Reviewers
coming back to you. Start memorizing.

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THIRD READ:
Materials: Reviewers, recent jurisprudence, selected hand-outs from the pre-bar and pre-week lectures,
past bar exams
Tips: Study smart. There are favorite topics for each bar subject. I referred to past bar exams or Lex Pareto and made

REST PERIOD
I would generally study from 8am-9pm Monday to Saturday and use half of Sunday to read or answer past bar exams.
Rest is really, really important. Get 6-7 hours of sleep everyday and take breaks whenever you need to and for however
long need them. I cant emphasize how important pace is. One of my main goals in bar review was to not burn out. After
4 years in law school you practically know everything there is to know because you have a really good foundation and
youre prepared, but if youre sick and tired by the time the bar comes along none of that will matter.
LECTURE
It depends on what kind of learner you are. If youre an auditory learner, go for it. But if you arent (like me) pick the ones
to go to or drop in to see if theres anything new. Jacs lectures are a must, especially for Poli. Dean Candelarias Poli
lecture was helpful, too. I also liked Montero for Tax and Manuel for Labor (gold!!). Go to Guevarra for Rem if you didnt
have him in Remedial Law Review.
However, dont feel obligated to stay, even for the good ones. Once I noticed that the lector was just reading off slides or
handouts, I left and got a copy since I wanted more time to read.
RUMORS
ers and were told to focus on their favorite topics but that didnt really factor in because the Chairperson had a hand in
picking a lot of the questions for the bar and they didnt turn out to be the favorites of our rumored examiners. The topics that came out in the past bar exams were more reliable.

stay positive, and pray a lot!

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GENERAL POINTERS
I studied at least 8 hours a day Monday-Friday. The only time I studied on weekends was when I foresaw that I would
not be able to reach my weekly quota. I also made sure that I had adequate exercise (7 hours a week from May to
heavy lunch, and a very light dinner. During the actual Bar examinations, I avoided starch and limited myself to brown
carbs. I also ate 1 big Fuji apply during lunch breaks.

still considered it as one reading. I tried to avoid peaking too soon. In law school, I stuck with two readings for class and
for exams, and so I relied on the same technique that worked for me.

schedule strictly, except for Civil and Remedial Law, to which I allotted two and a half weeks each. I gave myself
allowances just in case I had off days.

by the end of July.


For my second reading, I dedicated one week each per subject. This time, I followed the mirror method. By the time I

Tuesday night, followed by Political Law from Wednesday until Saturday noon. For the succeeding weeks, I took half the
day off on Mondays. Consequently, I started reviewing for the minor subject Monday afternoon until Wednesday morning
(give or take, this will spill over to the afternoon). Then from Wednesday afternoon until Friday night, I would be studying
the major subject.
During the entire Bar review, I listened to various study playlists. I had an upbeat playlist (mostly Zedd, David Guetta,
etc) to wake me up. I also had an intense playlist that altered my brainwaves so that it would be in the zone (Joe Hisahishis compositions. If you know Spirited Away, Howls Moving Castle, or Princess Mononoke, youll know the music. Otherwise, if you go to Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, thats the playlist). Be careful though, because my intense playlist is really
intense. After listening to it for 4 hours, youll probably need to take a break. Seryosong intense siya.

Lights off at 9pm, and I was asleep at 10pm at the latest. I drank 1 capsule of 5HTP before bed. I woke up 4am every
Sunday. I performed exercises to wake up my body (this is comprised mostly of a series of pokes on selected pressure
points so that my brain and body are awake and in the zone). I drank two cups of green tea with honey, Berocca, 1000mg

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1st Reading

2nd Reading

not part of the Primer; non-Consti topics)

Pre-Week
Saturday Night
LABOR LAW
1st Reading
2nd Reading
Pre-Week
Saturday Night

were missing from Chan)


at around 8pm. Stick with the book since its much more comprehensive anyway
though a little outdated.
CIVIL LAW
updated by my Victoria notes/charts)
Property Reviewer)

1st Reading

in Jurado)

2nd Reading

rely on the Codal for everything else

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Pre-Week
Saturday Night
TAXATION LAW
1st Reading
2nd Reading
Pre-Week
Saturday Night
MERCANTILE LAW
1st Reading
2nd Reading
Pre-Week
Saturday Night
CRIMINAL LAW
1st Reading

there has been plenty of jurisprudence and laws that have been passed)

2nd Reading
Pre-Week
Saturday Night
REMEDIAL LAW
1st Reading

2nd Reading

Pre-Week

and outdated already)

the headings and read only the portions I highlighted)

Saturday Night

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1st Reading

2nd Reading
Pre-Week
Saturday Night
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doctrine). Whenever I got stumped in one question, I immediately moved on to the next. Scanning the entire examination
also allowed me to see if the possible answers to the earlier questions were found in the latter part of the questionnaire.

basis should cite the applicable principle, statute, or jurisprudence as is. The third part of your answer should explain

words.

you answered.

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