Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Legally Blunt's way of greeting you a Happy Holiday :))

Hello all,

Before everyone goes on leave I wanted to send some sort of Christmas holiday greeting to friends and colleagues, but it is difficult in today’s world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with a lawyer yesterday, and on his advice I wish to say the following:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the summer solstice holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Date an Immature guy they said, It will be fun they said ...

You should date an immature guy. You can find them in every size, shape, colour, and age anyway. Don't even be surprised if your immature guy is in his 30's and you are his lesser in age by a half a decade or more. Age is no real determining factor for the man plagued with unprecedented, eternal immaturity. You can find them in all sorts of places. At blockbuster, on his bike, at the corner store buying a bag of chips, or by the lake, mindlessly skipping rocks in to the water. But chances are you'll probably meet him at a pub, when you're already drunk and willing to cut him just enough slack for being so inept (only because it makes for a better excuse later down the road when you find yourself sitting completely shell-shocked at the realization that you’ve been grueling over a child trapped in the heavy guise of a man, or even worse, bewildered over the fact that you always knew this but chose to live in denial).

Date a Girl Who Reads

by Rosemarie Urquico 
(In response to Charles Warnke’s You Should Date an Illiterate Girl)

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

When I got called for the first time to recite...

I was like: 

The People You Will Fall In Love With In Your 20s.

By Ryan O’Connell

You will fall in love with someone who annoys you, whose orgasm face looks and feels pathetic. Despite all of this, there’s something keeping you drawn to them, something that makes you want to protect them from the harsh world. What you fail to realize, however, is that you are the harsh world. You aren’t their noble protector — you are someone to be protected from but it takes a lot of dates, a lot of nights where you question whether or not you are actually a good person, for this to ever resonate with you. When it’s over and whatever love is left is put back in the fridge like a sad plate of leftovers, you will finally understand that you have the power to hurt someone. You can either hurt them or love them and it’s up to you to decide what kind of role you would like to take on in future relationships. What feels more comfortable — being the one who loves more or being the one who’s loved less?
You will fall in love with someone who’s cold and always seemingly pushing you away. When all is said and done, they will be forever known as the one person you couldn’t get to love you. Unfortunately, it will hurt and sting worse than the good ones, the ones that chopped up your meat for you and picked out an eyelash from your eye and were nice to your mother, because love often feels like a game we need to win. And when we lose, when we realize we couldn’t get what we ultimately desired from a person, it makes us feel like a failure and erases all the memories of those who loved us in the past. It’s a permanent smudge on your love resume.

“I hope that when you look at the Bill of Rights, you don’t just gloss over them. Because the truth is, ladies and gentlemen, someone was put into jail, someone was tortured, and someone actually had to die, for those words to be written there.”

Pao Magno's Criminal Procedure professor, in his marathon lecture, explaining how the Bill of Rights is a product of blood and tears. 
“Law school taught me one thing: how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.”


Feeling bored? Apathetic? Is the best part about your law degree skipping class to lunch with friends?
You know assessments and exams will be here to ruin your early semester reverie soon enough, but you’re feeling uninspired. It was exciting back when you started this crazy little thing called law, but this semester you like law school about as much as Voldemort liked Harry Potter. No wonder you’re pretty keen to bail. But should you?
Here are some reasons to tough it out...


When you enrolled in law you were thrilled at the prospect of becoming a legal legend – like Denny Crane, or the slightly nefarious Cleaver Greene. But now you would rather become just about anything other than a lawyer… and that’s cool too.

How to Date a Law Student:

Make Love Notes Long and Confusing
Brevity and clarity make law school students feel uncomfortable and agitated, much like normal people feel at the DMV. For example, don’t say, “Let’s head back home early for some fun.” Instead say, “Let’s return early to the domicile for some malfeasance.”

As a law student, the two feelings that I’m constantly swinging between.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Leave of Absence From Law School

                              03 December 2012

Dean, College of Law
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Sta Mesa, Manila


This is to inform you that, I, Jocelle Osana G. Dela Cruz, a freshman student from LLB 1-6 of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, College of Law, Sta. Mesa, Manila have successfully accomplished the First Semester of Academic year 2012-2013.

