Noses buried in highlighted photocopies of the Bedan red book. Huge earmuffs designed to block even the faintest of sounds. A jug full of ice cold water ready to quench the thirst away. All these in a day’s work for a typical bar reviewee. Not quite an unusual sight, considering the first ever MCQ-type bar exam is just (2) two months away.
Indeed, the reviewees are set to face a different challenge this year. Far unlike any other examination, the Supreme Court has deemed it fit to conduct the first MCQ-based bar examination in the Philippines ala New York bar exam. With a different format, reviewees expect a more comprehensive examination and a tougher challenge.
With the changing face of the bar examination, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see bar review centers changing their coaching style to suit the shifting demands and needs of the new-age reviewee. Understanding the importance of remembering as many legal concepts as you can cram into your brain, review centers the likes of Chan Robles sought the medium of the internet to reach out to the reviewees who do not wish to waste their valuable time travelling from their homes to the review centers.
Considered to be the first and only internet-based bar review program, it allows its students to access videotaped lectures and downloadable materials at the convenience of their homes. With a roster including UP’s very own Dean Froilan Bacungan and Professor Harry Roque, the program is a bargain at P8,000.00. Not bad at all. Perhaps when it’s my turn to take the bar examination, I just might give this review center a shot.