Unauthorized Practice of Law

Unauthorized practice of law shall be a ground for revocation of the law student practitioner’s certification and/or disqualification for a law student from taking the bar examination for a period to be determined by the Supreme Court.

Without prejudice to existing laws, rules, regulations, and circulars, the following shall be considered as unauthorized practice of law by a certified law student practitioner:


  • Engaging in any of the acts provided in Section 4 of this Rule without the necessary certification or without the consent and supervision of the supervising lawyer
  • Making false representations in the application for certification
  • Using an expired certification to engage in the limited practice of law under this Rule
  • Rendering legal services outside the scope of the practice areas allowed under Section 4 of this Rule;
  • Asking for or receiving payment or compensation for services rendered under the Clinical Legal Education Program as provided in this Rule
  • Such other analogous circumstances

Any act constituting a violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility shall subject the supervising lawyer, Clinical Legal Education Program Head, and/or law school dean to disciplinary action, as the circumstances may warrant.


The Revised Law Student Practice Rule (Rule 138-A of the Rules of Court) allow law students who have applied for and have secured proper certifications to engage in any of the activities under the Clinical Legal Education Program

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