DLSU College of Law opens free legal aid clinic

DLSU COL Dean Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno with DLSU COL students giving legal consultation to a resident.

TO GIVE DLSU College of Law (COL) students a hands- on learning experience in the practice of law, the College recently launched the Developmental Legal Advocacy Clinic (DLAC).

DLAC is the clinic legal program of the DLSU COL where teacher- practitioners supervise law students in providing legal services to clients.

The DLAC ascribes to the guiding philosophy of developmental legal advocacy as conceived by the late humanitarian and lawmaker Jose W. Diokno. DLAC seeks not only to render free legal assistance to the marginalized and underprivileged sectors of society but more importantly, the clinic seeks to use the law to change lives and social structures that result in injustice.

DLSU College of Law Dean Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno addressing the community around the legal aid clinic.

As part of their curriculum, fourth year COL students are required to render at least 120 hours of free legal aid within Metro Manila, under the supervision of accredited lawyers.

According to DLSU COL Dean Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno, legal aid may entail arguing motions, litigating, and handlings appeals in criminal, civil and administrative cases.

More than giving the students an accessible clinic where they can accomplish their legal aid requirement, the DLAC enables the students to help the communities and families residing near the University. The clinic is located at 2139 Fidel Reyes Street, Malate Manila and is headed by Col faculty Atty. Milagros Isabel Cristobal.

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