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SC suspends rule requiring new lawyers to provide free legal service

/ 10:56 PM September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has suspended the rule which requires rookie lawyers to render free legal services for poor litigants.

In a resolution dated September 3, the SC suspended the implementation of the Community Legal Aid Service (CLAS) Rule due to the enforcement of the Revised Student Practice Rule, among other reasons.

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The Court En Banc also ordered the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to “refer back the cases currently assigned to CLAS-covered lawyers to the supervising IBP lawyers.”

The revised student practice rule was approved by the Supreme Court en banc during its session last June 25.

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Under the revised rule, law students can engage in a limited practice of law once they have completed their first-year law courses.

They will be under the supervision of a lawyer./ac

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