Much has been said about habeas corpus, most especially when this legalistic term has not just been a term alone. In 2013, the name rings when it circulated around the social media, not for any circumstance it is usually associated, but for the reason that among the 5,292 bar examinees a name like Habeas Corpuz rise to passed the bar.
Well, Corpuz’s unique name drew much interest that he became a topnotcher of a sort in the social media platforms. The name Habeas Corpuz he got is a play on the legal term “habeas corpus,” which refers to an extraordinary relief given by the court ordering authorities having custody of a person “to produce the body in court.”
He was named such after his father, a Philippine Air Force soldier, had been hearing the term during the post-EDSA Revolution. According to Corpuz, his parents could not agree on what the name of the child, thus, when the nurse on duty asks her father what will be the name, he exclaimed “Habeas.”
The irony of it, this is not new to Corpuz, as for him, he’s even more ready for it and it is his inspiration to become a lawyer someday. Now with the abbreviation Atty. attached to his name, a simple address in his name as attorney wouldn’t be any awkward.
Habeas Corpuz is a proud graduate of University of the Visayas, he entered the university year 2005 and enrolled himself in Political Science. During college, he imparted more of his knowledge and skills as he became President of the Political Science Society and of no surprise, in the university’s supreme student council.
Graduated 2009, he then immediately proceeded to law. During this time, he concentrated on studying and lied low to extra-curricular activities. After four years studying law, he also became a faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the Visayas, teaching of course political science and social sciences.
Preparing for the Bar Exams
“It has always been the principle of the study of the law that when you prepare for the bar, it should be on the very first day of your law school,” he said. Well in studying law, it is given that a lot of reading has to be done, what are those oral recitations in class you have to answer. In his entire four-year course in the law, he spent six hours of reading every single day.
After the much-dreaded preparation in law school, that’s when you have to prepare to take the exam through a review. In his case, he went to Manila for seven months and reviewed in Arellano University. “If there’s one thing about law that we don’t want to repeat,” Corpuz said, “is the review.”
Nobody said it was easy, like what late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said, that taking law is like a walk in the park, but it’s in the Jurassic Park. Months, weeks and days passed the review comes the much-awaited bar examination.
Tips to Pass the Bar
In taking the bar, an examinee has to go to Manila. It is four Sundays, eight subjects. “You need to be mentally and physically tough,” he said. “When we say physically can you sit for eight hours straight, then mentally can your mind work for eight hours trying to comprehend the questions, recall the provision of the law and trying to write it down with reasoning,” he continued.
The tough part, aside from the exams, Corpuz said that he can’t even sleep the night before the exams. After the first day, he even got sick and as a Visayanian by blood, he has to go and continue for the dreams.
Though the bar is very challenging, you really can’t pass if you didn’t even study in the first place. But if you are reasonable enough, high chances to label yourself lawyer comes see through.
When asked about what are his tips to aspiring lawyers in taking the bar, Habeas Corpuz imparted this, as he is always been saying—The 3 L’s. “It has always been Law, Logic, and Language,” he said. “Language, you have to have a good command of the English Language, Logic must be affluent and you must have the knowledge of the Law.”
He then said, “Once you have these three things, surely and certainly you can pass the bar.” He continued, “For those who are not good in handwriting, I suggest that they have to improve also.” It is also considered since the exam is much more of the reasoning, one has to write and the examiners couldn’t decipher or ready anything, they just throw it away. Of course, as Corpuz number one shield in the field, he said, “never forget to pray.”
By Carlo Rivera
Photography TJ Delima