6th Management Committee of The Bar

  • Start of Term

    Start of Term
    The 6th Management Committee began its official term in office.
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    The Bar 2013

  • Launch of Formspring Account

    Launch of Formspring Account
    The General Secretary of The Bar launched its official Formspring account to allow students to ask questions openly, with the option of being anonymous.
  • First Revamped Weekly Update Published

    First Revamped Weekly Update Published
    The Bar published its first Weekly Update with a new and refreshing template designed by the Marketing Department. A readable online version was also made available on The Bar's official website and Facebook Page.
  • Introduction of Academic Representatives

    Introduction of Academic Representatives
    The Pro-Acad Department of The Bar initiated a new appointment in its organisation, and started its recruitment of ‘Academic Representatives’ to ensure that academic issues across all four batches are readily brought to The Bar’s attention.
  • Meeting with Associate Dean (Teaching and Curriculum)

    Meeting with Associate Dean (Teaching and Curriculum)
    At a meeting with the Associate Dean (Teaching & Curriculum), Associate Professor Lee Pey Woan, representatives of The Bar raised and discussed a range of academic issues based on student feedback. The representatives also shared about The Bar’s upcoming academic initiatives for the year.
  • Introduction of "Friends of SMU" Sponsorship Package

    Introduction of "Friends of SMU" Sponsorship Package
    The Public Relations Department initiated and compiled the “Friends of SMU” cash sponsorship package to streamline and consolidate sponsorship efforts, thereby reducing the hassle and spam received by law firms.
  • Plans to organise Law Graduation Night 2013 finalised

    Plans to organise Law Graduation Night 2013 finalised
    The Bar, alongside ASoc, decided to hold a separate law-specific graduation night event, despite SMUSA’s decision to hold only a university-wide event.
  • Introduction of The Bar Student Loan Service

    Introduction of The Bar Student Loan Service
    The Vice President of The Bar launches the first SMU student-run ‘Loan Service’ that provides law students with more than 50 necessities for free/loan.
  • The Bar Annual General Meeting 2013

    The Bar Annual General Meeting 2013
    The 5th/6th MC held its Annual General meeting with a full-house turnout, which included guests from the Deanery, SMUSA, NUS Law Club and the various sub-clubs.
  • CPR/AED Certification of The Bar

    CPR/AED Certification of The Bar
    The President, Vice President, Finance Director and Events Director of The Bar were officially certified to be CPR and AED trained, so as to provide additional safety support if the need arises.
  • Valentine's Day Celebrations

    Valentine's Day Celebrations
    The Bar celebrated Valentine’s Day with a series of events organised by the Events Department of The Bar, which included: (1) Angel’s Advocate (Angel-Mortal Game) (2) Supreme Court(ship) (Facebook Photo Competition) (3) Welfare Giveaway cum CNY mini buffet. The Bar Facebook Page had a record-breaking 25,200 unique visitors viewing its posts during the photo competition period.
  • Suspension of Student Loan Service

    Suspension of Student Loan Service
    The Loan Service 2013 was temporarily suspended due to student feedback. The service was reviewed and re-launched on 4th February 2013.
  • Electives Survey

    Electives Survey
    The Pro-Acad Department of The Bar carried out an Electives survey amongst Year 2s and 3s to gauge interest and demand.
  • Full Representation at LFG 2013

    Full Representation at LFG 2013
    For the first time in history, The Bar sent representatives and teams for every event at the Law Fraternity Games 2013.
  • SMULA AGM

    SMULA AGM
    SMULA held its Annual General Meeting for 2013.
  • Talks of planning inaugural Transactional Competition begin

    Talks of planning inaugural Transactional Competition begin
    The Pro-Acad Department of The Bar began talks with the incoming Associate Dean (Teaching & Curriculum), Associate Professor Wan Wai Yee, to organise a Transactional Competition.
  • Release of first festival shoot - CNY

    Release of first festival shoot - CNY
    The Bar released its first “festival well-wishes” group photo for Chinese New Year.
  • Meeting to discuss NUS-SMU collaboration event

