Bar reviewers urged: Manage physical, mental health

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Aspiring lawyers are urged to do leg exercises and organize their study habits as they review for the 2022 Bar Examinations, which will be back to its November schedule.

According to Court of Appeals Associate Justice John Lee, there are three areas to strengthen in preparation for the exams — physical, mental and spiritual.

“Recent studies have shown strength of the leg muscles is directly connected with brain power. If there’s anything you need to exercise, that must be your legs,” he said in his pep talk.

He added that taking care of one’s health includes avoiding activities that may infect them with Covid-19. Some Bar examinees this year failed to take the exam because they tested positive for the virus.

On mental preparation, Lee said graduates must take at least a day off each week while reviewing and during the month of the Bar Exam itself, allot relaxation time after each Sunday.

“If you doubt yourself or if you want to quit, just don’t. Go back to thinking that you are already a law graduate. Teachers have already helped you possess the basic knowledge of the laws,” Lee said.

He said Bar Exams are the physical manifestation and actual confirmation of the basic legal knowledge they already possess.

The Supreme Court (SC) has extended the application period for the 2022 Bar Exams until 15 August from the original 15 July deadline, “in order to give all interested law graduates ample time to prepare and submit their documentary requirements” and ensure enough time to process and verify applications.

Applicants must use the SC online platform Bar Personalized Login Unified System.

A total of 8,241 examinees passed the 2020-2021 Bar Exams held 4 and 6 February, equivalent to 72.28 percent of the 11,402 law graduates who took the grueling test and it was the first to be held digitally and in multiple sites across the country, the same formats to be used this year.

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