Passage of the Legal Education Reform Act of 1993 (R.A. No. 7662)

The Legal Education Board was created pursuant to R.A. No. 7662, also known as the Legal Education Reform Act of 1993.  The law was approved by President Fidel V. Ramos on 23 December 1993.

The primary policy of the law is to reform and uplift the standards of legal education in the country.  Towards this end, the State shall undertake appropriate reforms in legal education, require proper selection of law students, maintain quality among law schools, and require legal apprenticeship and continuing legal education.

The Board shall have the following powers and functions:

      a. To administer the legal education system.
      b. To supervise the law schools.
      c. To set accreditation standards for law schools.
      d. To accredit law schools.
      e. To set minimum standards for law admission and minimum qualifications and compensation of faculty members.
      f. To prescribe the basic curricula for the course of study aligned to the requirements for admission to the bar, law practice and social consciousness,and such other courses           of study as may be prescribed by the law schools.
      g. To establish a law practice internship as a requirement for taking the bar.
      h. To perform such other functions and prescribe such rules and regulations necessary for the attainment of the policies and objectives of the Legal Education Reform Act.

The importance given by the State to legal education is shown by the fact that legal education has its own supervisory and regulatory agency unlike other professional education programs which all fall under the supervisory and regulatory jurisdiction of the Commission on Higher Education.