    Meeting to discuss NUS-SMU collaboration event
    Following the termination of the NUS-SMU Law Bash, members of The Bar and representatives from the Law Camp 2013 Organising Committee met with representatives from NUS to discuss a new collaboration event for freshmen (scheduled on 19th July 2013).
  • Inaugural International Exchange Student Excursion Trip

    Inaugural International Exchange Student Excursion Trip
    The Bar, together with the International Relations Club, organized the first excursion trip for international exchange students to visit Universal Studios Singapore. The objectives of the event include engaging the international students to foster friendships and to facilitate cultural exchange.
  • Night Bike 2013 - Chasing the Sun

    Night Bike 2013 - Chasing the Sun
    The Events Department of The Bar organised its annual Night Bike - Chasing the Sun.
  • Reveal of Law Week 2013 plans

    Reveal of Law Week 2013 plans
    The Bar revealed its signature event of the year, Law Week 2013, together with the recruitment drive for its organising committee. The anniversary event will feature welfare drives, appreciation ceremonies, a freshmen pageant, a fashion show, etc.
  • Charity Donation to MCYC

    Charity Donation to MCYC
    The Finance Director of The Bar confirmed its S$4,254.17 donation to MCYC Community Services Society from proceeds obtained from Law Musical 2012.
  • Subsumption of Pro Bono Executive Committee under Pro Bono Centre

    Subsumption of Pro Bono Executive Committee under Pro Bono Centre
    The President of The Bar regretfully announced the subsumption of the executive committee of the SMU Pro Bono Club under the SMU Pro Bono Centre to ‘streamline the processes’ due to the founding of the Centre.
  • Renewal of Bilateral Ties with R&T

    Renewal of Bilateral Ties with R&T
    The Public Relations Department of The Bar renewed and strengthened ties with Rajah & Tann LLP. The firm kindly agreed to provide generous event sponsorships and to conduct dialogue sessions, moot competitions and academic workshops to benefit SMU law students.
  • 2nd Excursion Trip for International Exchange students

    2nd Excursion Trip for International Exchange students
    Following the success of the first excursion trip, The Bar and the International Relations Club organised a follow-up event that included a night walk around the city’s landmarks and a dinner with faculty members at Kopitiam.
  • Meeting with Dean Yeo Tiong Min

    Meeting with Dean Yeo Tiong Min
    The President and Vice President of The Bar caught up with Dean Yeo to update the Deanery about The Bar and provided student feedback.
  • Moratorium 2013

    Moratorium 2013
    The Pro-Acad Department of The Bar facilitated the Moratorium 2013 voting exercise with NUS Law Club and organized an information session on 15th March 2013. SMU students voted 64.3% against the moratorium while NUS students voted 67.1% for the moratorium. With only 57.8% of the combined cohort voting for the moratorium, the moratorium failed.
  • Extension of Student Loan Service to include standing fans

    Extension of Student Loan Service to include standing fans
    Over the exams period, The Bar Student Loan Service was extended to include the loan of fans due to the lack of air-conditioning and ventilation in group study rooms after office hours and during weekends.
  • Welfare Carnival 2013

    Welfare Carnival 2013
    The Bar revolutionised welfare drives with a ‘carnival’ concept – bringing in a wide variety of food, Swissbake discounts and provided a bistro-style setting at the SOA/SOL benches.
  • Victory against NUS Law Soccer Team

    Victory against NUS Law Soccer Team
    The SMU Law Soccer Team made history by defeating the NUS Law Team 3-2, and secured its first ever victory against NUS. It was also the first time the team comprised students from graduating seniors, a JD student, an exchange student, alumnus and a strong injection of freshmen.
  • Study seminar rooms secured for extended hours

    Study seminar rooms secured for extended hours
    In order to provide students with more conducive study spcaes during the study break in Week 14, the Vice President of The Bar secured seminar rooms for extended hours, from 3.30 pm to 10.30 pm.
  • SMU Jessup Team Welcome-back Reception

    SMU Jessup Team Welcome-back Reception
    In recognition of the SMU Jessup Team’s outstanding debut performance at the international rounds, The Bar organised a welcome-back reception, with the generous support of the Dean of Students.
  • Internal Affairs 2013

