Dear fellow students of law,
When I was first admitted to the UP College of Law, I remember visiting Malcolm Hall just to see the place to soak up the atmosphere. Realizing the role of the College in our nation’s development, I said to myself that I was probably going to school with some of the best minds of my generation. The years and subsequent events have somewhat tempered that initial impression; however, there is still a lot of truth in it. You are indeed among the best minds of your generation and, in a very real sense, the leadership of this nation will spring from among you. That’s not an open boast but rather a responsibility that will follow you through your days because of the talents that you already have and the education that you will receive over the next few years.
All freshmen at the UP College of Law are immediately made aware upon their first day of classes about the considerable rigors of law school, with nothing they had ever experienced before in their undergraduate days in college ever comparing to the incredible grind of 4 or 5 years of law studies. Because of the complexity of the academic program and the incredible amount of study required to so much as survive each day and week of class work, law school is a place where one can experience a great deal of stress, often affecting even the student’s basic health. Continue reading
Many a law student may have been attracted to the profession either because of the fame and alleged fortune the more popular lawyers might have formed in the public’s mind or because of the enticement of lawyers in the family or social circles of the student. Continue reading
The study and practice of law is an opportunity given only to a chosen few.To study law is to study life in its various colors and shapes. Hence, this is motivation enough for us to study it in all its grandeur. Students must have the passion and the commitment to finish their law studies. Nothing less will suffice!
Edgar L. Mendoza ’68
I am honored by this invitation to share my thoughts and insights with freshmen students of the UP College of Law. Although I finished my studies long before the present students have been born, I am certain that we have many common experiences that would close the generation gap. Continue reading