I handled to survive the 1st semester despite all the circumstances I faced along the way, however, due to our family's financial problem, I will not be able to enroll for the 2nd semester which is a very painful decision on my part since going to law school and the stress it brings have been part of my daily routine.

Monday, November 26, 2012

On hiatus ...

Yes, you read it right! I'm on hiatus now. I'm just having a short break from the busy life of a law student. I'm just savoring every moment I have now to enjoy the life that I've also wanted . Bar hopping! Gigs! Luxurious Sleep! OL All day! GOD! THIS IS LIFE! Yeah! I really can enjoy life now! I'm now doing the things I've deprived myself of doing since I've decided to go to law school. But at the end of the day everything boils down to one question... Is this really the life that I wanted? The answer is NO... a big NO! I should be honest to myself with this. I'd rather have more sleepless nights reading and memorizing FACTS, ISSUES and RULINGS of CASES assigned for us to read for different subjects we have in law school . I'd rather spend the whole afternoon in a deafening silence environment inside the law school library. I'd rather dose myself with energy drinks to keep me awake because I still have class on a Saturday after the whole frustrating week than to have a hang over the next day after having a laklakan session with my bandmates which I do not really regret at all. Little did I mention that I have friends with God-given talent in singing and dancing and I'm lucky enough to witness them myself. I'd rather wear irritating corporate clothes upon going to school straight from work than to have comfortable clothes which I only wear at home. I'd rather carry tons of books I need in law school than to fill my bag with useless stuffs I need to bring out the kikayness in me. The most important thing that I'd rather be doing is seeing my friends in law school and debate with them all day long about their stands with a certain case than to waste my time having bolahan conversations with my suitors. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Ten Students You will Meet in Law School

Posted by:  BITTER CONTRIBUTOR on JUNE 14, 2010
They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Which, if you’re in law school, means you shouldn’t let any of these ten rat bastards out of your site for even a minute.
1The Immaculate Altruist. She’s here to get a law degree so she can save the homes of poor immigrant whales from foreclosure.  She disdains anyone who doesn’t dream of working non-profit.  To her, law, unlike any other field of study, is either about spreading rainbows and peach cobbler to the corners of the universe or greedily snatching up money whilst helping Rich Corporation A sue Richer Corporation B.

My First Year in Law School

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

An Open Letter To A Diffident Friend of Mine ...

Dearest Sabrina ,

          Halos 5 years na rin tayong nagkakasama no? Since undergrad kaklase na kita pero di ko masabing magkakilala na nga tayo sa mga panahon na yun kasi we both belong to different circle of friends. Ang lagi ko kasing nkakausap lang ay si Sienn na walang choice kundi ang tumabi saken dahil sa pareho kaming Dela Cruz ang surname. Siguro it is safe to say na you are the opposite of who I am. Kaya siguro medyo naniwala ka noon na kesyo ganito ang ugali ko at hndi madaling makasundo. I can't blame them, sobrang strong naman kasi talaga ng personality ko kaya maraming nagsasabi na hndi ako madaling pakisamahan. Kung ano yung kinalakas ng dating ng aura ko sya namang kinatahimik ng pagkatao mo. Konting dikit pa saken Sahb lalakas din ang loob mo. Contagious kaya ang fighting spirit ko :)) Nakakatawa no? Kapag nakkwento naten sa mga kaklase natin noon na tayo ang magkasundo sa Law School nagugulat sila at nagtataka kung paanong ang isang tahimik na tulad mo ay sasama sa ubod ng ingay na kagaya ko. Well, sabi nga nila "Opposite attracts".

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Law School ...



Packing up your books and leaving the distractions of your house, you tell yourself that you’ll study much better in the library at uni. Your conviction lasts until the moment you arrive at the library and decide you need a coffee before you can start studying and oh no, you’ve forgotten your laptop power cord.

You decide to head home to the creature comforts that will definitely make studying easier and more productive. It’s the “I’ll study better at home/at uni” catch 22.
Having trouble deciding where you’ll study most effectively? Consider the following advantages and disadvantages of studying at home and in the library...

