SC widens law student practice rule, 2nd years can now appear pro bono

SC widens law student practice rule, sophomores can now appear pro bono

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo is now drafting a high court order expanding the law student practice rule to cover second year law students.

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin disclosed this development as he revealed that the en banc recently approved his proposal to expand the law student practice rule.

Under Rule 138-A of the Rules of Court, a law student “who has successfully completed third year of the regular four-year prescribed law curriculum” maybe allowed to “appear without compensation in any civil, criminal or administrative case before any trial court, tribunal, board or officer to represent clients accepted by the legal clinic of the law school.”

“A lot of our countrymen are still underserved in the needs for legal services. Even the current number of lawyers are not enough,” Bersamin said.

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