How to STUDY in Law School in 2019 pt. 2 | For ANY Student | Philippines | With Subtitles

How to STUDY in Law School in 2019 pt. 2 | For ANY Student | Philippines | With Subtitles

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Oh, guys! Welcome to part 2 of my tips on how to study in law school. In this video, I’ll be sharing who is Queen if Codal is King. I’ll also share the reading method I used that was effective for me, and could also be effective for you. And the other shocking truths about studying law. But before anything else, shoutout to Unstoppable and Mary Eliz for commenting on my first video. So, you followed the tips on the first part of this video. What’s next, Atty. Errol? Always have an overview. Don’t go directly to your textbooks. Read first the codal provisions of the assigned topics. Codal first before books. The mistake I usually see students make is that they go directly to their textbooks. The problem with this, they have no idea what to expect on the things they are about to read. Then they’ll wonder why they didn’t understand anything even if they’ve read it several times already. Your brain will surely be overwhelmed! That’s why it’s very important that you start with the Codal provisions first. The purpose is for your brain to have an idea about the things you are about to study that time. The good thing about this is that it primes your mind about the topic to study. Then after reading the codal provisions, scan the table of contents and heading of your textbook. After scanning the table of contents and headings, you can now read the body of your textbook. Remember to stick to this strategy. Always have an overview. Prime your mind first. Don’t surprise and overwhelm your mind! If the rock band 6cyclemind is not fond of surprises in their song “Biglaan”, then with more reason this applies to our brains. *brain chant* So next, Active Learning! Be an active learner! I’m sure you’ve already experienced reading through books without remembering anything you’ve read. Maybe it’s because you’re not an active learner. (What’s that, Atty?) Active learning means not solely reading books; you’re doing things along with it to facilitate understanding. A passive reader only reads the whole assigned topic, he even tries to memorize. But if this will be your approach? You’re Dead! The bad thing about this is that you don’t get the essence of what you are reading. That’s why in recitations, your answers are sure to be jumbled and incoherent. To be active in learning, reading is not the sole approach. You should do active stuff while reading. For example: mnemonics, visualized story telling, correlation with a previous knowledge. Being playful really helps; not being a player! One concrete way of being an active learner: highlighting and notetaking. In this way, you’re utilizing other senses of your body. The more senses are involved, the higher the retention will be. You can also correlate it to things you already know. Create funny stories around it. The funnier the story is, the more you’ll remember it. So for example: Trial in Absentia. The concept means that the court hearing will push through even if the accused is not present in court. So what’s my memory aid? Trial in Absentia=absent siya (he/she is absent). There’s trial in absentia because he/she is absent. Why is he/she absent? Because there’s a rain… arraign… arraignment. Because in trial in absentia, the accused needs to be validly arraigned. So that’s it. Trial in absentia=he/she is absent. Why? because there is a rain (arraignment). So that’s my example. That’s what I used to easily remember the concept. Oh! But be careful in highlighting topics! Remember, you’re in law school, not in art school! So guys, here it is! Do case digests yourself! If codal is king, jurisprudence is queen. Jurisprudence is very important because in here, the Supreme Court discusses the law and its correct interpretation. And its important that you read the full text of the cases. Basically, in creating case digests, it only involves: FACTS, ISSUE/S, RULING. Facts: these are the narration of the case. You should pick the relevant and important facts about the topic. This is a very important skill in the bar exams and in the actual practice of law. And then, the Issue: This is the questions or problems that the court is trying to resolve. It pertains to the phrase “whether or not”. And then, Ruling: this is the court’s resolution. Here, they explain the Rationale, or the legal and logical bases of their decision. Yes, it’s true. Usually, a single case could involve hundreds of pages. There’s a lot of unusual words. And there are no pictures. It’s really overwhelming! I suggest to immediately look for the part where the issue is being discussed. Usually, it involves the phrases “the sole issue of the case or the issues are”. This is the discussion of the Issue. When the full text is printed out, you can draw a line over and under the part of the Issue discussion. That