    Internal Affairs 2013
    The Pro-Acad Department of The Bar organised the inaugural career guidance and internship preparation workshop, Internal Affairs 2013. Speakers included Professor Tang Hang Wu, guests from Baker & Mckenzie and alumni.
  • Law OCSP - Diya IV

    Law OCSP - Diya IV
    The Bar endorsed and supported the inaugural Law OCSP – Diya IV, where 21 law students set off to Sikkim, India to help the host organisation – Human Development Foundation of Sikkim (HDFS).
  • Overseas Study Trip

    Overseas Study Trip
    The President of the Bar visited the Australian National University and University of Sydney to learn more about the structure and working processes of their student bodies.
  • Release of second festival shoot - Labour Day

    Release of second festival shoot - Labour Day
    The second festival shoot was released for Labour Day.
  • Launch of Ask.fm account

    Launch of Ask.fm account
    The General Secretary of The Bar sets up its official account on Ask.fm after a probable closedown of Formspring.
  • 1st victory at IFG 2013

    1st victory at IFG 2013
    Jeremy Yeap, Jeriel Lam and Kong Zhenning clinched the 1st position for law school at Adrace 2013, and in so doing, brought home the first win for the Inter-Faculty Games 2013.
  • Introduction of new MC appointment

    Introduction of new MC appointment
    The President of The Bar announced the new appointment of ‘Welfare Director’ in time for the upcoming elections, due to an increase in student population and the overwhelming workload of the Vice President (concurrently welfare in-charge).
  • Launch of Grade Review Inquiry

    Launch of Grade Review Inquiry
    Following feedback about the lack of transparency in the Appeal for Review of Grade process, the President of The Bar launched a university-wide inquiry to seek clarity and further investigation.
  • Plans for Training Contracts Workshop in talks

    Plans for Training Contracts Workshop in talks
    The President of The Bar began talks with R&T to bring together other major firms such as A&G, WongP, Drew & Napier and Rodyk, to organise a Training Contracts Workshop for students, following the success of Internal Affairs 2013.
  • Annoucement of added features for Summer Book Sale

    Annoucement of added features for Summer Book Sale
    The Pro-Acad Department of The Bar announced new details of Summer Book Sale 2013 (Le Law Lelong), which includes an online segment and promises another edition of book sale in winter.
  • First Summer Monthly Updates published

    First Summer Monthly Updates published
    The Bar published its Summer edition of Monthly Updates in order to continue its engagement with students over the summer vacation period.
  • Launch of revamped SOL Wikipedia page

    Launch of revamped SOL Wikipedia page
    The Public Relations Department reorganized and updated the School of Law Wikipedia Page to provide a more professional and readable format for members of the public.
  • Completion of Official Website Overhaul

    Completion of Official Website Overhaul
    The Marketing Department of The Bar completed its major overhaul of The Bar's official website to provide visitors with a user-friendly template and up-to-date information about The Bar.
  • Establishment of Law Camp Financial Assistance Fund

    Establishment of Law Camp Financial Assistance Fund
    The Law Camp Financial Assistance Fund was established by The Bar to ensure that no freshmen is turned away from attending law camp due to financial constraints.
  • Introduction of "10 Ways to Engage The Bar"

    Introduction of "10 Ways to Engage The Bar"
    The Bar revealed a comprehensive list of ways to engage the student body to ensure maximum reach in all possible forms. This included a new initiative - the Meet-the-People Session - which will be conducted from AY13/14 onwards.
  • School of Law Student Life Awards

    School of Law Student Life Awards
    The Bar mooted for the School of Law Student Life Awards to be instituted to acknowledge non-office bearers who have demonstrated strong support and/or made significant contributions to student life, thereby enhancing the holistic education experience for the rest of the law community.
  • Corporate Law Forum

    Corporate Law Forum
    The Pro-Acad Department of The Bar discussed with interested students and research assistants the planning of a Corporate Law Forum, which is projected to be a yearly event where distinguished members of the legal fraternity are invited to share with students more about the various corporate practice areas.
  • Contingency Plans for Worsening Haze Situation

