My name is Jocelle Dela Cruz, a law student in Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the author of the blog "The Legally Blunt". I was born on a hazy day of August 23, 1991. I have small yet tantalizing eyes, aquiline nose, fair complexion and an average built of height and weight. My family and other relatives are fond of calling me Jocelle, but I prefer Jhay-cee. I grew up in a populous yet lively neighborhood in Tatalon, Quezon City.
I best describe myself in 3 C's -- Courageous, Capable and Crazy! I know that perfection doesn't exist in this world but I always make sure that everything I do is out of my 100% effort because in all means, my name is at stake. I enjoy reading mystery novels from authors like Sidney Sheldon, John Grisham and James Patterson. I am also very fond of romantic-comedy movies. Becoming a lawyer was at first my Mom's dream for but as I go along the journey, I learned to love and claim it! I decided to put up this blog to share how it's like to be a one hot crazy law student chic.
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".
WRITTEN BY: SOPHIE 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 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."
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 ...
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.
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...
HEY GREAT, YOU CAN DEFEND ME WHEN I MURDER SOMEONE! HAHA!
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!
“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!
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.
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...