Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin presents a copy of A.M. No. 19-03-24-SC or the Revised Law Student Practice Rule (Rule 138-A) to His Excellency, United States (US) Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim on August 14, 2019 at the Session Hall, Supreme Court, Padre Faura, Manila. Also present during the ceremonial presentation are (from left) Associate Justices Henri Jean Paul B. Inting, Andres B. Reyes, Jr., Diosdado M. Peralta, Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, Associate Justices Alexander G. Gesmundo and Ramon Paul L. Hernando.
The Chief Justice expressed his great appreciation to the support that the US Embassy has given to the Philippine Judiciary and the Supreme Court in the efforts to enhance the legal education in the country.
The Revised Rule “will enable us to quicken the shift to experiential legal education to be adopted by our law schools,” Chief Justice Bersamin said.
He also shared that the revision of the Rules was initiated after a trip to the US in October 2008 wherein he led the Philippine delegation to study the US legal aid clinics to observe how clinical education works and how it benefited the society.
Adopted and promulgated by the Supreme Court En Banc on June 25, 2019, the Revised Law Student Practice Rule (Revised Rule) is an amendment to the existing provisions of Rule 138-A of the Rules of Court. It was recently presented during the 2019 Legal Education Summit on July 31, 2019 at the Manila Hotel. The Revised Rule states that a law student must now be certified to be able to engage in the limited practice of law. Itwill take effect at the start of the academic year 2020-2021.
The Court has since issued on July 23, 2019 A.M. 19-03-24-SC Amendment of Rule 138 Section 5 in Relation to the Revision of Rule 138-A of the Rules of Court (Revision)which included a provision on admission of a Filipino citizen who graduated from a foreign school to take the Bar examination only upon submission to the Supreme Court of certain certifications. The amendment shall apply to applications starting with the 2023 Bar examinations.
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