    Contingency Plans for Worsening Haze Situation
    With the PSI of the haze situation reaching record-breaking levels, contingency plans were made to ensure the safety of all students at the upcoming summer events. The Bar also collaborated with other school constituent bodies to purchase up to 40 N95 masks to be distributed to the elderly cleaners and security guards of the schools.
  • OCS Appreciation Tea

    OCS Appreciation Tea
    The President of The Bar was invited as one of the three panelists at the OCS Appreciation Tea. He shared with SMU's major corporate partners about students' needs and expectations towards the job market, and advised on effective ways to provide career guidance to students.
  • Freshmen Experience Day 2013

    Freshmen Experience Day 2013
    A record number of 140 freshmen signed up for Law Camp 2013. The introduction video also caught the attention of many and was widely acknowledged as the best summer camp video in SMU.
  • BOSS Pre-Bidding Surveys (AY13/14 Term 1)

    BOSS Pre-Bidding Surveys (AY13/14 Term 1)
    The Pro-Acad Department of The Bar carried out two surveys for the rising Year 2s and seniors to capture statistics of pre-bidding demand for modules that students intend to take. This initiative aims to curb inflationary pressures from inaccurate estimation of demand and undue reference to past year bids.
  • MID-TERM MESSAGE AND SURVEY

    MID-TERM MESSAGE AND SURVEY
    The President and Vice-President of The Bar released its mid-term message to constituents to thank them for their support and encouragement over the past six months. At the same time, the mid-term survey was launched to gather feedback on a range of issues, initaitives and events.
  • Review of Business, Government and Society (BGS) module

    Review of Business, Government and Society (BGS) module
    The Pro-Acad Department convened a focus group to assist the Associate Dean (Teaching and Curriculum) with the review of the BGS module to determine if it should be made mandatory for law students.
  • Level 2 Library Printing Room

    Level 2 Library Printing Room
    The President of The Bar led a petition to reverse the decision to demolish the printing room situated at Level 2 of the library.
    The Library later agreed and placed 1 X photocopying machine and 1 X printer at the Edmund's cafe.
  • Review of Finance for Law module

    Review of Finance for Law module
    The Pro-Acad Department submitted preliminary research and feedback to the Associate Dean (Teaching and Curriculum) on the review of the FFL course and instructor. A focus group was subsequently set up to provide further insights and recommendations to improve the way FFL is taught.
  • School of Law Building Rooftop Space Planning

    School of Law Building Rooftop Space Planning
    The President of The Bar provided inputs and ideas to the Office of Student Life to provide multi-purpose facilities at the rooftop space of the new School of Law Building.
  • Law Camp 2013 - in terrorem

    Law Camp 2013 - in terrorem
    Law Camp 2013 - in terrorem concluded with a record-breaking 148 freshmen attending the 3-day camp.
  • Centre of Teaching Excellence Teaching Forum: Student Panel

    Centre of Teaching Excellence Teaching Forum: Student Panel
    The President of The Bar shared with incoming adjunct faculty members about the expectations and feedback of students when assessing the quality of teaching and the learning environment during seminars.
  • NUS SMU Freshmen Collaboration Event 2013 - In Cahoots

    NUS SMU Freshmen Collaboration Event 2013 - In Cahoots
    The inaugural collaboration event between NUS and SMU aims to send out a significant message to the freshmen to foster a sense of unity and friendship, regardless of their school affiliations.
  • Establishment of bilateral links with UK Singapore Law Students Society

    Establishment of bilateral links with UK Singapore Law Students Society
    The President of The Bar linked up with the President of the UK Singapore Law Students Society to enhance bilateral ties and to provide assistance, thereby bringing both communities together.
  • Law Graduation Night 2013 - Qualified

    Law Graduation Night 2013 - Qualified
    Law Graduation Night 2013 - Qualified ended with a resounding success. 95 graduating seniors graced 7Adam that night with music and booze flowing all night long.
  • Release of The Bar's new T-shirt Design

    Release of The Bar's new T-shirt Design
    The Bar released the much-anticipated T-shirt design that was designed by the Marketing Director. The shirts will be on sale from 26th August 2013 onwards.
  • Mid-Term Meeting with the Deanery

