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Hello, Batch 2017.

Here is a compilation of bar tips from


some of our JD MBA alumni.

May these tips help us


during the bar review period.

God bless us all.

Love,
GradComm

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name Jammy Kate S. Remulla
Year of bar exams2014

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
1. Prepare all your review materials before the actual review (don't waste time photocopying or
obtaining materials which you should already have); 2. Make a review schedule; 3. Study if you
want to study, don't study if you don't feel to; 4. No shortcuts, study hard; and 5. Always pray.

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?) I made a
schedule of my review (although I have adjusted the schedule for many times), just make sure
you are following a schedule; 2. Study smart and logically (you may follow the flow of the
syllabus, the reviewer or the codal); 3. Know the basics (know the codal and jurisprudence); 4.
Practice answering bar questions (practice how you will attack a type of question)... I studied on
an average of 7 hours a day. I studied anywhere and anytime I feel to study.

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?) I almost had 2 readings, excluding my reading during pre-
week. Quality over quantity of reading. Make sure that you understand what are you reading.
Don't read for the sake of reading/meeting your schedule. Again, study smart.

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? Yes, Ateneo
Any feedback on said review center? They have good reviewers (although beware of
the typos)
Any specific lectures from review centers that helped you during the bar review?
Which ones? I self-studied. I attended more or less five lectures? Although, I think lecture
on how to prepare for the bar is the most helpful. Preparation is the key :)

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject: Tax (during the bar)
Easiest subject: Political law (although I failed this subject in the Bar haha)

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
do whatever you want to do. Fine, sleep. haha

Q8: Materials and Books Used


Political Law Nachura and Bernas (1 Nachura, 2 Bernas)
Labor Law Azucena Volume 1 and 2 (1 reading), Abad (1 reading), Chan Robles reviewe
(2 readings)
Civil Law Jurado (2 readings) and Baste Reviewer (2 readings)
Taxation Law Mamalateo
Commercial Law Sundiang (2 readings); Villanueva (only selected topics)
Criminal Law The black one. I forgot the author. (2 readings)
Remedial Law Baste reviewer (2 readings), Riano (1 reading).
Legal Ethics & Forms I forgot the author. (sorry)

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name: Maielle Montayre
Year of bar exams: 2014, 2015

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
READ PAST BAR QUESTIONS; I read 2008-2013 past bar and they REALLY DO repeat 2-3
questions (so may perfect score ka na agad for 2-3 questions for each subject). NO INTERNET
24/7. Please note the study tips I'm sharing were during my review for the 2nd take. For the 1st
take, I enrolled at Ateneo Law School (which obviously, wasn't that much help. Gumastos pa
ako ng mahal haha); 2nd take, I went to the province to study by myself without 24/7 internet. I'd
only go online on Sundays. I think that's the best advice I can give! NO INTERNET. I'd still
watch TV during my breaks (we had cable), listen to music while studying, chat or text friends
and family when I felt lonely or tired, or ask classmates if I had any clarifications. JUST READ.
Read, read some more, and then read again! Mostly what I did was read books, reviewers,
notes, and other materials. It depends on your preference or how you study; but for me,
studying with a group can cause you to lose focus and can distract you. So, I literally studied by
myself with little to no distractions. EXERCISE! Youre sitting all day, and eating to stay awake;
mahirap na tumaba hehe. CRY. When you feel like it, go ahead; better to let it out than have it
affect your focus later on. Take a break when it gets too overwhelming, but after a while, dive
back in. PRAY! I had a daily novena in the morning, and then praying rosary in the evening. Just
keep on and have faith :)

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?)
Monday-Saturday: 6am wake up, exercise; 7am breakfast, shower; 8am start studying; 930am
novena, snacks; 10am continue studying; 12nn lunch; 1pm continue; 330pm siesta, merienda;
4pm continue; 6pm rosary, dinner; 8pm, wrap up readings for the day; 10pm sleep (NOTE: no
internet the whole week except Sunday). Sunday: 7am wakeup, go online, check emails or
msgs, 9am mass, 12nn lunch, 1pm finish up 'backlog' readings or finish chapters but not as
rigorous as the weekday sched (i.e. sometimes I read while watching TV), 6pm dinner, watch
TV/movie, rest, check FB or Viber, 10pm sleep

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?)
Started serious review on August for the 2015 November bar exam. Studied daily 8am-10pm
schedule (see #3), except on Sundays when I just studied in the afternoon. I studied the
morning subj the first half of the day and the afternoon subj in the second half, devoting about a
week for each pair (e.g. Poli 8am-3pm then Labor 3-10pm; 1wk for Poli/Labor, 1wk for Civ/Tax,
1wk for Merc/Crim, 1.5wks for Rem/Ethics). Did 3 rounds i.e. August to 1st half Sept > Poli to
Rem, 2nd half Sept to early Oct > Poli to Rem, Oct to Nov > Rem to Poli (so that when I ended,
it was just in time for the pre-week 1st bar subj: Poli/Labor).