When your friends ask you about your grades and you're not in the mood to talk about it ...

How law students feel after surviving first sem in Law School

Me when I saw my grades and learned I passed all the subjects

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Things to live by ...

God First .. Others Later

You Can if You Think You Can!

You Can If You Think You Can! 
~ C. W. Longenecker ~

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will.

A Jar and the Beer: An Inspiring Story

When things in your life seem almost to much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar... and the beer.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

Letter of A Law Student to his future self ...

Yes ! Check ! Tama ! Korek ! Hindi ako mali ng pronoun na ginamit (his) kasi may isshare lang ako sa inyo na nakita kong sulat mula sa isang blog na nakita ko sa net . Sya ng author ng blog na "Kwentong Barbero". Dati rin syang law student and I really have no idea kung abogado na sya ngayon kaya hndi na sya nkakapag-blog kasi ang last post nya ay noong 2007 pa, pero dahil mabusisi ako nakita ko na asensado na pala ang blog nya dahil may sarili na syang website at mas makikilala mo sya dito. Sana ok lang sa kanya na nire-post ko to . After all, tingin ko marami namang matutuwang law students dito eh :)) So , Ito na yung letter nya nung 27 years old palang sya sa 48 years old na sya ...

Dear Future Me – 48 years old, 

The law students clutter...

Posted by: Saint Rubelo

Its quite a funny thought to ponder about my expectations before i entered law school. During those times I had a high regard for law students (those know it all bastards) standing proudly in their polo barongs prowling the streets of dapitan while puffing their daily intake of nicotine and tar. I was a freshmen AB student that time and for me it was a classic sight just like a child seeing for the first time the heroes that he admired, and promised to himself one day I'll be wearing the same off-white polo barong armed with that law school smile and pride.

Keep Calm and Enjoy Law School ...

Top (From left to right): Sabrina Hernandez [The Humblest of Them All], Kimberley Gustilo [Delicious Ambiguity], Monica Ramirez [Go Negosyante], Fatima Santos [A Lawyer's Daughter]
Bottom (From left to right): Ana Juanito [Madam Accountant], Jocelle Dela Cruz [The Legally Blunt], Sandra Bruan [Soon-to-be-CPA], Hennie Magalona [The CPA/Law Student's Girlfriend]

Things Not to Say to a Law Student

Law students are not a particularly sensitive bunch. Sure, we have existential crises at the start of each semester, but beyond that we are pretty tough. However, there are some things which law students, lecturers, and everyday people say that just cannot continue to be said...


Before I started my degree, I had no idea how many of my close friends and associates were aspiring career criminals! I mean, they don't even want to know what kind of law I study or even if I'm any good at it. Apparently, they are so desperate to break the law that they will rely upon the advice of the first lawyer they meet who might give them mates-rates!
Am I still a person of good fame and character if I am surrounded by the future faces of crime? On a serious note: Stop saying this! This is so annoying!

Exactly how I felt when I went to Law School ...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


“Imagine being in a goldfish bowl. The lid is sealed. Now imagine this goldfish bowl doesn’t sit next to the window of some retired professor’s country home. Imagine it sits in the middle of the hottest party of the century. Sure you can see it, you can hear it, you can even feel the vibration, but you just can’t live it. Enter the lives of law students.”–Love Uncensored.

It’s hard to believe but somewhere between beginning and finishing law school there is another world – a world full of social opportunities and even the odd whirlwind romance. Yes, despite the expectation of 12-14 hours of study each day and a generalization of social ineptitude, some law students manage to attract a lover… I’m being dead serious!

So whether you’re a law student considering dating someone from your extremely insulated community of high achievers and stress nuts, or you’re a non-law student curious as to what a fling with a law student is like, the Survive Law team has a plethora of relationship experiences (both harrowing and heart warming). From one law student considering dialing 000 when she got trapped underneath a sleeping boyfriend’s arm on the night she had to complete a contracts assignment, to feeling jealous about partners enduring far less demanding degrees, dating while tending to your precious law degree can be absolutely terrifying and exciting at the same time (I think they call that adrenaline or something).

