One hundred Percent of the UC Law Graduates shall pass the Bar Examinations starting from the 2006 Bar Examinations.
UC Law Students prepare themselves to pass the bar examinations by active participation in the bar operations that complements the formal classes, placing them in the position to better know, analyze, understand, evaluate and apply the laws, jurisprudence, principles and their intricacies so that they will be able to answer correctly and proficiently the Bar questions.
- Experience the preparations of bar materials that will provide the Law Students a mole intimate knowledge and understanding of the Bar subjects.
- To correctly collate, integrate, evaluate and verify various legal materials from different sources into something more cohesive, logical, comprehensive product: Bar Review Notes for the 8 bar subjects.
- To develop the spirit of unity and belongingness to the College of Law Academic community, truly supportive and committed to helping each other pass the bar examinations.
- To set up programs for improvement handwriting, communication skills, time management, stress management, study skills, and techniques of answering effectively bar questions.
- To set up and organize, in coordination with the College of Law and the UCLASS, academic support programs for the better understanding of the law and jurisprudence such as lectures, seminars, convocations, and mock bar examinations.
- To distribute the resulting Bar Review Notes, either in hard copy or digital form to the graduating students.
- To assist and provide academic, moral, psychological, spiritual, medical and logistical support to the bar candidates on Saturdays and Sundays of September.
BOARD OF ADVISERS
Structure: Dean, Assistant Dean, and Law Professors
Principal Function: To advise the Bar Ops Committee, its subcommittees and Law Societies when advice is sought or when required by circumstances.
BAR OPS COMMITTEE
Structure: The Bar Ops Committee shall operate with a Professor as Director, and the President of UCLASS, or another Law Student appointed by the majority of the UCLASS officers as Chairperson. The members of the Bar Ops Committee are the 8 Law Societies Chairs, Secretariat’s Chair, and the Volunteers Group’s chair. The Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Auditor shall be elected by at least the majority’ of the Committee from among its members. Other offices may be created, as the need will arise.
Primary Function: The Bar Ops Committee is the “heart” of the bar operations of the UC College of Law. It is responsible for seeing to it that the entire machinery and the support mechanisms of the bar operations are functioning effectively all year round. All operational, management and fiscal problems, if any, in the Bars Ops Committee shall be acted upon and decided by the majority of the membership of the Bars Ops Committee. Matters which remain unresolved or which require action by the University Administration shall be referred to the latter through the Dean.
Structure: Chair, Vice Chair, and Members. Other offices may be created and the officials shall be elected or appointed from among its members.
Membership and Term Policies: Membership in the Secretariat is either voluntary or appointed by the UCLASS. The members, who must come from the First, Second and Third Year levels, shall elect from among themselves the Chair and the Vice Chairs for a term of one year and may be re-elected for another term. Every officer or member of the Secretariat should also be a member of any Law Society, and may be a member or officer of the Volunteers Group.
Principal Function: To do the usual functions of a Secretariat, to provide general monitoring and coordination in the production and distribution of the resulting works of the various law Societies, to promote and implement the various support programs (promotion and projects), to help raise the Bar Ops Funds (solicitation), and to monitor and provide support to the Volunteers Group that will be working closely with the bar reviewees in Manila during the bar month.
Structure: Chair, Assistant Chairs, Sub-committee memberships on Research, Encoding, Editing, Production
Membership and Policies: All Law Students shall be members of any Law Society one time. Choosing which Law Society to join shall be voluntary in the beginning and breed as soon as the maximum limit of one is reached. To determine the maximum limit, it shall be seen to it that membership shall be distributed equally or proportionately among all the Law Students. The chair, assistant chairs, and members cannot have simultaneous membership with any other law Societies at any one time. A member, however, may be an officer or member of the Secretariat and/or the Volunteers Group. Also, an officer or member may transfer to another Law Society after at least one year of service in order to become “knowledgeable” in another area. Fourth Year Law Students are preferred to be the lead officers of Law Societies due to their mastery of the laws covered by the bar examinations. To give chance to others to learn the skills of how to manage and operate a group, the Chair and Assistant Chairs, who are elected by and from among the members, shall only serve a term of one year.