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? Yes
If yes, which review center? Ateneo Law School

Any feedback on said review center? Not worth it haha the only good thing is the
library but then you have to compete with the ALS students themselves, and it can get
noisy at times

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject: Merc (too much topics, and Corp law was never my forte), Tax! (I
could never grasp zero-rate and exemptions haha buti di masyado tinanong)
Easiest subject: Labor (I used Labor as a topic in on my MBA subjs so I know Labor2
pretty well, and Labor1 is just memorization)

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
The Saturday before, I would answer the previous 2 years' bar questions; as in, written down on
a paper and my mom would 'check' it by comparing against the suggested answers. I'd also
check the suggested answers after (I'd cover them with a Post-It while answering). Pack up, go
to Marco Polo, check in, get tips from Barops, fix my bag for the next day, etc. I think I was just
reading pre-weeks...I do remember 1st week, may mga bumisita to wish me good luck hindi na
ata ako nakaaral haha! But more or less, no more books at this point. Just flip through any
reviewers/tips BarOps gives or what you have, go through the SC syllabus, codal provisions,
past bar questions. I made sure I DID sleep (bec I normally need 8hrs of sleep, but I think there
are others who couldn't sleep). TRY your best to sleep and have some rest.

Q8: Materials and Books Used (Kindly include the number of readings you had for each
material)
Political Law Bernas (1x), Nachura (2x), Beda Memory Aid (2x), Recoletos reviewers
(2x), Ateneo+Beda pre-week (1x)
Labor Law Abad (2x), Chan (1x), Atty. Manuel notes/updates in jurisprudence (3x),
Recoletos reviewers (2x), Ateneo+Beda pre-week (1x)
Civil LawJurado (2x), Beda Memory Aid (2x), Recoletos reviewers (2x), Ateneo+Beda
pre-week (1x)
Taxation Law Mamalateo (2x), Co Untian (1x), Domondon's Cut&Paste (manytimes!
Super helpful w understanding tax1) Mickey Ingles Notes (1x), Atty. Bello's powerpoints
(1x), Beda Memory Aid (2x), Recoletos reviewers (2x), Ateneo+Beda pre-week (1x)
Commercial Law Sundiang!!! (2x), Atty. Dy's Villanueva handouts (1x), Beda Memory
Aid (2x), Recoletos reviewers (2x), Ateneo+Beda pre-week (1x)
Criminal Law Boado (2x), Beda Memory Aid (2x), Recoletos reviewers (2x),
Ateneo+Beda pre-week (1x)
Remedial Law Riano (1x), Beda Memory Aid (2x), Recoletos reviewers (2x),
Ateneo+Beda pre-week (1x)
Legal Ethics & Forms Aguirre (2x), Beda Memory Aid (2x), Recoletos reviewers (2x),
Ateneo+Beda pre-week (1x)

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name Adelfa Febb M. Villar
Year of bar exams2016

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
1. Regulate sleeping hours 7 to 8 hours everyday is acceptable. 2. Exercise regularly. Don't feel
guilty to spend an hour of exercise. 3. Eat healthy. 4. Pray.

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?)
I study like I work. 8 am to 5pm, with 2 hours overtime weekdays. Easy read on Saturdays. Rest
and worship on Sundays.

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?)
I studied 3 to 4 months. I adjust the weeks depending on the bar subject.

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? No

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject Criminal Law
Easiest subject Labor Law and Remedial Law

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
Get enough sleep. You rather reserve your energy answering the bar exams than exhausting
your brain remembering last minute tips.

