Nothing moot about the BarOps

June 21, 2017

The shift in the academic calendar means students in the Loyola Schools and the Professional Schools start their vacation in June.
 
But for Ateneo Law students, June is the start of the Bar Review Program—the 5-month review program which helps law students prepare for the national bar examinations. With lecturers made up of faculty members of the Ateneo Law School (ALS), the program has lectures on topics related to the Bar exams: Labor Law, Civil Law, Political Law, Tax Laws, Criminal Law, and Commercial Law.
 
The start of the Bar Review program also sets off the Ateneo Central Bar Operations (BarOps). A group of volunteers from the ALS, BarOps serves as a support group for Ateneans taking the Bar exams. They provide transportation, academic, and even financial aid to bar takers.
 

20017 Ateneo BarOps Heads. From L-R (standing): Isa Avanceña, Esa Banta, Yan Vanslembrouck, KG Guiang, Den Tan. From L-R (seated): Mico Clavano, Chris Co

2017 Ateneo BarOps Heads. From L-R (standing): Isa Avanceña, Esa Banta, Yan Vanslembrouck, KG Guiang, Den Tan. From L-R (seated): Mico Clavano, Chris Co

 
Heading this year’s BarOps for Administrative Matters is fourth year student Isa Avanceña.

“My responsibilities include coordination with the other committees, communication with the law school administration, faculty, and bar takers, distribution of review materials, and fundraising,” she says. BarOps is divided into 3 committees: Hotel, Academics, and Administration. There is also another committee for sponsorship and fundraising, she adds.
 
Avanceña’s brush with BarOps began when she was in her first year.
 
“During my orientation seminar when I was an incoming freshman, some seniors came into our classroom to talk about BarOps and recruit volunteers. They talked a lot about BarOps as a way of ‘paying it forward’ and (of) contributing to the law school community.”
 
A self-professed ‘self-idealistic freshman,’ Avanceña’ signed up, thinking that she only needed to volunteer for a day or two.  Spending time with other BarOps volunteer students, however, changed her attitude.
 

20116 Ateneo  BarOps Heads celebrating with Dean Candelaria upon the release of the Bar Results.

2016 Ateneo  BarOps Heads celebrating with Dean Candelaria upon the release of the Bar Results. 

 
“Despite the hard work and odd hours, I saw how much fun they had and the bond they formed with each other. There was just this overwhelming sense of community and I wanted to really be a part of it.”
 
Preparing for the Bar exams—considered to be one of the Philippines’ hardest licensure examinations— may take its toll on one’s physical and emotional health. Student support groups like BarOps, Avanceña says, is a big help.
 
“The people in your own school—students, faculty, and staff—they become your family. BarOps help nurture that feeling. When the Bar results are released, everyone is filled with emotions and the whole community comes alive. It’s those moments that really remind you that whatever stress you went through is worth it,” she says.
 

Acads Heads and Volunteers work into the early hours of the morning on reviewers and tips for the bar takers.

Acads Heads and Volunteers work into the early hours of the morning on reviewers and tips for the bar takers.

 
More than possessing research, writing, speaking, and analytical skills, those who chose to carve a legal career know that to be a lawyer is to be of service. And BarOps, Avanceña says, is a great reminder of that.
 
“Even though each of us has his or her own path, there’s still the bigger picture, that of being men and women for others.”
 

 

 

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  • Nothing moot about the BarOps
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    The shift in the academic calendar means students in the Loyola Schools and the Professional Schools start their vacation in June.
     
    But for Ateneo Law students, June is the start of the Bar Review Program—the 5-month review program which helps law students prepare for the national bar examinations. With lecturers made up of faculty members of the Ateneo Law School (ALS), the program has lectures on topics related to the Bar exams: Labor Law, Civil Law, Political Law, Tax Laws, Criminal Law, and Commercial Law.
     
    The start of the Bar Review program also sets off the Ateneo Central Bar Operations (BarOps). A group of volunteers from the ALS, BarOps serves as a support group for Ateneans taking the Bar exams. They provide transportation, academic, and even financial aid to bar takers.
     

    20017 Ateneo BarOps Heads. From L-R (standing): Isa Avanceña, Esa Banta, Yan Vanslembrouck, KG Guiang, Den Tan. From L-R (seated): Mico Clavano, Chris Co

    2017 Ateneo BarOps Heads. From L-R (standing): Isa Avanceña, Esa Banta, Yan Vanslembrouck, KG Guiang, Den Tan. From L-R (seated): Mico Clavano, Chris Co

     
    Heading this year’s BarOps for Administrative Matters is fourth year student Isa Avanceña.

    “My responsibilities include coordination with the other committees, communication with the law school administration, faculty, and bar takers, distribution of review materials, and fundraising,” she says. BarOps is divided into 3 committees: Hotel, Academics, and Administration. There is also another committee for sponsorship and fundraising, she adds.
     
    Avanceña’s brush with BarOps began when she was in her first year.
     
    “During my orientation seminar when I was an incoming freshman, some seniors came into our classroom to talk about BarOps and recruit volunteers. They talked a lot about BarOps as a way of ‘paying it forward’ and (of) contributing to the law school community.”
     
    A self-professed ‘self-idealistic freshman,’ Avanceña’ signed up, thinking that she only needed to volunteer for a day or two.  Spending time with other BarOps volunteer students, however, changed her attitude.
     

    20116 Ateneo  BarOps Heads celebrating with Dean Candelaria upon the release of the Bar Results.

    2016 Ateneo  BarOps Heads celebrating with Dean Candelaria upon the release of the Bar Results. 

     
    “Despite the hard work and odd hours, I saw how much fun they had and the bond they formed with each other. There was just this overwhelming sense of community and I wanted to really be a part of it.”
     
    Preparing for the Bar exams—considered to be one of the Philippines’ hardest licensure examinations— may take its toll on one’s physical and emotional health. Student support groups like BarOps, Avanceña says, is a big help.
     
    “The people in your own school—students, faculty, and staff—they become your family. BarOps help nurture that feeling. When the Bar results are released, everyone is filled with emotions and the whole community comes alive. It’s those moments that really remind you that whatever stress you went through is worth it,” she says.
     

    Acads Heads and Volunteers work into the early hours of the morning on reviewers and tips for the bar takers.

    Acads Heads and Volunteers work into the early hours of the morning on reviewers and tips for the bar takers.

     
    More than possessing research, writing, speaking, and analytical skills, those who chose to carve a legal career know that to be a lawyer is to be of service. And BarOps, Avanceña says, is a great reminder of that.
     
    “Even though each of us has his or her own path, there’s still the bigger picture, that of being men and women for others.”