Calida also rejects proposal to transfer regulation of law schools to SC

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Soliciting General Jose Calida has objected to a proposal transferring the regulation of law schools from the Legal Education Board to the Supreme Court.

“The judiciary has never regulated education, that is the turf of the executive department… The judiciary has never in its history regulated legal education,” Calida said during last Tuesday’s oral arguments on a petition assailing the LEB’s policy centralizing the entrance examinations in law schools.

Calida, who was representing LEB during the proceeding, also opposed the idea of placing the board under the supervision of the SC like the Philippine Judicial Academy.

Petitioners led by former Makati judge Oscar Pimentel questioned the constitutionality of Republic Act 7662 (Legal Education Reform Act).

In December 2016, the LEB provided for the mechanisms of a one-day aptitude test to measure the academic potentials of an examinee who wants to pursue law.

Four Philsat exams were already conducted by the board in April 2017, Sept. 2017, April 2018 and Sept. 2018.

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