law clinic or an 2) extemship, which shall incorporate the teaching of legal theory and doctrines, practical skills, as well as legal ethics. (b) Externship is part of the clinical legal educational program if: (a) it allows students to engage in legal work for the marginalized sectors or for the promotion of social justice and public interest, and (b) it is undertaken with any of the following: (i) the courts, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), government offices; and (ii) law school-recognized non-governmental organizations (NGOs). (c) Law Clinic refers to an office or center which is a component of the law school's clinical legal education 5
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6 A.M. No. 19-03-24-SC program that renders legal assistance and services as herein provided to eligible persons, groups, and/or communities. ( d) Law Student Practitioner is a law student certified under Section 3 of this Rule. (e) Supervising Lmtyer refers to a member of the Philippine Bar in good standing who is authorized by the law school to supervise the law student practitioner under this Rule. Section 3. Eligibility Requirements of Law Student Practitioners. -No law student shall be permitted to engage in any of the activities under the Clinical Legal Education Program of a law school unless the law student has applied for and secured the following certifications: (a) Level 1 certification, for law students who have successfully completed their first-year law courses; and/ or (b) Level 2 ce1iification, for law students currently enrolled for the second semester of their third-year law courses: Provided however, where a student fails to complete all their third-year law courses, the Level 2 certification shall be deemed automatically revoked. The certification issued shall be valid until the student has completed the required number of courses in the clinical legal education program to complete the law degree, unless sooner revoked for grounds stated herein. Section 4. Practice Areas of Law Student Practitioners. -Subject to the supervision and approval of a supervising lawyer, a certified law student practitioner may: For Level 1 Certification ( 1) Interview prospective clients; (2) Give legal advice to the client; (3) Negotiate for and on behalf of the client; (4) Draft legal documents such as affidavits, compromise agreements, contracts, demand letter, position papers, and the like;
Rule 138-A I Law Student Practice (5) Represent eligible parties before quasi-judicial or administrative bodies; (6) Provide public legal orientation; and (7) Assist in public interest advocacies for policy formulation and implementation. For Level 2 Certification (1) Perform all activities under Level 1 Certification; (2) Assist in the taking of depositions and/or preparing judicial affidavits of witnesses; (3) Appear on behalf of the client at any stage of the proceedings or trial, before any court, quasi-judicial or administrative body; ( 4) In criminal cases, subject to the provisions of Section 5, Rule 110 of the Rules of Court, to appear on behalf of a government agency in the prosecution of criminal actions; and
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