RULES GOVERNING THE
UC LAW APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Effective AY 2012-2013
Rule 1. STUDENT’S ELIGIBILITY
- Only students who have completed at least two (2) years of the J.D. Program are qualified to take the apprenticeship program.
- A student may apply for the apprenticeship prior to such completion provided that by the end of the semester in which the application is filed, said student shall have completed at least two (2) years of the J.D. Program.
Rule 2. PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION
Students who are eligible for the apprenticeship program should secure the following forms from the UC Legal Aid & Law Center, to wit:
– Student’s Application Form (UCA Form 1)
– Supervising Attorney’s Acceptance Form (UCA Form 2)
– Supervising Attorney’s Evaluation Form (UCA Form 3)
- Once the applicant has secured the preliminary approval of his/her chosen Supervising Attorney, the applicant must accomplish and fill up UCA FORM 1 with its respective duplicate. The application must also provide the name, office, and address of the Supervising Attorney chosen by the applicant.
- The accomplished application must be submitted to the Dean for approval prior to the commencement of actual training applied for. Once approved, the original copy of the application should be submitted to the Supervising Attorney, while the duplicate should be left with the placement office.
- The Supervising attorney must indicate his formal acceptance of the applicant by accomplishing UCA FORM 2, and returning the same to the Placement Office within ten (10) days from the date of acceptance.
- Upon completion of apprenticeship, the Supervising Attorney must execute UCA Form 3. UCA FORM 3, duly accomplished, must be returned in a sealed envelope addressed to the Placement Office within thirty (30) days following completion of the apprenticeship.
Rule 3. THE SUPERVISING ATTORNEY
The Supervising Attorney shall be limited to:
a) Any professional law firm or partnership with an established office and actually engaged in the practice of law in the Philippines;
Note: Said firm or partnership must be previously accredited by the Law School to be a participating firm of the apprenticeship program
b) Any court of Law (Municipal or Metropolitan Trial Court, Regional Trial Court, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals, and the Supreme Court) in the Philippines;
c) Any Philippine government agency exercising quasi-judicial powers;
d) Public or private legal assistance agencies in the Philippines such as the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), Alternative Legal Assistance Center (ALAC), Structural Legal Assistance for Grassroots (SALAG), the UC Legal Aid & Law Center;
e) The Legal Department of the following Philippine Government Agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Board of Investments, the Intellectual Property Office, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Department of Labor and Employment;
f) Other Philippine government agencies which shall be limited to: the Office of the Solicitor General, the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, the Office of the Solicitor Prosecutor, and the Office of the Ombudsman;
g) A corporation with an established Legal Department headed or managed by in-house lawyers which has been previously accredited by the College of Law to be a participating firm of the apprenticeship program, but not disqualified under Rule 3.2., with prior clearance obtained from the Dean;
h) Non-profit entity organized and existing under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines.
The following shall be disqualified from acting as the Supervising Attorney:
a) A professional partnership where any of the partners is related within the fourth (4th) civil degree of consanguinity or affinity with the student proposing to render apprenticeship training;
b) Offices or agencies where the head of the office or agency (Head of Office) is related within (4th) civil degree of consanguinity of affinity with the proposing to render apprenticeship training;
c) As herein construed, Head of Office shall mean the presiding judge of a lower court or the Justice of the Sandiganbayan or an appellate court under Rule 3.1.(b); any of the Commissioners, the Department Secretary or any of the Assistant Secretaries or Undersecretaries, or any member of the Board, or anyone exercising similar functions in the agencies under Rule 3.1.(c); the Director and Assistant Directors or anyone exercising similar functions in agencies under Rule 3.1.(d) and (e); the Solicitor General or any Assistant Solicitor General, the Government Corporate Counsel or any Assistant Government Corporate Counsel, the Special Prosecutor, the Ombudsman or any Deputy Ombudsman in agencies under Rule 3.1 (f); and anyone exercising similar functions as the foregoing in offices and agencies under Rule 3.3.
Rule 4. PERIOD OF APPRENTICESHIP
- Unless with the prior approval of the Dean, apprenticeship-training should be undertaken only during the summer breaks between regular school years, to enable students to concentrate on classroom subjects during the regular school year.
- A minimum total of two hundred forty (240) hours of apprenticeship training shall be required. Subject to Rule 5.2., a student has the option, but with prior notice to the UC Legal Aid & Law Center, to accumulate a total 240 hours in one summer. A student may opt to have a minimum of at least one hundred twenty (120) hours for each summer break.
Rule 5. ACADEMIC CREDIT
- A student shall earn an academic credit of two (2) units for every 120-hour apprenticeship training successfully completed.
- In view of the limited nature of training which can be obtained from Supervising Attorneys described in Rule 3 (e) and (f), and those covered under Rule 3, only two (2) units of academic credit can be earned for apprenticeship training under such Supervising Attorneys, regardless of the number of hours.
- Four (4) units of academic credit for apprenticeship training shall be required for graduation with a J.D. Degree.
Rule 6. SANCTIONS
- Any untruthful statement in, or falsification of, any of the Apprenticeship Forms, shall be a ground for denial of academic credit for apprenticeship training undertaken. Such acts shall also be ground for disciplinary sanctions, including dismissal.
- Any firm agency or institution that participates in any of such falsity, or allows any undermining of the objectives of the apprenticeship program, shall be de-listed from the accredited list of participants to the apprenticeship program.
Rule 7. EFFECTIVITY
- These revised Rules shall take effect beginning AY 2012-2013 and shall continue to remain effective until revoked, revised or amended.