Q8: Materials and Books Used (Kindly include the number of readings you had for each
material)
Political Law Nachura & Beda Memo Aid (read twice)
Labor Law Chan, Beda Memo Aid and my law school notes (read twice)
Civil Law Beda Memo Aid (read twice)
Taxation Law My law school notes and Beda Memo Aid (read twice)
Commercial Law Villanueva and Beda Memo Aid (read twice)
Criminal Law Reyes Book I and II and Beda Memo Aid (read twice)
Remedial Law Riano (read twice)
Legal Ethics & Forms Beda Memo Aid (read twice)

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name Arthur Dizon jr
Year of bar exams2014

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
Choose specific authors to trust and stick with them, there will be varying authors or reviewers
that will pop-up during your bar review which may derail you from finishing all your readings.
Read for all subjects at least twice or thrice for mastery.

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?)
Monday to Saturday, 9am - 9pm

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?)
I did not have a specific schedule per subject as there would be subjects that are harder or
easier to digest. But in general one book should be maximum of around 4 days. (Remember
Civil Law has a lot of subjects and i recommend reading one per subject [i.e. Persons, Property,
Succession, etc.])

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? Yes
If yes, which review center? Ateneo Law
Any feedback on said review center? The library if used properly is a conducive place
to study l
Any specific lectures from review centers that helped you during the bar review?
Which ones? Nothing that stands out.

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject All equal- the bar is based on the questions propounded because
education of the students vary
Easiest subject All equal - its a matter of your preparation

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
Sleep. I slept early for the 1st three exams. I tried to cram for Rem during the last sunday and
inmediately regretted it because I was sleepy during the exams.

Q8: Materials and Books Used (Kindly include the number of readings you had for each
material)
Political Law Nachura and other handouts - 2x
Labor Law Azucena - 2x
Civil Law Various books and authors - 2x per book
Taxation Law Ingles notes and Bello powerpoint - 2x
Commercial Law Villanueva and other handouts - 2x
Criminal Law Boado's books - 2x
Remedial Law Riano's books - 2x
Legal Ethics & Forms Handouts and reviewer from alleged examiner

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name Roma
Year of bar exams 2016

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
prepare prepare yourself emotionally

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?)
train yourself to wake up early (my wake up call is 5 but I wake up 7) that way you're alert and
awake for the 8 am class. il

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?)
8 hrs a day. 1 1/2 hour break for lunch

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? yes
If yes, which review center? up
Any feedback on said review center? Don't na. You won't attend anyway
Any specific lectures from review centers that helped you during the bar review?
Which ones? I attended 2 sessions lang e

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject class: rem exam: crim
Easiest subject exam: poli class: civ

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
sleep 8 hours

Q8: Materials and Books Used (Kindly include the number of readings you had for each
material)
Political Law nachura
Labor Law azucena (not recommended)
Civil Law aquino
Taxation Law ingles (didn't help)
Commercial Law sundiang
Criminal Law reyes
Remedial Law riano
Legal Ethics & Forms Didn't study

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name Anna Maria D. Kagaoan
Year of bar exams2016

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
Sleep well, eat well, exercise, and do fun things. Come up with a realistic schedule.

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?)
Wake up at 6 am. Exercise, meditate, and eat breakfast. Study 9am to 12pm. (With little
breaks in between). Lunch. Study 1to 6pm. Exercise 6pm. Dinner. Sleep 10pm

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?)
Rem 2 months, Crim 2 weeks, Poli - 1.5 weeks, Merc - 3 weeks, Civ - 2 weeks, Ethics -
Preweek only, Tax - 1 month (approximately)

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? N/A

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject Tax
Easiest subject Civ

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
Sleep and eat well. Read jurisprudence (easy reading) (Hard to eat during exams)

Q8: Materials and Books Used (Kindly include the number of readings you had for each
material)
Political Law Nachura
Labor Law Azucena Green cross-referenced with Azucena Red
Civil Law Jurado
Taxation Law To follow
Commercial Law To follow
Criminal Law Boado cross-referenced with Reyes
Remedial Law Riano except for Spec Pro (Can't remember title but thin book)
Legal Ethics & Forms Ateneo Pre-week

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name Roselle Fortes-Leung
Year of bar exams2016

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
PRAY. Enroll in a Review Centre as early as possible.

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?)
I read from Mon to Friday, then Sat am in Jurists. I tried to read for 8 hours from Mon to Fri pero
5 lang yata and effective time.

