What is this Online Clinic & Coaching?
It is an individualized online workshop on the “Art of Answering Bar Exam Questions” that I personally conduct based on my experience as a law professor since 1998 and as a reviewer-lecturer on Bar Techniques in different Bar review centers since 2002.
What is the rationale?
It is based on the theory that passing the Bar Exams requires three L’s: Language, Logic and Law. However, what Bar takers usually focus on is a review of the Law only, often taking the other two L’s, Language and Logic, for granted. So, this online clinic seeks to supplement your regular Bar Review with individualized diagnostics and coaching on the proper way to answer Bar Exam essay problems and questions.
What is the goal?
The goal is not to teach you what the law is but how to answer Bar Exam essay questions. It will be a clinic in the sense that we will try to diagnose and find solutions to your problems in answering Bar Exam questions, be they related to grammar, style or logic and reasoning.
How does it work?
The program normally consists of 10 to 12 exercises, which I will email one at a time with the corresponding instructions. After receiving your answers, I will give you feedback, comments, tips and suggestions based on your own unique problems.
What is the schedule?
That depends on your own time and schedule. You can register and begin the workshop any time it is convenient to you. If you submit your answers to the exercises promptly and regularly, you can complete the program in about 3 to 4 weeks. However, during the pre-Bar review months I prefer to conduct the clinic in batches as I can only accept a limited number that I can handle.
How much is the registration fee?
To know about the rates, payment methods, and registration instructions:
- message me on Facebook through www.facebook.com/attyralph
- email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- text me at mobile # +63 920 9387440
Is this a Bar Review?
No, this online clinic is not a Bar review program. Its purpose is to identify and correct your weaknesses in answering Bar Exam problems through the given exercises, and not to give a review or lectures on Bar subjects, laws or legal principles. We discuss laws and legal principles only as they become relevant to the given exercises.
Should you be online at some specific time?
No, you can simply answer at your own convenience and time after receiving each exercise. There is no deadline in submitting answers.
Is this coaching also open to law students?
Yes, you have to learn the art of answering Bar exam questions as early as first year in law school. The earlier you learn this art, the more you would become a master of it by the time you take the Bar Exam.
Are suggested answers given?
Yes, when I give my feedback on your answers, I also give suggested answers. When the exercises given are actual Bar Exam questions, I also give an actual answer from a Bar topnotcher. This provides for a great learning experience.
Do the exercises follow the sequence of Bar subjects?
No, the exercises do not follow the sequence of subjects in the Bar Exams. Instead, they follow a particular sequence of lessons and tips on the Art of Answering Bar Exam Questions.
Is handwriting also checked?
Yes, if you think you have a problem with your handwriting & want me to have a look at it, then you may send a scanned copy of your handwritten answer to the “first” exercise. For the next exercises, I require them to be entered or typed directly in your email text editor or through MS Word file and then copy and paste it in your email. That makes it easier for me to comment and even re-write your answer when necessary.
Should the exercises be answered based on stock knowledge only?
Ideally, you should answer the exercises based on your stock knowledge. However, if you find them difficult, you may always check your notes and study the applicable law and jurisprudence before answering. The purpose of this online clinic is not to test your legal knowledge and recall of legal provisions and principles but your skill in answering questions the proper way. What’s important is that you close your notes and references during the actual writing of your answer.
Does my registration expire?
No, it has no expiry. You don’t have to complete the program within a particular time frame. It really depends on you. You may go slow or go fast depending on your own time and convenience. In case you get busy and you can’t answer the exercises regularly, you can simply stop for a while and just continue when you have the time, even after several months or even a year after. That’s the beauty of this online thing. No pressure at all.
Is there a guarantee that you will pass the Bar after this coaching?
No. Passing the Bar Exams involves a lot of variables. But this online clinic will help you improve on one of the important variables, that is, your skill in presenting your answer the topnotcher’s way.
I am a product of the public elementary school system in Minalin, Pampanga. I did not grow up speaking English as a 1st language. In fact, English was my weakest subject from my grade school to my pre-law years. But in my wish to steal a slot in the top 10 of the Bar Exams, I turned English into one of my strongest weapons in the Bar exams.
I have found that answering Bar exam questions is an art. It is not an inborn skill. You must learn the techniques, rules and strategies and master them through constant practice and exercises.
After learning the art and using it in law school, I have graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997 with a grade point average of 1.33 from the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City. And after mastering the art and using it in the Bar exams, I now hold the singular distinction of being the first Bar Topnotcher from La Sallian law school after placing 10th in the 1997 Bar Exams with grade of 86.825.
In his Last Lecture, Randy Pausch talked about enabling your childhood dreams and then helping others enable their own dreams. Greatly inspired by Mr. Pausch, I now would like to help you enable your own dream to become a lawyer.