METHODS AND MATERIALS OF INSTRUCTION

Unless otherwise indicated on 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.

In the clinical method, the students are exposed to the practical problems of law practice and are given an opportunity to learn by doing.

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.

Subject Matter of Courses

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.