A clinical legal education and
training course integrating classroom learning of substantive
and remedial law with their concrete application in actual
controversies, disputes, and cases before the courts or
administrative agencies for amicable settlement or for
adjudication, as the case may be. This course is divided into
two parts. One, is the practicum component wherein law
interns handle actual legal problems, disputes or cases under
the supervision of the Office of Legal Aid. They interview the
clients, draft necessary legal and judicial forms, do counselling
and negotiation work, appear before the courts/administrative
agencies for adjudication including appeals therefrom.
Conferences and tutorials for formulating the theory of the
case, strategizing and assigning legal research work are also
part of this component. The second component is the Moot
court wherein actual OLA cases are utilized to simulate court
litigation for effective role playing of advocates and witnesses.
Field observations of legal institutions, administrative agencies,
courts, law enforcement agencies, and other bodies that a law
practitioner encounters, are also required.