The Paralegal Training Program is an extension service and training program of the UP Law Center which aims to lay the foundation for the development and professionalization of paralegal work in the country.
To be a paralegal in the Philippines, one needs to have at least a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts or humanities, or a background in law. However, these undergraduate courses cannot prepare a student to face the bureaucratic labyrinth. The Paralegal Training Program of the UP Law Center was designed to provide its participants with basic and practical knowledge of substantial legal concepts pertaining to government; the judicial system; civil, criminal and quasi-judicial procedure; jurisdiction of local government units; ethical standards of judges, lawyers and civil servants; and the rules, regulations, and procedures of various administrative agencies.
At the end of the program, the participants are expected to have developed the following abilities: to identify, analyze, and evaluate common conflict areas in paralegal work; to recommend law-based resolutions; and to process common legal transactions with trial courts and government agencies.
The Paralegal Training Program was launched last January 7, 2014 with 52 accepted trainees out of 98 training applicants. Each participant must complete twenty-six (26) three-hour sessions that covers a period of three months.
The program is the first step in a ladder of specialized training programs of the UP Law Center for the development of the paralegal profession in the Philippines. This activity of the UP Law Center is pursuant to its mandate as an institution dedicated to teaching, research, training and legal extension services.
The UP Law Center Paralegal Training Committee is composed of: Prof. Eduardo A. Labitag, Attys. Fides Cordero-Tan, Elizabeth Pulumbarit, Hosanna Ayson, and Paul Kenneth Davis, with UP College of Law Dean Danilo L. Concepcion and Associate Dean Concepcion L. Jardeleza as Advisers.