JHCSC Law Students Take a Critical Step Toward Becoming Legal Professionals

On October 9, 2023, Twenty-Eight (28) Fourth Year Law Students of the J.H. Cerilles State College School of Law took their oath as Law Student Practitioners as a requirement for their Practice Court I with Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) pursuant to Rule 138-A of the Rules of Court.

The oath-taking ceremony was administered by Hon. Dennis P. Vicoy, Executive Judge, Regional Trial Court, Branch 20, Pagadian City with the presence of Atty. Rose Stephanie D. Florendo, Supervising Lawyer and President of IBP-Zamboanga del Sur Chapter. This moment marked a significant milestone for these dedicated law students as they pledged their commitment to live by the principles of the legal profession and to uphold the rule of law in the pursuit of justice.

The Legal Education Board’s Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) is an experiential, interactive and reflective credit-earning teaching course with the objectives of providing law students with practical knowledge, skills and values necessary for the application of the law, delivery of legal services and promotion of social justice and public interest, especially to the marginalized, while inculcating in the students the values of ethical lawyering and public service that will expose them to the real-world of legal practice.

With the aim of producing practice-ready lawyers, the completion of clinical legal education courses has now become a prerequisite to take the bar examinations as provided in Section 5 of Rule 138.

Contributors: Dave Beboso, Mary Rose Cabigas and Relyn Laride
Photo Courtesy: Dave Beboso

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