The adventure that is law school

October 04, 2017

When asked what law school life is like, Ateneo Law School (ALS) first year student Jonathan Peter Gregorio puts succinctly,” I have read more in one month in law school than I ever did for an entire semester in college.” As the new semester gets underway, Gregorio is finding out that navigating the daily grind of law school is an integral piece to becoming a lawyer.

Becoming a lawyer has been a childhood dream for Gregorio. “Growing up, I realized that law is the great equalizer and that it is what keeps people grounded. As a lawyer, it is important to be an advocate for the people,” he says. To jumpstart the road to his dream career, he took up BS Legal Management at the Ateneo de Manila University. For Gregorio—a true-blue Atenean—choosing ALS was a no-brainer.
 

At Ateneo Law School, Jonathan  Gregorio gets a step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer. (Photo from Jonathan Gregorio)

At Ateneo Law School, Jonathan  Gregorio gets a step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer. (Photo from Jonathan Gregorio)

“Ateneo trains people to go beyond the books and be a man or woman for others. It all sounds cliché but that is the kind of lawyer and person that I want to be,” he says.

Gregorio recalls his first day in law school where his professors did not mince words about the challenging times ahead. “My professors were very kind yet frank. It was Syllabus Day and they did not sugar coat it. Dean Giovanni Vallente (ALS Associate Dean for Student Affairs) and Atty. Mel Sta. Maria shared stories of their experiences as professors and attorneys,” he says.  Their stories only made Gregorio more determined to finish law school, pass the bar and become a lawyer.

“It is way more exhausting but I feel more driven. I did not get this far just to get this far. It is also a reminder for me to just be thankful for the opportunity. I try to enjoy the daily grind because this is the training ground [for the real world],” Gregorio says.

The daily grind of law school is also something that Melissa Carunungan is starting to understand.
 

Melissa Carunungan  with her classmates (Photo from Melissa Carunungan)

Melissa Carunungan  with her classmates (Photo from Melissa Carunungan)

“Law school is different because of the Socratic method of teaching [where students learn through the use of critical thinking, reasoning and logic]. It is in law school that I was able to understand the true meaning of daily grind. The daily grind is crucial in order to survive,” says the first year law student.   Carunungan is candid about her first day as a law student.

“It was terrifying but it was also a thrill. It felt as if you were on the edge of your seat the entire time and you could only breathe when the class was dismissed,” she adds.

A 2017 BS Management graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, Carunungan took up law hoping to make a “substantial and positive change in the Philippine society.”

As early as now, Carunungan expresses her interest in human rights. “It is a field that I am very interested in, given the current state of the Philippine society. I hope to be able to fight for women’s rights in whatever field I end up with.”

Before Carunungan battles for human rights, she needs to win the jungle that is law school.  
 

Melissa and Jonathan won ALS' Mr. and Ms Orsem 2017 (Photo from Melissa Carunungan)

Melissa and Jonathan won ALS' Mr. and Ms Orsem 2017 (Photo from Melissa Carunungan)

She says “there were some things that I thought were essential to me but I realized that I could sacrifice them in order to do better in law school.  If you don’t work hard enough, it is very easy to slip into a lazy and complacent attitude.”

The daily grind of law school may be challenging with all the research, writing, reading and analysis but it is a dynamic experience like no other.  It is a richly rewarding opportunity to not just learn the theories but practice the intricacies of law education.

For Gregorio, Carunungan and the rest of the ALS first year students, it is an adventure that will help them discover and navigate law for the betterment of society.

 

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  • The adventure that is law school
    Wednesday, October 04, 2017

    When asked what law school life is like, Ateneo Law School (ALS) first year student Jonathan Peter Gregorio puts succinctly,” I have read more in one month in law school than I ever did for an entire semester in college.” As the new semester gets underway, Gregorio is finding out that navigating the daily grind of law school is an integral piece to becoming a lawyer.

    Becoming a lawyer has been a childhood dream for Gregorio. “Growing up, I realized that law is the great equalizer and that it is what keeps people grounded. As a lawyer, it is important to be an advocate for the people,” he says. To jumpstart the road to his dream career, he took up BS Legal Management at the Ateneo de Manila University. For Gregorio—a true-blue Atenean—choosing ALS was a no-brainer.
     

    At Ateneo Law School, Jonathan  Gregorio gets a step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer. (Photo from Jonathan Gregorio)

    At Ateneo Law School, Jonathan  Gregorio gets a step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer. (Photo from Jonathan Gregorio)

    “Ateneo trains people to go beyond the books and be a man or woman for others. It all sounds cliché but that is the kind of lawyer and person that I want to be,” he says.

    Gregorio recalls his first day in law school where his professors did not mince words about the challenging times ahead. “My professors were very kind yet frank. It was Syllabus Day and they did not sugar coat it. Dean Giovanni Vallente (ALS Associate Dean for Student Affairs) and Atty. Mel Sta. Maria shared stories of their experiences as professors and attorneys,” he says.  Their stories only made Gregorio more determined to finish law school, pass the bar and become a lawyer.

    “It is way more exhausting but I feel more driven. I did not get this far just to get this far. It is also a reminder for me to just be thankful for the opportunity. I try to enjoy the daily grind because this is the training ground [for the real world],” Gregorio says.

    The daily grind of law school is also something that Melissa Carunungan is starting to understand.
     

    Melissa Carunungan  with her classmates (Photo from Melissa Carunungan)

    Melissa Carunungan  with her classmates (Photo from Melissa Carunungan)

    “Law school is different because of the Socratic method of teaching [where students learn through the use of critical thinking, reasoning and logic]. It is in law school that I was able to understand the true meaning of daily grind. The daily grind is crucial in order to survive,” says the first year law student.   Carunungan is candid about her first day as a law student.

    “It was terrifying but it was also a thrill. It felt as if you were on the edge of your seat the entire time and you could only breathe when the class was dismissed,” she adds.

    A 2017 BS Management graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, Carunungan took up law hoping to make a “substantial and positive change in the Philippine society.”

    As early as now, Carunungan expresses her interest in human rights. “It is a field that I am very interested in, given the current state of the Philippine society. I hope to be able to fight for women’s rights in whatever field I end up with.”

    Before Carunungan battles for human rights, she needs to win the jungle that is law school.  
     

    Melissa and Jonathan won ALS' Mr. and Ms Orsem 2017 (Photo from Melissa Carunungan)

    Melissa and Jonathan won ALS' Mr. and Ms Orsem 2017 (Photo from Melissa Carunungan)

    She says “there were some things that I thought were essential to me but I realized that I could sacrifice them in order to do better in law school.  If you don’t work hard enough, it is very easy to slip into a lazy and complacent attitude.”

    The daily grind of law school may be challenging with all the research, writing, reading and analysis but it is a dynamic experience like no other.  It is a richly rewarding opportunity to not just learn the theories but practice the intricacies of law education.

    For Gregorio, Carunungan and the rest of the ALS first year students, it is an adventure that will help them discover and navigate law for the betterment of society.