way, you’ll know that anything above the line is the discussion about the Facts, and anything below it is the discussion about the ruling of the court. If you are reading on a browser over the internet, it’s a lot easier. Just click Ctrl+F for Windows or Cmd+F for Mac. Then type the word “issue”. Your browser will search the part for you! Just make sure that the discussion really involves the issues of the case. If that’s the discussion on the issues, then that’s it! You know that anything above the line is the discussion about the Facts, and anything below it is the discussion about the ruling. Then when you encounter legal jargons you cannot understand, write them down on a piece of paper and research about it later on. Just focus on reading first the story of the case. One more thing: make sure to focus on the relevant facts and material issues regarding your assigned topics. In every case, several legal concepts are intertwined. That’s why, you should know how to digest, not only food, but also facts and issues. Oh, just a caveat! There are professors who are very particular with every detail of the case. Like, the color of the subject vehicle, who was the eldest or youngest among the siblings, or sometimes, how long is Chi Ming Tsoi’s… *shhhh* So, read the full texts of the cases; avoid the digests of others. And also, what you should digest is the Full Text. Don’t make a digest about another digest. Resort to case digests only when you are under heavy time constraint. Desperate men calls for desperate codals and digests. And please, if you’re gonna use the digest of others, make sure that it is well-made. And speaking of digests, this is one strategy that I used in the past. before I go and read the full text, I usually start by reading first at least one case digest of the full text involved. After that, I’ll begin reading the actual full text. So what’s the purpose? If the full text is quite long, I would be able to know what to look for when I read the full text of the case. So, all in all, jurisprudence is queen. Next, read to understand, not to memorize. People say memorization is very crucial in law. Yes, crucial. But is shouldn’t be your main learning approach. There is Surface Learning or Memorization; and there is also Deep Learning or Conceptualization. Depending on the field that you are studying, one approach usually is more effective than the other. For example, in mathematics! Memorization a lot effective in such field because you must first memorize the formulas before you can apply and understand them. On the other hand, in social sciences, conceptualization is more effective because it’s difficult to memorize social theories without you having experienced them in you day to day life. In law, for me, the most effective method is the fusion of both approaches. So my first step would be to Understand. I’d do my tips about active learning. Once I understand it, that’s the time for me to memorize. I’ll memorize the concept itself, not word for word, which is the usual mistake of students. After that, I’ll start memorizing key words. If there are plenty of provision, divide them into digestible information. That’s why it’s important that you have an overview so that you’ll have an idea of their possible groupings. Make understanding easy by cutting down the topics into small and digestible ideas. You can divide it into segments, then focus on every segment. Once you finish all the segments, you can now correlate all of them with one another. That way, you’ll get the bigger picture about the thing you’re studying. Next, create outlines and notes, as soon as possible. While you’re studying, do handwritten notes about the topic you are studying. This really helps with the review because everything will be consolidated. You can even just rely on your own notes. Aside from this, you can also ask for notes of other students and your upper-class men. But this will not be that effective because it wasn’t you who wrote and made the notes. So, the retention will be a lot less. What I do before, either I write notes on a yellow pad, or I’d annotate important stuff in the spaces within my books and codals. If you think about it, it can be redundant because there already is a table of contents. But the point here is Active Learning and Consolidation of Materials. It’s hard to absorb legal concepts if your review materials are disorganized. Don’t get me wrong. Cross-referencing is helpful. But when review time comes, you should use minimal materials. That way, you can easily recall what you have previously studied. Next, take notes during recitations and study sessions. Notes are very important! You can’t solely depend on your memory because our minds always have lapses. You can resort to physical note-taking: write it down on a piece of paper. You can also resort to digital: type it on a laptop. During study sessions, take note of important words, phrases, and concepts. Write it on a separate paper; or annotate it on the