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THE NEXUS: Legally Wired, Available for Release Feb. 11, 2011

The Nexus: Legally Wired

The latest issue of The Nexus will be out for release this Friday, February 11, 2011 with a new cover that features the way law and the internet and computers have integrated in today’s times.

This is probably the first time that the publication have opened the idea about the integration of the cyber world and the legal arena, so everybody are excited to know what it is all about.

Editor-in-Chief JR Lopez Gonzales has already posted the cover page of this latest The Nexus issue in the MSU- College of Law saying , “After a couple of sleepless nights, cups of coffee, stress, tight fund, and a recurring migraine. We’ll release The Nexus before the week ends.”

Indeed the work is far from being easy especially for the full-time instructor and full time student Nexus EIC Gonzales. That’s why being able to finish this issue is one of this talented guy’s “Mission Impossible” accomplishments. Under his brilliant direction and editing, and with the help of layout artist Jed Reyes’ creative hands they were able to publish this awesome addition to The Nexus publication.

The Nexus: Legally Wired features lots of new stories related to the legal arena hot from the internet such as cyber crimes, and also includes the issues on SC plagiarism, the latest activities of the college and internet sources for the law students. It also has the interview with the Assistant Dean of the College, Atty. Alizedney Ditucalan who has been known not only for his brilliant mind but also for his “cool lawyer” fashion statement, and many more.

A lot of people are already excited to have their hands on The Nexus: Legally Wired.

For those who want to grab a copy of this issue, you will have to wait until the final release. The Nexus: Legally Wired is only available for the students of College of Law-  Iligan Extension.

If you want to know more about the latest The Nexus issue or you wanted to contact with the EIC of the said publication, you can get in touch with JR Lopez Gonzales on Facebook, Twitter, or directly through his email. Read more from JR on his blog, POLITIKALON.


The Best Internet Sources for Law Students


The Nexus AY 2010-2011 cover page

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. Philippine laws and legal system — JLP-Law Blog
  2. Case Digests of Supreme Court Decisions
  3. UST Law Review
  4. Case Digest for Law Students
  5. 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! 🙂

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