Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Book Review, Bernas' Constitutional Reviewer

Only four days to go before the start of the Bar exams. For this coming Sunday, it's going to be Political Law and Labor Law. For practically all bar takers, they surely want to have a good start for the first exam of the bar - which is Political Law. And in order to have that good start, every bar taker must have in their arsenal Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas' The 1987 Philippine Constitution A Comprehensive Reviewer.

Originally known as the Primer, Fr. B's 2006 edition Reviewer is arguably the best Consti reviewer there is. In this Q&A book, the most relevant case laws are already digested, cutting to the core of the issues for the reader's convenience. Thus, it is easy to read, since it is concise in form without sacrificing the substance. Moreover, the codal provisions of the Constitution are already incorporated, so you don't have to cross-refer the discussions with your bulky codal.

On the minus side, this edition has quite a number of typographical errors. But there is no major typo, though. At most, the typos will distract your reading from time to time.

All in all, a highly recommended book. It's a no brainer - if you're a bar taker and you haven't read this book yet, maybe you still can. After all, there are still four days left before the bar exams.

Title: The 1987 Philippine Constitution A Comprehensive Reviewer
Author: Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J.
Year of Publication: 2006
Publisher: Rex Bookstore, Inc.
Number of Pages: 580

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