MCLE and the Lawyers

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Introduction
One of the most important maxims that a law student learns in law school is ignorantia legis non excusat. Indeed, ignorance of the law excuses no one; it is one of the building blocks of the justice system. Through tri-media and social media platforms, the public know of people who violate these laws because they claim they did not know their existence. When legal battles ensue, lawyers, who possess in-depth knowledge of laws and jurisprudence, play an indispensable role in advancing or defending their clients' case.
A lawyers' education does not end; it continous. Canon of the Lawyers' Code of Professional Responsibilty notes the importance of continuing legal education. Responding to this need, the Supreme Court adopted the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) for members of the Integrated bar of the Philippines (IBP) through Bar Matter No. 850. Rule 1Section 1 of Bar Matter No. 850 requires all members of the IBP to attend and comply if they wish to continue with their legal practice. rule 7 Section 1 enumerates those who are exempted from MCLE attendance. Clearly, MCLE is a requirement to all members of the IBP which entails their commitment. more than being a requirement, however, lawyers see MCLE as an avennue to equip them with added learning in the face of the "proliferation of legal materials and the emergence of new specialties in law, brought about by the growing complexity of our society."

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Introduction
One of the most important maxims that a law student learns in law school is ignorantia legis non excusat. Indeed, ignorance of the law excuses no one; it is one of the building blocks of the justice system. Through tri-media and social media platforms, the public know of people who violate these laws because they claim they did not know their existence. When legal battles ensue, lawyers, who possess in-depth knowledge of laws and jurisprudence, play an indispensable role in advancing or defending their clients' case.
A lawyers' education does not end; it continuous. Canon of the Lawyers' Code of Professional Responsibility notes the importance of continuing legal education. Responding to this need, the Supreme Court adopted the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) for members of the Integrated bar of the Philippines (IBP) through Bar Matter No. 850. Rule 1Section 1 of Bar Matter No. 850 requires all members of the IBP to attend and comply if they wish to continue with their legal practice. rule 7 Section 1 enumerates those who are exempted from MCLE attendance. Clearly, MCLE is a requirement to all members of the IBP which entails their commitment. more than being a requirement, however, lawyers see MCLE as an avenue to equip them with added learning in the face of the "proliferation of legal materials and the emergence of new specialties in law, brought about by the growing complexity of our society."

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Source JournalMindanao Law Journal
Journal VolumeMindanao Law Journal Vol.4 No.4
AuthorsEzarianne Diana Rose J. Gido, Nisa S. Opalla, Maria Janua B. Polinar, Dyan Aimee M. Rodriguez, Demrev C. Salazar
Page Count3
Place of PublicationDavao City
Original Publication DateJanuary 1, 2013
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