What do you think is the main problem that the law school community is facing now and how would you address it?
This would definitely be the calendar shift. I mean even now, there were some difficulties because of the summer classes and the internship schedule, so this just shows us some of the problems that have arisen because of the shift. But this really affects the primary reason why we all go through the daily grind everyday – the Bar. In the near future, the Bar month would coincide with classes and even exams. It’s challenging enough to get students to volunteer during a time when there were no classes. It would definitely be much more difficult to mobilize students when they in fact also have their own recitations and exams to keep them busy.
Of course, incentives and such would be one of the ways to conduct efficient bar operations. But more I think one of the best solutions to this is to mobilize the alumni of the Ateneo Law School. If we can get the alumni to lend out a helping hand (ranging from funding, manpower during the operations, or even to support for the academics portion of the bar) to the school who had once served them during that crucial month of their life as a lawyer, then it would both be a big help to not only those taking the bar, but even the resident students.
What is one idea that you would like the student council to implement next year?
I would not say it’s entirely a new idea, but more of an expansion of what has been done last year. I would really want a project much like that of being paralegals to Martial Law victims, but this project would cover more ground. It can touch on social issues such as child abuse or women abuse. The effect of this project is two-fold: first, it makes us “lawyers for others” in the sense that we actually get to apply what we learn to help other people. And second but not at all less important is the fact that it would inspire the students to work and study better and get that “J.D.” I mean imagine getting the opportunity to talk to people who WANT you to help them, knowing that you can make a certain change in their lives. It’s a sneak peak of the bigger picture of what we’re all working for in the end.
How will your projects adjust to next school year’s calendar shift?
In my opinion, the calendar shift would actually be beneficial to the EVP’s projects, so it wouldn’t really be a problem adjusting to the calendar shift. The long break would be an opportunity to start networking for projects like the Blue Card or contacting the different law school student councils to build-up relations with them.
The creation of the adhoc committee of the Disaster Board would be given ample time to be organized. The difficulty of this is that majority of the storms would of course start in June – a time when we don’t have the whole student available. But then summer classes being offered can probably remedy such difficulty, at the least.
Conflicts of Law, as scheduled this year, doesn’t really coincide with anything such as exams so that shouldn’t be a problem.
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