WITH 15 other law schools, the College of Law of Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC-COL) formed the first consortium of law schools in the Philippines for the implementation of the Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP).
The consortium was a result of a regional conference entitled “Building a Consortium for Greater Access to Justice through Clinical Legal Education” last March 2 and 3 in Baguio City.
The conference brought together deans, clinic and externship directors, and law student practitioners from 16 law schools in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera regions.
CCDC-COL was represented by Dean Alexis Agmata, CLEP Managing Director Adolfo Malingan, and law student practitioner Karlston Lapniten.
The participating schools include Cagayan State University, Isabela State University, Kalinga State University, Lyceum Northern University, Mariano Marcos State University, Saint Louis College, Saint Louis University, Saint Mary’s University, University of Baguio, University of Cagayan Valley, University of La Salette, University of Northern Philippines, University of the Cordilleras, University of Pangasinan, and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation.
Agmata said the conference allowed CCDC-COL to share its experiences and challenges in the implementation of the CLEP and the legal aid clinic, and mutually learn from other schools.
CCDC launched its Community Legal Aid Clinic on April 2 last year as a means of providing better access to legal services to the marginalized sectors and a venue for law students to enhance their learning, preparing them for the practice of law.
Agmata said the next activities of the consortium is to form a communication system through online platforms and a webinar for all law students in northern Luzon.
The conference was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Manila International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL) through the Strengthening Rule of Law through Legal Aid Clinics in the Philippines (Legal Aid Project), implemented by The Asia Foundation.*
(Photos from Northern Luzon Law Schools Consortium Facebook Page)