We were invited by a faculty member, who happens to be our friend and Lingkod brother Ted, to serve in the Bar Ops mass for UP barristers on the last Saturday of February. So I went there with two lawyer-friends, Tess and Paul (with family), who both played the guitar. Although my company is a sponsor in the UP and ALSP Bar Ops, I went there as a former bar hopeful. I went there to attend mass celebrated by Fr. Nono, to listen to the Dean give his encouraging message, and to be one with the bar takers. I was once (or twice) in their shoes, and I know they need all the support and encouragement they could get.
Ahh, times have changed. During my term as Treasurer of the Law Student Government, Bar Ops was held in the country’s biggest law firm. Last weekend, it was held in the hotel, with flowing food. During our time, we were a tips machinery. This time, I could not see a single printer churning out last-minute tips. Or perhaps they were just beaming the tips to the barristers’ cellphones, laptops, and PDA’s. I couldn’t tell. I was busy eating, chatting, and singing (videoke).
I was with the LSG Treasurer after me, TSP, and we met the current LSG Treasurer. We should have had our picture together in front of this streamer. For everything becomes about the bar – all fundraisers, all efforts, all studies, all exams. You could do well in law school but if you fail the bar, you cannot practice. It’s as simple as that.
I should know. I was one of the reasons UP didn’t reach a 100% during my time. They say it doesn’t matter in practice. They say I’ll forget about it.
But every year, every September, I remember. This is not my last blog post on the matter.
To all (not just UP) bar petitioners, I am praying for you. Enjoy your well-deserved rest. Worry about the results another day, preferably next year. There’s nothing you can do now but to pray and to wait.
In between, you could party. That’s all right too.