ROBERTO M. J. LARA is a graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP) where he obtained his college degree (A.B. Social Science, 1982) and law degree (Bachelor of Laws, 1987). He obtained his Masters of Law (Commercial Law) degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, 1999).
Atty. Lara has worked in various government agencies, including the Legislative Staff of the Office of then Senator Rene A.V. Saguisag and as Chief of Staff of former BIR Commissioner Liwayway Vinzons-Chato. After leaving government service in 1998, he engaged in private law practice until his appointment as University Secretary on 10 February 2017.