Hi there! Yes, you! 🙂 Welcome to this blog, if this is your first time here! 🙂
I’m Layla, and I am a public servant and a law student (on hiatus) from the Philippines. This blog has been created because I want to reach out to fellow law students who will have to adjust to law school–it’s going to be a different kind of life, andwords are not enough to explain how important it is to still take care of yourself even when you have to catch up on your readings (more on the self-care part in later posts). And speaking of readings, this is what this post is actually about! 🙂
Months ago, I wrote a post about the different kinds of reading materials you will be using in law school. There are so many of them so I thought I’d list them down, hoping that you’ll get yourselves acquainted with your reading materials before the madness ensues. The list comes with handy advice that I have been given as a freshman, and I’m sharing these tips, hoping they would be helpful to you. But here’s a little disclaimer for you: you’re free to take and discard tips that have been shared in the post. After all, different strokes for different folks. What may work for one may not necessarily be effective to his or her classmate.
However, where jurisprudence is concerned, reading them in full text is NOT negotiable–it’s a MUST! Some professors will ask in the recitation the nitty gritty details of the case, just to see if the student ACTUALLY READS IT IN FULL. Never, if you can help it, read just the digest! I had a very embarrassing experience during a recitation. Being pressed for time after a very busy work day, and unable to finish the coverage, I had no choice but to read the digest. Suffice to say when I was called, the recitation was a flub because I didn’t answer all of my professor’s questions–which would be easy enough to answer if I read the full text of the case! Always make time to read the full text–this is very, very important.
I’ll have to stop here–else I won’t be able to share anything in the next post! Totally excited to show you guys how to search for jurisprudence the traditional way and online. And probably, how to digest cases too. 🙂