Thursday, March 19, 2009

Last Day of Class: IHR

Wed, 18 Mar 2009.

The semester is indeed almost over. I will miss Sir Barry.

I will always remember him as the professor who was able to explain the difference between "equality in law" and "equality in fact," in less than a minute, in a way that you will never forget for the rest of your life.

I heart Sir Barry. Despite the previous dismal grades. Sir Barry is funny without even trying. Or maybe it's just me.

*pic taken without consent.


  1. can you still manage to repeat the difference like he meant (at least)? thanks!

  2. He used the LAE and the UP Law admission as an example. There is equality in law there, because anyone who meets the requirements (college graduate, LAE passer) can enroll into the Juris Doctor program. But there is no equality in fact, because if the limited freshman slots were given based on the LAE score ranking, the entire incoming freshman batch would be dominated by graduates from the top universities in the NCR.

    Sir Barry also goes on to explain that in that situation, you would have to put a limit, or a quota, on admissions based on geographic location. That way, you would have guaranteed slots for bright students from every province and region of the archipelago. Here, you do not have equality in law (because of the imposition of the quota), but you have achieved some semblance of equality in fact.

    He explained this two years ago, and I could still recall it. Barry Gutierrez is amazing.