Here is some tried and tested relationship advice for those brave enough to take the plunge:

1. You will never win an argument. And if you try to get away with lying to us during an argument you will never get away with it; we remember every bit of evidence. File under: emotional blackmail.

2. Don’t be surprised if you witness countless breakdowns – it’s not odd to come home to your law student partner shaving off the remainder of their hair in the mirror while aggressive music plays them on.

3. No matter how many affirmations you throw their way, a law student will never believe you. In school they were the cream of the crop, but in law school no matter how hard they try they still believe that they’re failures. Insecurity and law students go hand in hand.

4. When your law student says they are “busy” everyday, they aren't planning to break up with you through a drawn out process of abandonment – they are legitimately busy.

5. They find it hard to relax – winding down by going for a walk or watching a film together? They want you to believe that they are relaxed but swirling around in that mind of theirs are thoughts about all the study opportunities your company is denying them.

6. You will need to adapt to their ways of communication – if you are imagining hour long phone calls or constant text messaging between yourself and your law school lover, think again. The most revered form of contact in the law school is usually Facebook chat, because, yes, in-between those hours of computer study there are even more hours of procrastination via Facebook.

7. Don’t even think about summer love – when holidays loom so does summer semester and clerkship season. Don’t say I didn't warn you.

Despite all our foibles, a relationship with a law student doesn't have to be terrible, and there are magical success stories which illustrate how truly wonderful a law romance can be. Law students are engaging, determined and extremely passionate about their topics of interest, so if you meet the right baby lawyer and don’t mind their legal ramblings there is no doubt they can make a great partner and a true friend.

What are your tips for dating a law student? Share them in the comments section below!

A few things being a student of law has taught us so far:

1. Sleeping is a luxury. Unless you are in class - then its an art.

2. Contrary to popular opinion, your love for books will go up, albeit only for the non academic ones (that you’ll rarely have the chance to read)

3. Arguing over trivial things will seem like a hobby, where you’ll start using legal terms in plain conversation and ask for evidence whenever your opponent tries to make a point.

4. You will feel inclined to write-up contracts for everything.

5. All your non-law friends will think you are like God and can save them if they rape or kill someone. Tell them you will. It makes them happy.

6. You can threaten people that you will sue them if they did something disagreeable towards you. You’ll see fear flash through their eyes… then you’ll chuckle in your head because suing them is not actually possible but they don’t know that and are now afraid of you anyway.

7. Your creative writing skills will improve. The reason? Exams.

8. Multi-tasking will become a necessity.

9. You will learn that you are not as awesome as you thought you were… but that someday you might be!

10. You will try to prove everything, irrespective of how unreasonable it sounds. Just for kicks. 

Source: University Of Westminster LLB Law FB page

The first semester of law school, in a nutshell .


When an Incoming Law Student ask How Profs in Law Schools are like ...


Dear First Year Law Students ,

There's nothing better than dying because of pursuing your dreams ^^

Just a tip for MY FUTURE HUSBAND ...

Your argument is INVALID :)

When I overhear undergrads whining about their upcoming exams ...

When someone tells me they thought that our final was super easy ..

I’m like:

When people won’t stop talking about our exam after it’s over ...

My Prof's reaction when he reads my answer in the Finals ...

To all those who think they know EVERYTHING ..


How my siblings look like while waiting for me to finish using the computer ...

True Story !

When you have to evaluate THE PROF YOU REALLY DISLIKED ...

No , seriously !

My thoughts while taking my final exams ...

Just when you thought midterm's the worst !

First Semester in Law School is FINALLY OVER !

So , where can we find a place for unlimited beer ??
Hahahaha !

I'm starting to think of something good to do this Sembreak ...
Any suggestions ?

Law School Scenario 014

When you only have 10 minutes to study before the exam ...

Law School Scenario 012

After a gunner eagerly answers the professor’s question 
and gets it totally wrong. When I answer correctly, 

I’m like:

(Could this even be possible ?? YESSSS !)

