Bar Tip: CONFIDENCE!
An Interview with Dean Ricardo Lacson
Atty. Glenn M. Mortel
With the best of spirits, the bar candidate should enter the examination roomconfident that he will not only pass it, but pass it he would with flying colors.
Thus declared former Dean Ricardo Lacson of the Philippine Law School.
As a matter of fact, the candidate should have had this confidence from the first moment he entered his freshman class in the law school.
Dean Lacson passed the bar the following year Manuel Roxas topped the examination in 1913.
He discussed the different factors that, in his opinion based on his experience, have helped him in preparing for the examination.
The first factor: SERIOUS PREPARATION.
Dean Lacson stressed the importance of beginning bar preparation from the candidate’s first day in the freshman year.
The trouble with students, they never take seriously their preparations while still in the law school. Many of them only begin to study law for the first time during pre-bar review classes after their graduation.
Cognizant of the very little time he has in his hands, the candidate now adopts measures that will enable him to stay late in the nights during the four or five months of preparation.
The candidate has to resort to the taking of all conceivable medicine to make him stay awake practically all nights, Dean Lacson said. Added to this, he also takes plenty of coffee. Little does he realize the fact that these measures are very injurious to his health.
And they think by staying awake all nights they can cover grounds which, even in classroom work, they can never expect to cover, Dean Lacson pointed out. The result is that next morning when they wake up, their minds are all tired, less able to absorb what they read the night before.
Another factor that the candidate should consider as an important equipment to enable him to pass the bar examination is command of language.
In my time, Dean Lacson said, my reading of the law, the decisions of the court, has helped me a great deal in acquiring a better command of language, an indispensable factor in writing impressive answers.
Relative to the manner of answering bar questions, the PLS dean has this to say:
The candidate must read the questions very carefully before attempting to write down his answers. He has to make sure he understands what the questions really call for.
The next step is to find out how many questions are asked. Having determined this, he must apportion the time available in his hands proportionately to the number of questions.
The dean turned his attention to the biggest mistake that the candidates always commit in answering questions.
The examinees spend too much time on those questions they know so well and the net result is that they finally realize they have very little time left for the other problems.
Why do most students have faulty preparation in school?
Faulty method of instructions. Dean Lacson explained that most professors teach only as a sideline and therefore find little time to prepare. They ought to spend as much time or even more, in improving their teaching methods that the students could benefit much from them.
Sometimes, Dean Lacson complained, the professors don’t even know how to conduct their respective classes. Consequently, this contributes to the sad state of affairs relative to the training of students. Some of these professors do not even show their students that they know at least something about their subject matter.
In this way, he said, the students never learn anymore than what their professors know about their respective subject matters.
We expect to get good professors, of course, the dean said, those who really have the ability to impart legal knowledge. We are always willing to receive suggestions from others how to improve our method of instructions.
Lifted from: AttyRalph.Com
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