Methods and Materials Instruction
Unless otherwise indicated in the course description, instruction is by the question-and-answer method accompanied by discussion. The method seeks to enable the student to understand the vital points the assignment, to develop analytical faculty, and to engender a critical attitude with respect to rules, conclusions, or theories. This form of the modified Socratic method is used whether the class is studying a textbook, a court decision, or a statutory provision. The purely lecture method is very rarely used. The title of lecturer or professorial lecturer given to some members of the faculty has reference to their part-time status in the teaching staff rather than to the method they are expected to follow in their class instruction.
The seminar method is also employed. A group of advanced students study under a professor or professors with each student doing original research and all exchanging results through reports and discussions.
The courses comprehend a study of general principle and basic theories of law as an intellectual discipline, as well as a systematic and analytical examination of the specific codes and other statutory enactments in force in the Philippines together with interpretative court decisions and other pertinent materials. The civil-law basis of most of private laws of the country and the common-law concept embodied in the public laws and derived particularly from Anglo-American jurisprudence are closely borne in mind. Consequently, the materials of study are textbooks, statutes, cases, and other authoritative works on law and jurisprudence. Non-legal materials derived from other branches of the social sciences which have a bearing on the development and significance of the law are often resorted to for a better understanding of the meaning of specific legal provisions and their underlying policies.