Half the world is sleeping, and half the world is online. (Major in Facebook, anyone?) 🙂
Well, not every one is using the internet checking out the updates on their Facebook profiles. There are also some of us who are searching for information relevant to the study of law and the legal profession.
The internet is a huge source of digital information about virtually anything under the sun. It has become easier for us to search for the cases to read and notes to study on. It takes us only a few seconds to get the information we want since all these are only a few clicks away. But sometimes we get annoyed with our dear friend Mr. Google because of the irrelevant pages that are included on its results page. If you want to skip Google in searching for law notes, SCRA, rules of courts and case rulings, here are 5 sites that you can visit, browse and subscribe to.
- Supreme Court of the Philippines website – This is the main website of the judiciary department of the Philippines. Here you can find full SCRA transcripts, laws, policies, circulars, orders and rules of court, and many more updates on the legal and judiciary arena.
- Chan Robles Virtual Law Library – This site is one of the favorites of many law students. It contains full SCRA transcripts, past bar exam questions, past and existing laws and many other legal texts. They also provide review notes, but not all of these notes are available for free. You can also find past bar exam questions here, but not all questions have suggested answers provided on them. The Chan Robles Virtual Library is owned and managed by the Law Firm of Chan Robles and Associates.
- LawPhil.Net – This is my personal favorite source for full text SCRA cases. I prefer it over Chan Robles since it has a better webpage color (white and lavender). It also provides laws and updates on the judiciary department, but unlike Chan Robles it doesn’t provide notes for bar reviews.
- BATASNatin.Com – This is a good site to start learning all about the Philippine legal arena. It provides information both for the newbies who are trying to have a good grasp with the legal profession and the Philippine laws, and for those professionals and lawyers who are trying to sharpen and continually update themselves with what’s going-on in the judiciary system via the internet. One thing unique with BATASNatin.Com is that it allows anyone to submit relevant articles and other contributions to the site, anything related to the laws and the legal profession, such as your opinion regarding a certain policy or court decision.
- Scribd – This is not a site exclusively dedicated for the legal arena, but this is a great source of law reviewers and past bar exam questions, either with or without suggested answers. You can also find some documents of case digests uploaded by many Scribd users. You can download the files as PDF (Portable Document Format), MS Word or text files, depending on your preferences.
These are the 5 most popular sources but there are many other sites you can visit if you don’t want to use these sites.
Now let’s get to the “juice-ier” part. Here are the top 5 sites where you can search for case digests, and I’ll keep it short.
- Philippine laws and legal system — JLP-Law Blog
- Case Digests of Supreme Court Decisions
- UST Law Review
- Case Digest for Law Students
- Pinay Lawyer.Com
We have to admit that there are times that our head can’t handle dealing with the whole SCRA transcript, and a case digest helps us understand the whole thing that would have sounded to Greek to us (this is especially true for those who are beginners in the study of law). Still, as our lawyer professors would tell us, reading the whole case transcript still provides more knowledge than the case digest.
These are only few of the thousands of sites on the virtual world, so if you think that these sources can’t give you what you are looking for, you can search them up on Google or Yahoo. Remember that in searching on the internet the major skill you will need is a good amount of resourcefulness.
Hope this helps. Believe in yourself! 🙂