Pursuing law as a profession means devoting years of your life to learning about the foundations of the country's justice system and earning a Juris Doctor degree. If becoming a lawyer is one of your goals in life, then here's something to learn from human rights lawyer Atty. Chel Diokno.
In an interview with Toni Gonzaga on her YouTube channel, Atty. Diokno talked about how he ended up becoming a lawyer as well as the reminder he always tells his students. ICYDK, Atty. Diokno's father, Jose "Pepe" Diokno, was a former senator and lawyer. His dad was one of only two bar topnotchers who did not earn a law degree, and Atty. Diokno has always been inspired by everything his dad did.
Just like his father, Atty. Diokno went on to become a human rights lawyer. But aside from that, he is also the founding dean of the De La Salle University College of Law. And to pass on the words of wisdom he picked up from his dad, Atty. Diokno would remind his own students that lawyers never stop learning, even after earning their law degrees. "Akala niyo mahirap mag-aral ng law. Pero actually, yung buong buhay mo bilang abogado, pag-aaral 'yon until the last day that you practice," he shares.
Aside from having the eagerness to learn, Atty. Diokno also previously shared a few tips for current and aspiring law students, which includes learning to be good in both speaking and writing, being a more dedicated reader, and finding ways to navigate through stress (because there's no shortage of it in law school!).
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