    Mid-Term Meeting with the Deanery
    The Bar welcomed the new Associate Dean (Teaching and Curriculum) Associate Professor Wan Wai Yee, and shared with the Deanery the feedback and questions raised by students from the mid-term survey.
  • Freshmen Academic Talk & Summer Book Sale

    Freshmen Academic Talk & Summer Book Sale
    The President and the Vice President introduced The Bar to the freshmen and shared tips and advice on coping with academic stress while having a balanced student life. Also, alongside the Summer Book Sale - Le Law Lelong, The Bar invited the Singapore Academy of Law to hold a separate book sale to offer students with generous discounts and free memberships.
  • Juris Doctor Orientation Programme

    Juris Doctor Orientation Programme
    The President, Vice President, Deputy Pro-Acad Director and the Public Relations Department of The Bar hosted the JD students for the first time during their orientation session. The students were brought around on a campus tour and were briefed on BOSS bidding.
  • National Day 2013

    National Day 2013
    The Bar wishes all law students Happy National Day!
  • Founding of SMU Law Outreach Club

    Founding of SMU Law Outreach Club
    The SMU Law Outreach Club was established by The Bar and the Exco of the old Pro Bono Club. The Law Outreach Club aims to contribute to the community in aspects beyond pro bono, and will help to facilitate activities such as the MOE Moot Parliament Programme and the NUS-SMU “In Session” Dialogue Series, among others. The Club welcomes students to come forth with any ideas and initiatives of service to the community and will strive to help make it happen.
  • Representation at the Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre Freshman Orientation Session

    Representation at the Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre Freshman Orientation Session
    The President of The Bar spoke at the Career Centre's orientation sessions to provide freshmen on insights and advice on student life and professional development.
  • Pro-Acad Update

    Pro-Acad Update
    The Pro-Acad Director of The Bar provided students with a thorough update on academic initiatives and addressed various issues that were raised in the first half of the year.
  • Commencement of the Meet-the-People Session

    Commencement of the Meet-the-People Session
    The Bar launched the weekly Meet-the-People Sessions every Friday, 1600 hrs - 1730 hrs at the Law Soc Room (SOL GSR 3.2) for students to have a face-to-face chat with members of The Bar and the Deanery.
  • Release of Mid-Term Survey Results and Review of Loan Service

    Release of Mid-Term Survey Results and Review of Loan Service
    The Vice President of The Bar presented findings and follow-up actions on the responses provided by 162 students during the mid-term survey. The Bar also reacted to feedback and reviewed the loan service list to better cater to the needs of the students.
  • The Bar Extraordinary General Meeting 2013 - Constitutional Amendments

    The Bar Extraordinary General Meeting 2013 - Constitutional Amendments
    The Bar held an EGM to amend the constitution. A total of 41 students attended the EGM and a total of 98 constitutional amendments were made.
  • Law Week - Day 1

    Law Week - Day 1
    Law Week 2013 Day 1: Law Week 2013 started off with a splash as The Bar handled out welfare in the form of customized thumbdrives, memo pads, foolscap sheets and attractive vouchers. The highly anticipated T-shirt was also on sale. Freshmen and exchange students were also provided with specially made nametents.
  • Law Week - Day 2

    Law Week - Day 2
    Law Week 2013 Day 2: As we celebrate our successes, The Bar has dedicated the day to provide a welfare buffet for the cleaners and security guards of SMU. The appreciation event serves to thank them for their work and friendliness while they provide our students with a clean and safe learning environment everyday.
  • Law Week - Day 3

    Law Week - Day 3
    Law Week 2013 Day 3: The Bar announced the list of professors that students have nominated as the most witty, inspirational and well dressed. The Bar also prepared specially designed mugs to give out to our professors and law librarians to show them some love during this celebratory week.
  • Law Week - Day 4

    Law Week - Day 4
    Law Week 2013 Day 4: The Bar announced the list of winners for the inaugural School of Law Student Life Awards. These students have demonstrated strong support for school activities and/or made significant contributions to student life, thereby enhancing the holistic education experience amongst the SMU Law community.
  • Law Week - Day 5

