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LSPU law students to practice legal education with CDA

The students of the Bachelor of Law program of the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) are set to have their clinical legal education program (CLEP) with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).   

This comes after the formalization of the collaboration between the LSPU-College of Law (CoL) and the CDA through a ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) held at the Conference Hall, LSPU-San Pablo City Campus (SPCC), April 29.

Mr. Salvador V. Valeroso, Regional Director of CDA, and Dr. Mario R. Briones, LSPU President, inked the partnership for the establishment and implementation of the CDA Laws Awareness Program (CLAP) and Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP).

Apart from promoting the spirit of cooperativism and social justice, the collaboration aims to enhance the learning opportunities of law students; educate the law students on substantive and procedural aspects of CDA; conduct information sessions and training for cooperative members on their legal rights, responsibilities, and remedies; and provide law students opportunities to render legal services to cooperatives. 

President Briones explained that this partnership veers toward one of the core missions of the University: social responsibility. 

“This partnership not only enriches the educational experience of our students but also reinforces our University’s role as a catalyst for positive change,” President Briones said. 

Atty. Rushid Jay S. Sancon, Dean of CoL and Campus Director of LSPU-Los Baños Campus, shared that this collaboration will expand the knowledge and practice exposure of the students for their clinical education program.

Engr. Manuel Luis Alvarez, Campus Director of LSPU-Sta. Cruz Campus, noted how this partnership can also pave the way for the establishment of cooperatives among the campuses of the University. 

An LSPU alumnus, Mr. Valeroso explained that this will also help overcome the current challenges of awareness about cooperatives and the lack of training among cooperative members.
Under Administrative Matter No. 19-03-24-SC, the Supreme Court of the Philippines required all law schools in the Philippines to offer CLEP as part of the curriculum. Meanwhile, CLAP is an initiative of CDA for law students to be introduced to cooperative laws, rules, and regulations and be applied by them in their conduct of legal duties.