Philippine Attorneys have a certain unique charm to them. Being an attorney holds a reputation of having high intellect, poise, and presence. It is not an easy job and it requires good analytical skills, researching skills, excellent deducing skills, and logical thinking ability. Interpersonal skills, communication and mastery of the written and spoken language are also other skills that an attorney should have. It is not a career for those who have a weak heart or are not willing to get their hands dirty. They are often under great pressure and are stressed due to the cases that they are handling. Some of these cases can be really controversial, critical, may affect several lives, and can make them susceptible to danger and threats. In addition, the 1984 Philippine Constitution can be really tricky to interpret.
We may all have an idea how difficult this occupation can get. Starting off from the tedious education years they need to go through and the volumes and volumes of books they need to study as students to get a degree in law. There is the nerve-wracking bar examinations that they need to pass to be able to practice as licensed attorneys. Even after passing the exam, it is also hard to get into a decent law firm. These are just some of the struggles that an aspiring Philippine attorney need to go through. It can be overkill if we think about it closely but these struggles are some of the factors that contribute to the prestige of being a Philippine attorney. We may say that this career is worth the troubles considering it could be a well-paying job.
But not everyone stays in the career path of practicing law. More often and similar to graduates of other courses, law graduates are forced explore other fields other than being an attorney due to the changing demand of employment. Some of them would resort on taking up posts in certain corporations as a part of their legal department; some in completely unrelated field. And some use their legal knowledge or experience as an attorney to run for public office. You may not be surprised to know that some of the most celebrated Filipino politicians are graduates of law or have previously been Philippine attorneys.
To name a few, here is a short list including the University from which they graduated from:
- Manuel Roxas Manuel A. Roxas - 1st President of the 3rd Philippine Republic; topped the 1913 Bar Exam (University of the Philippines)
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- Ferdinand E. Marcos - 6th President of the 3rd Philippine Republic; topped the 1939 Bar Exams Bar Exam (University of the Philippines)
- Jose P. Laurel - President of the 2nd Philippine Republic; 2nd placer, 1915 Bar Exams (University of the Philippines)
- Elpidio C. Quirino - 2nd President of the 3rd Philippine Republic; 2nd placer, 1915 Bar Exams (University of the Philippines)
- Sergio S. Osmeña - 2nd President of the Philippine Commonwealth; 2nd placer, 1903 Bar Exams (University of Santo Tomas)
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