Principal Function: To produce the Bar Review Notes of all the Bar subjects after research, evaluation, selection, and editing of materials (laws, principles, doctrines, jurisprudence etc.), and to continuously upgrade and improve the resulting Bar Review Notes every year thereafter.
MANILA VOLUNTEERS GROUP
Structure: Chair, Vice Chair, Team Leaders, Assistant Team Leaders and Members
Membership Policies: Membership in the Manila Volunteers Group is either voluntary or appointed. The volunteers shall elect from among themselves the Chair and the Assistant Chairs for a term of one year, who may be re-elected for another term, except if one is already in his/her regular Fourth Year. The members of the Volunteers Group may be members or officers of any Law Society or the Secretariat.
Teams: Each team shall have a Team leader, Assistant Team Leader, and Members. The various teams are: hotel accommodation and wake-up, security, photocopying, food and caregiving, transportation, religious, recture/Briefing, on-Site, finance, etc.
Principal Function: To assist and provide moral, spiritual, psychological, caregiving and logistical support to the bar candidates during the Saturdays and Sundays of September.
Facilities: Library, Internet, Lex Libris, Computers with scanners and CD writer, Office equipment (chairs, tables, and electric fans), Venues for seminars, workshops, lectures, etc.
Programs: Free venue for seminars, lectures, workshops, and mock bar exams, and Assistance to the Pre-Bar Saturday Lecture/Briefing
MOCK BAR EXAMINATIONS
Subject to the procedures and rules that may be adopted for this program, the Mock Bar Examinations program is envisioned to help students experience in a simulated setting what type of questions and what it would be like when taking the actual bar examinations. The noise, music avid cheering in going to and from the testing venue will likewise be simulated to train the students to deflect the same so as not to be affected negatively.
If the mock bar examinations are given separately from the Final Examinations, the results of the mock bar examinations shall constitute 25% of the Grade in the Final Period of the bar review subjects in the Fourth Year during the semester when these examinations are conducted.
SUPPORT PROGRAMS: SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES
This program is aimed to aid the students to improve their skills in language, handwriting, grammar & syntax, composition, and in answering bar questions. This program also aims to invite prominent local and national lecturers and authorities in law, lecturers and speakers in convocation, lectures, and seminars, for the purpose of helping students understand more the law studied in the classrooms.
The Bar Operation program needs funds to fully succeed in its implementation. The possible sources of the Bar Ops Funds are as follows:
- Bar Ops Fee to be contributed by all students every semester. This fee is collected by the University but is held in trust for the Bar Ops Committee under the UCLASS.
- Fundraising projects: sales of concert tickets, T-shirts, bar materials tapes, CDs, diskettes, notes, etc.
- Contributions from future alumni and others.
The Bar Ops Funds shall be used only for the purposes of the Bar Operations to cover expenses like the purchases of CDs, ink cartridges, Riso papers, medicines, and others.
To safeguard these funds, fiscal procedures shall be established and adopted by the UCLASS and Bar Ops Committee to cover disbursements, accounting, verification, reporting and auditing of funds, and to pinpoint responsibilities. The fiscal procedures shall include, among others, the following provisions:
(a) That the Bar Ops Funds shall only be used for official expenditures;
(b) That the (Faculty) Director shall not be a signatory of the withdrawals from the Bar Ops Funds, considering that these funds belong to the law students only; however, because he has general supervision over the operations, he may inquire how the funds are used and require the student officers/members to account for the same;
(c) That the Treasurer shall submit to the Bar Ops Committee a monthly report of the entrusted funds;
(d) That the Bar Ops Funds shall be audited quarterly by the Auditor and the corresponding report shall be submitted to the Bar Ops Committee accordingly; and
(e) That there shall be at least three authorized signatories to the withdrawals from the Bar Ops Funds, namely, Chairperson (in his absence, Vice Chairperson), Treasurer (in his absence, the Assistant Treasurer), and any one of two authorized members.