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?)
I started June 3rd week na :( I had a hard time getting to start reading bec of hubby and kiddo

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? Yes
If yes, which review center? Jurists
Any feedback on said review center? It was excellent
Any specific lectures from review centers that helped you during the bar review?
Which ones? Lumber's Tax, Tranquil Salvador's Rem, Riguera's Rem

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject Civil Law, Remedial
Easiest subject Labor

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
I'm a crammer so i read until the very last minute.

Q8: Materials and Books Used (Kindly include the number of readings you had for each
material)
Political Law Nachura (3 readings)
Labor Law Azucena (3 readings)
Civil Law Aquino (1.5 reading) TLC's Dizon Notes (1 reading). I should have stuck with
Albano, i think ;( super hiram ito for me
Taxation Law Ingles 2 readings, Lumbera notes, Mamalateo 1 reading. Super hirap din
and Tax for me. I remembered all the defences of the losing party not the arguments of
the winning one. I should have stuck with Mamalateo lang
Commercial Law Aquino
Criminal Law Reyes Book 1 (1 reading), Bodo 2 readings
Remedial Law Riguera Books 1 and 2 (2 readings). But to no avail dahlia all the
questions in the Bar came from the left field :(
Legal Ethics & Forms Aguirre (1 reading) Nahirapan din ako dito sobra.

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name Edward Kung
Year of bar exams2016

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
Take a break after graduation, condition ur body and mind before starting, time management,
plan ur review schedule and follow it strictly. Dont read too many materials focus on one and
master it.

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?)
I started May. I study mon-sat 8 hrs.

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?)
First reading 1 month just to start up tge engine, succeeding 4 months - 2 subj each, last month
(oct) red book and some review materials plus chan robles video lecture

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? Yes
If yes, which review center? Ateneo and chan robles
Any feedback on said review center? Chan robles was more helpful than ateneo.
(Although i only attended ateneo thrice)
Any specific lectures from review centers that helped you during the bar review?
Which ones? Chanrobles tax lectures... (helped me understood tax)

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject Crim, rem
Easiest subject Poli and tax

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
Codal and reading pre week tips. Sleep early to condition ur mind for the next day.

Q8: Materials and Books Used (Kindly include the number of readings you had for each
material)
Political Law Nachura -1, atty de vega's cases -1 , beda red book-1
Labor Law Azucena-3, pre weektips, beda red book- 1
Civil Law Thomas aquino -3, pre week tips and beda redbook-1
Taxation Law Mamalateo-3, pre week tips, chanrobles, beda red book-1
Commercial Law Sundiang -3, pre week tips, beda red book -1
Criminal Law Boado-3, pre week tips, beda redbok-2
Remedial Law Riano-2, codal, preweek tips, beda red book-2
Legal Ethics & Forms Lawyers oath and canons

Q1: Kindly enter your:


Name Peggy Salazar
Year of bar exams2016

Q2: General review tips (i.e. must-do, things to avoid, best kind of help, etc.)
rest and a lot and don't push yourself too much since you should have already leaned
everything in law school

Q3: Review Study Day & Study Period (How was your usual study day like?)
Start at 8am and finish at 6pm. Break for lunch

Q4: Review Schedule (i.e. How many months / weeks did you devote for each subject?
What was your review schedule?)
Total study time was 5 months. Took a 2 week break in the middle. Around a week per subject.
For the last month, just read reviewers and past bar exams.

Q5: Feedback on Review Center


Did you enroll in a review center? Yes but only attended 1 preweek lecture
If yes, which review center? Ateneo
Any feedback on said review center? Travel time to center and sitting in lecture felt
like a waste of
Any specific lectures from review centers that helped you during the bar
review? Which ones? None

Q6: Hardest and Easiest Subject (based on your experience with the JD-MBA program,
bar review, & bar exams)
Hardest subject Remedial Law
Easiest subject Political Law

Q7: Night Before the Test (i.e. What do you suggest we do? What were you doing then?)
Nothing, relax, take a bubble bath, watch a movie. Basically get your mind of the exams

Q8: Materials and Books Used (Kindly include the number of readings you had for each
material)
Political Law Nachura and Beda Reviewer 2
Labor Law Azucena and Beda Reviewer 2
Civil Law Jurado and Beda Reviewer 2
Taxation Law Untian and Vitug and Beda Reviewer
Commercial Law Sundiang and Beda Reviewer
Criminal Law Boado and Beda Reviewer 2
Remedial Law Riano and Beda Reviewer 2
sLegal Ethics & Forms Pano and Beda Reviewer - 2