side of your codals and books. During recitations, list down your professors’ questions which you don’t know the answers to. and not being absent-minded. The good thing about this, you can focus on the professor’s question. And not the scenario where you’ve been called to recite and you only said: “uhmm sir… come again?” You’re surely dead! It’s better if you do these during your exams as well. Upon receiving your exam booklets, check where you are wrong and take note of the topic then study them later. Promise, these mistakes which we usually ignore are the ones who will be asked again in the major exams and we won’t be able to answer it correctly again. And then we’ll complain: “ayy! Ayy! Ayy! ayy! Ayy! Ayy! This is from the last time!” This is the literal example of “Learn from your mistakes”. And another important thing, keep your notes! Don’t erase it! Don’t throw it! Because you’ll still use them when you’e going to review. And next, re-read your notes, outlines, and summaries at least once a week. To successfully hurdle the bar exams, Retention is one of the crucial factors. With the number of laws and jurisprudence, it’s impossible for you to remember them all. Especially those you studied during your freshman year. That’s why you should give importance to retention. You can build retention by repetition. People say that “repetition is the mother of all learnings”. So you should always go back to your notes. It’s not good that you hide your notes after classes. And you’ll only go back to them when Midterms and Finals is just around the corner. Review your notes weekly. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore study session! Just like life problems: just go through them. Just like what you are doing to your Exes: you’d always go back to them! *ahuuuuu!* And next, take breaks! Yes… law school is hard. Yes…. You won’t sleep well. Yes… you’ll get tired. That’s why breaks are important! Have a break, not a break-up! You can easily retain information if you’re brain is well-rested. According to some research: Going to sleep after learning a new material helps in Recall. That’s why you shouldn’t feel guilty if you fall asleep or if you take naps when you’re studying. Because it helps your long-term memory! One good application of this: before going to bed, go over your notes. There’s a big chance that you’ll remember them when you wake up. If you can’t remember them at all, then it means that you really didn’t understand what you’ve just studied. Then, improve handwriting! It’s best if you start practicing your handwriting even when you’re still in law school. Because no matter how right your answer is, if you’re the only one who’s able to read and understand it, then it would be useless! One way of practicing your handwriting: Handwritten Case Digests! That’s why there are professors who would require students to write digests in a yellow pad. This is good because it hones your writing skills. This is very crucial in the bar exams! That’s why while you still have the time, start to improve on your handwriting! A while ago, I said active learning and being playful is very important. On the next videos, we’ll be talking about the proper mindset when it comes to studying any course or field. This applies to all; not only to law courses. We’ll also talk about on the next videos the common difficulties when it comes to studying, why do we procrastinate, and the things that we could do to fight it. Be sure that you’ve already watched the part 1 of this video. In that video, I showed the strategy regarding books and making schedules. And, for law school expectations, watch this video as well. And if you found this helpful, be sure to like, share, and subscribe. More videos about self-development and lifestyle design. See you on the next video. Goodbye

7 thoughts on “How to STUDY in Law School in 2019 pt. 2 | For ANY Student | Philippines | With Subtitles

  • Franklin Diric Post author

    Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Errol Cabrera Post author

    What tip did you resonate with the most? πŸ™‚

  • God is Good Post author

    Thank you for sharing Atty. Errol! More videos pleaseπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ God bless!

  • Benjamin Willy Felix Post author

    Hi Atty! When did you take the bar exams?

  • Mark Emmanuel Lazatin Post author

    Hi atty. how do you find time in reviewing the previous lessons when you have hundreds of pages of readings?


  • its me Princess B Post author

    Best foods to eat to boost memory. Collab ng foodntripsph and themillennialattorney 😁 foods that boost your immune system since prone sa sakit during exam week/s. Collab with doktorablogger. suggestion lang hehe😊
    Looking forward to more of your vids. Galing galing. πŸ™Œ

  • Gigi Love Post author

    Hi po. Thanks for this, it helps. Anyways, CLAC or interweaving? What did you use when you took the Bar exam? Thank you! 😊

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