Law School Scenario 013

When my professor 
makes a dumb joke during the class.

(Happens every Constitutional Law I class)

Law School Scenario 011

When my college friends talk to me about their jobs, 
wedding plans, vacations, boyfriends, new houses, etc.

Law School Scenario 010

When my friends invite me out 
but I have to stay at home and finish reading for the class.

This is soooo me every single f*$% Friday night :((

Law School Scenario 009

To all those who will take the second week 
of the Bar Exam this Sunday ...

Good luck !
We salute you !

Law School Scenario 008

To all the incoming 1Ls …

Law School Scenario 007

When my non-law friends try to relate 
to my law school experience.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Law School Scenario 006

When my professor calls on me to answer his ridiculously difficult 
hypothetical question  in the class.

This is soooo Persons and Family Relations :))

Law School Scenario 005

When my professor assigns TWENTY cases to read 
and then only discusses FIVE of them the next day.

I was like:

No ... Seriously ?

Law School Scenario 004

When I check my Law School Grades ...

Law School Scenario 003

When my professor keeps lecturing after class is supposed to end.

I was like:

Swear ! We have a Prof like that :))

Law School Scenario 002

When it's time for me to pay my tuition fee in Law School ...

Law School Scenario 001

When I don’t know the answer to my professor’s question 
and look at my seatmates for help.

What to Expect on Your First Semester in Law School

I do not recommend law school for many people, but if you have made the decision to go, and are sticking to it, here are a few things to expect.

The first day of law school, like the first day of any long journey, is exciting and scary. Orientation will probably be the beginning step, where the professors and dean will give speeches about how special you are for being there. If you have gotten into law school, you are special. Specially sado-masochistic. But anyway...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ano nga ba ang nilalaman ng Cyber Crime Law ??

Sa totoo lang npakaraming ayaw o hindi pabor sa pagpasa ng batas na may kinalaman 
sa malayang pagpapahayag ng saloobin sa mundo ng Internet.

Wala pa akong masyadong pang-unawa sa bagong batas na ito pero hndi ko na kailangan pang maging experto sa batas para hndi mapuna na ito ay taliwas sa sagradong batas na nkapaloob sa 

Sec. 4 at Section 18. (1) Article III also known as The Bill of Rights

"Section 4. No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, 

of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances."

Section 18. (1) No person shall be detained solely by reason of his political beliefs and aspirations.

Isa akong blogger, responsableng blogger!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Study Tips for the Exams !

It's that time again. Say goodbye to fingernails, goodbye to your social life and goodbye to sleep. Exams are looming, but don't start stressing just yet. QS Top Universities has put together the top 10 study tips you'll need to get the results you want.

1. Give yourself enough time to study. Don't leave it until the last minute. Despite what people say, cramming all the information into your brain the night before isn't the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organise your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with.

The Legally Blunt says: Tooomoooo ! Sabi nga ng kwela kong prof sa LegPro kahit gano ka kagaling kung 3 hours ka lang nag-aral , talo ka pa rin sa 8 hours nag-aral ... Medyo mahirap nga langto sa Law School lalo pa at halos puro working students tayo pero sabi nga nila if there's a will , there's a way !

Reviwer for the Finals [1st Year, 1st Sem]

Just click on the Linked Title of the  Subject and there you go !
 You can now download the file ...

by Rufus Rodriguez

Prepared by Justin Sucgang

UP Law

Prepared by Atty. Renato Callanta Jr.
The ever generous lawyer/professor from PUP College of Law

Prepared by Louie, Carrie, Evelyn, Thel, Gem, Ronald

Prepared by Ma. Sabrina Hernandez
(The humblest person I've ever known)

UP Law

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Go to Law School They Said ... It will be fun they said !

Kung pwede ko lang iinom lahat ng problema tuwing nkaka-encounter ako ng mahihirap intindihing mga cases , malamang lasenggera na ko ngayon .

Minsan pkiramdam ko , ginagawa ko ng coloring book ang mga libro ko ...
Kunyari iha-highlight ko yung mga importanteng details only to find out puro kulay na pala ang buong pahina . tsk !
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