    Law Week - Day 5
    Law Week 2013 Finale: To round up the week of festivities, the finale event - Law Fashion Show: Till Nightfall - promises to feature The Bar's very first fashion show, the annual freshmen pageant and musical performances from our very own students.
  • The Bar Elections Info Session

    The Bar Elections Info Session
    The 6th Management Committee of The Bar organized an information session for aspiring candidates to understand more about The Bar before the elections.
  • IFG 2013 - New Record Ranking

    IFG 2013 - New Record Ranking
    With the recent victory in Adrace and a runner-up position in Get Wet!, the School of Law soared to a record-breaking new high in the Inter-Faculty Games rankings, placing second behind the School of Business.
  • The Bar Merchandise

    The Bar Merchandise
    The Marketing Department of The Bar revealed the newly designed nametent for law students to order and purchase. Also, following the overwhelming response for the new law school T-shirt, a new batch of orders was made to curb the high demand.
  • The Bar Training Contract Seminar

    The Bar Training Contract Seminar
    The Bar invited 8 recruitment partners from the top 5 law firms in Singapore to conduct the inaugural Training Contracts Seminar. This seminar aims to provide first-hand information and advice to students that are in the midst of applying for their training contracts. The event was fully-subscribed on the first day of registration.
  • Launch of Pro-Acad Portal

    Launch of Pro-Acad Portal
    The Pro-Acad Department launched the Pro-Acad Portal of the SMU Law Society website, providing a one-stop destination for all things related to professional and academic development, including course requirements, internships, exchange programmes as well as graduation.
  • Conclusion of Major Events of The Bar

    Conclusion of Major Events of The Bar
    The Bar concluded the events calendar with a comprehensive summary of the highlights of the year. These included the newly added Valentine's Day celebrations and Law Week 2013.
  • The Bar Elections 2013

    The Bar Elections 2013
    8 law students were successfully elected as members of the 7th Management Committee.
  • Mid-Term Welfare Drive

    Mid-Term Welfare Drive
    The Bar organized a mid-term welfare drive and gave out Koi Bubble Tea, Bear Paw Burger and Kouign-Amann from Tiong Bahru Bakery.
  • Peer Tutoring Programme

    Peer Tutoring Programme
    The first series of the Peer Tutoring Programme (PTP) sessions began as seniors provided seminars to assist juniors to better understand the modules they are currently taking.
  • Rajah and Tann Dialogue and Networking Session

    Rajah and Tann Dialogue and Networking Session
    The Bar organised its annual R&T Dialogue and Networking Session with a record 80 student signups. The programme began with a short introduction of Rajah & Tann LLP, followed by small group discussions where participants rotated around different groups of lawyers (representing various practice areas) for closer interaction.
  • IRC USS Halloween Horrors Night 2013

    IRC USS Halloween Horrors Night 2013
    The Bar and the International Relations Club organised the second installation of the International Exchange Student Excursion Trip and the students visited Universal Studios Singapore at its annual Halloween Horrors Night.
  • 2nd Major Information Session

    2nd Major Information Session
    The Pro-Acad Department organised a 2nd Major Info Session for interested Year 1s and 2s as a new initiative to provide more information on second majors.
  • The SOL Novelty Jacket

    The SOL Novelty Jacket
    Back by popular demand, the Marketing Department designed the novelty SOL jacket and invited students to place orders.
  • Representation at the Singapore's 100 Leading Graduate Employers Networking Session

    Representation at the Singapore's 100 Leading Graduate Employers Networking Session
    The President of The Bar represented SMU at the Singapore's 100 Leading Graduate Employers Roundtable Discussion/Networking Session and was a panelist at the event.
  • Insights: Law Career Exploration Series

    Insights: Law Career Exploration Series
    To equip students with better knowledge of the various practice areas and career paths, the 6th Management Committee of The Bar piloted, together with the Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre, Insights, a legal career lecture series focusing on exposing law students to niche practice areas.
  • Feature on Straits Times

    Feature on Straits Times
    The President of The Bar accepted an interview by Straits Times to discuss about SMU's Life Lessons, which is a new programme launched by the university to facilitate and impart values and soft skills to students.