UNO-R Law School Achieves CLEP Certification
Bacolod City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier, Branch 52, granted the joint motion for reconsideration filed by the 32 law students at the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, Bacolod City on their application for Level 1 certification for the clinical legal education program (CLEP), in summary hearing on Friday, in the presence of the said applicants, said a press release from UN-R.
Javier, in his order dated November 4, said: “After the summary hearing of the joint motion for reconsideration filed by the plaintiffs, the Court hereby reconsiders the order dated October 12, 2022, which denied their claim. level 1 certification as a law student. Practitioners (LSP). The order of October 12, 2022 is recalled and canceled. The application for level 1 certification is granted. Their swearing-in ceremony is set for the day of judgment on November 18 at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Palace of Justice.
The said law students were about to obtain a Juris Doctor degree at the UNO-R Law School, and before graduating, they must complete a Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) to improve their learning opportunities by instilling in them the value of law. professional social responsibility.
The Dean of the UNO-R Law School, Dodie Opinion Turla, who is also the University’s Legal Counsel, as well as some university law professors who have served as supervising attorneys, namely Norman Andrei Saril, Christine Nessia-Bugador, Erwin Dato-on Cabarles and Theodora Gardose represented the affected law students at the summary hearing.
Judge Fernand Castro of RTC Bacolod City Branch 41 was also present during the hearing.
While outside the courtroom prior to the summary hearing, Dean Turla indicated that he had approached the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) and that ‘he had been made aware of a complaint from a law school against a judge who had asked his dean to explain something in relation to his students’ request for Level 1 certification under CLEP, to which the CLEP’s oversight committee has previously clarified that judges have no such power under the rules.
Nonetheless, he attended the summary hearing to show his support for the student applicants.
Javier said the CLEP program is a noble idea of the Supreme Court that aims to train future lawyers to be ready to practice law.
This is a beautiful Supreme Court program that will allow law students to practice at the start of their law studies. He expressed that he has a genuine intention for law students at UNO-R to experience the practice of law and hopes they will like it.
“I assumed they would study more in order to pass the bar exam next year. Why not produce bar placers next year? There are a lot of programs in the justice area that they would have been able to attend and which include seminars,” he said.
Turla said the CLEP program was supposed to be in place in 2019 but did not materialize. When he assumed the deanship a year ago, he continued his integration with his Practice Courts 1 and 2 under the old program by seeking the approval of the Legal Education Board (LEB), so that graduates of the UNO-R from batch 2023 can take the bar exams, as CLEP is a requirement for candidates for the bar in 2023 and beyond.
“This law student practice for students under CLEP is currently being integrated into the school’s Practice 1 and 2 courses under our former curriculum. But as part of the revised Model Law Program that our Law School implemented in the 2021-2022 academic year, CLEP is a stand-alone UNO-R Law School course and the same is offered to 3rd year law students,” he added.
Saril said the CLEP program will help immerse UNO-R law students in the practice of law.
Bugador said they mentor these affected students as teachers and will continue to do so until they become lawyers.
The statement added that the hearing ended well and that the UNO-R law school and the students involved were satisfied with the outcome of the summary hearing.
They expressed their gratitude to Judge Javier and Dean Turla and their teachers.*