JORENZ OBIEDO – Former Kargador Graduates as Batch Valedictorian from Law School

Meet Jorenz Obiedo, a former kargador who is now a law school graduate

JORENZ OBIEDO – The former kargador (porter) and street vendor defied the odds to graduate as the batch valedictorian from the University of Caloocan College of Law.

Despite financial challenges and the need to support his education from a young age, Obiedo remained steadfast in his pursuit of knowledge. He worked various jobs, from being a porter for soft drinks to selling dirty ice cream and washing dishes, to make ends meet.

His determination to break free from the cycle of poverty and provide a better future for his family fueled his journey. Through diligence, perseverance, and resourcefulness, Obiedo overcame obstacles and achieved academic excellence. “Ayokong maging part ‘yung buhay ko ng cycle ng poverty. Ayoko rin po maranasan po nung magiging anak ko ‘yung naranasan ko po,” he said.

Jorenz Obiedo

Now, he aims to work at the Public Attorney’s Office, driven by his desire to help others in need of justice. Obiedo’s inspiring story serves as a testament to the power of determination and resilience in the face of adversity. “Gusto ko rin po makatulong sa ibang tao. Mga kagaya ko po na wala pong means na maka-access sa justice,” he said.

Meanwhile, a law School is an institution that prepares students to become lawyers by teaching them about various areas of law, legal principles, and skills needed for legal practice. The curriculum includes subjects like case law, statutory law, legal writing, and oral advocacy. Typically, students earn a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in three years, though part-time options are available. After graduating, they must pass a bar exam to practice law. Law school equips students with critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills, opening career opportunities in private practice, law firms, government, corporate counsel, and public interest law.

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