ALS goes to Katipunan

November 04, 2019

On October 28, a few members of the Ateneo Law School (ALS) community made the trek to the Loyola campus to share information on, and experiences of, law school and of law studies with college students who are currently discerning life choices and who are considering a career in the law.
 
Held at Escaler Hall, the Roadshow’s speakers conveyed their personal narratives and focused on how Ateneo Law made a difference in their own lives and careers.
 
Dean Joey Hofileña (AB Interdisciplinary Studies, 1983; Bachelor of Laws, 1987), who identified himself as an “Atenean since birth”, shared the vision, mission and identity of ALS and highlighted how ALS was different from other law schools. He observed that Ateneo Law has an institutional purpose that goes beyond dishing out degrees and pointed out that its academic standards are deliberately exacting. It is this rigor, he remarked, that has resulted in consistently high bar performance, top ranking in employability, and appointments to positions of responsibility. Dean Hofileña also stressed that ALS values the person and that formation is a core component of the Ateneo Law education.

Ateneo Law School Dean Joey Hofileña underscores the values that ALS strives to impress upon its students.
Ateneo Law School Dean Joey Hofileña underscores the values that ALS strives to impress upon its students. 

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Maita Chan-Gonzaga
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Maita Chan-Gonzaga serves as event host and moderator.

 
Bar topnotcher Atty. Mickey Ingles (BS Management, Communications Technology, 2006; Juris Doctor, 2012) in turn shared a story of how a football player ended up in law school where he thrived and grew as an individual because he recognized the importance of discipline and grit. He opined that while being intelligent is always a boon, persevering and putting in hard work will always yield much more in real life.

Atty.Mickey Ingles
Atty.Mickey Ingles 
 

Finally, Attys. Crissel Tamondong (AB Social Sciences, minor in Economics and minor in Literature, 2013; Juris Doctor, 2017) and Julian Elizar Torcuator (AB Political Science, minor in Literature, 2013; Juris Doctor, 2017), a couple who got together in their college years, continued their relationship all throughout law school, and stayed together even after the bar, debunked a few myths usually associated with law school and ALS. They talked about the falsity of the “three-month rule” for relationships in law school and the spurious claim of how Ateneo Law only trains you for the Bar exams. They reflected on how they are living proof of how wrong the first claim was and how Ateneo Law always try to teach its students not just to use the law as legal technicians but as nation builders serving the Filipino people.

Atty. Juian Torcuator
Atty. Julian Torcuator 

Atty. Crissel Tamandong
Atty. Crissel Tamandong 

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing law studies attend the open house.
Undergraduate students interested in pursuing law studies attend the open house. 

 
Questions during the open forum ranged from mundane concerns about prerequisite courses and application processes to profound issues regarding life-work-study balance and relevance to Philippine society.
 

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  • ALS goes to Katipunan
    Monday, November 04, 2019

    On October 28, a few members of the Ateneo Law School (ALS) community made the trek to the Loyola campus to share information on, and experiences of, law school and of law studies with college students who are currently discerning life choices and who are considering a career in the law.
     
    Held at Escaler Hall, the Roadshow’s speakers conveyed their personal narratives and focused on how Ateneo Law made a difference in their own lives and careers.
     
    Dean Joey Hofileña (AB Interdisciplinary Studies, 1983; Bachelor of Laws, 1987), who identified himself as an “Atenean since birth”, shared the vision, mission and identity of ALS and highlighted how ALS was different from other law schools. He observed that Ateneo Law has an institutional purpose that goes beyond dishing out degrees and pointed out that its academic standards are deliberately exacting. It is this rigor, he remarked, that has resulted in consistently high bar performance, top ranking in employability, and appointments to positions of responsibility. Dean Hofileña also stressed that ALS values the person and that formation is a core component of the Ateneo Law education.

    Ateneo Law School Dean Joey Hofileña underscores the values that ALS strives to impress upon its students.
    Ateneo Law School Dean Joey Hofileña underscores the values that ALS strives to impress upon its students. 

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Maita Chan-Gonzaga
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Maita Chan-Gonzaga serves as event host and moderator.

     
    Bar topnotcher Atty. Mickey Ingles (BS Management, Communications Technology, 2006; Juris Doctor, 2012) in turn shared a story of how a football player ended up in law school where he thrived and grew as an individual because he recognized the importance of discipline and grit. He opined that while being intelligent is always a boon, persevering and putting in hard work will always yield much more in real life.

    Atty.Mickey Ingles
    Atty.Mickey Ingles 
     

    Finally, Attys. Crissel Tamondong (AB Social Sciences, minor in Economics and minor in Literature, 2013; Juris Doctor, 2017) and Julian Elizar Torcuator (AB Political Science, minor in Literature, 2013; Juris Doctor, 2017), a couple who got together in their college years, continued their relationship all throughout law school, and stayed together even after the bar, debunked a few myths usually associated with law school and ALS. They talked about the falsity of the “three-month rule” for relationships in law school and the spurious claim of how Ateneo Law only trains you for the Bar exams. They reflected on how they are living proof of how wrong the first claim was and how Ateneo Law always try to teach its students not just to use the law as legal technicians but as nation builders serving the Filipino people.

    Atty. Juian Torcuator
    Atty. Julian Torcuator 

    Atty. Crissel Tamandong
    Atty. Crissel Tamandong 

    Undergraduate students interested in pursuing law studies attend the open house.
    Undergraduate students interested in pursuing law studies attend the open house. 

     
    Questions during the open forum ranged from mundane concerns about prerequisite courses and application processes to profound issues regarding life-work-study balance and relevance to Philippine society.