- A first-time mother shared her struggles as a parent, employee, and law student
- She said that during her first take, she was not able to pass the 2018 Bar Examination
- The Pinay mom used her son as a motivation to strive harder to provide a better future for her family
- After juggling motherhood, her job, and review, she successfully passed the 2019 Bar Examination
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A new lawyer shared her struggles as a first-time mom, employee, and law student all at once.
KAMI learned that after all the challenges, the Pinay mom successfully made it to the Roll of Attorneys.
As reported by the Philippine Star, Sarah Marie Gemanil-La Madrid did not pass the 2018 Bar Examination in her first try. She admitted that she was not ready when she took the examinations.
“I gave birth in June 2018, then I was appointed to a new work and needed to report by October,” Sarah said.
She was appointed as a legal researcher at the Malabon Regional Trial Court. She entered the world of parenthood and continued her review for the Bar Examination.
“It was so difficult. There were days when I had to choose whether to be a mom, a student or an employee. Of course, being a mother always comes first,” she said.
“During break time at work, instead of reading books, I would pump milk because I was—and still am—breastfeeding. During review on weekends, it’s the same scenario,” she added.
However, her firstborn served as her inspiration to do better and study harder to pass the Bar exams.
“I said to myself when I failed in 2019 that it would be sad that my baby and I would spend more time apart because I will again be reviewing,” Gemanil-La Madrid said.
“So this time, I said to myself that this is really the last so I can take care of him and I can provide a better future for him, if God will allow,” she continued.
The new lawyer also mentioned that she plans to continue working for the Judiciary. She is also eyeing to plan litigation or being a defense attorney or a prosecutor.
As previously reported by KAMI, out of 7,685 aspiring lawyers, only 2,103 passed the 2019 Bar Examination.
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