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CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION APPLICATION PROCESS

What is the Clinical Legal Education Program?
CLEP is an experiential, interactive, and reflective 1-unit course offered in the first and second semester of the second year. It provides law students with practical knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the application of the law, delivery of legal services, and promotion of social justice and public interest, especially to the marginalized, while inculcating in the students the values of ethical lawyering and public service. It is required under Rule 138-A.

Who is covered?
This is a requirement for those who will graduate and take the Bar in 2023 and beyond. To further explain, let us say you will graduate in 2022 but plan to take the bar in 2024. In this scenario, you are not covered because you did not graduate in 2023.

Now I know I'm covered, what should I do first?
The first thing you need to do is apply for CLEP Certification Level 1 before the Court. You cannot enroll in CLEP without Certification from the Court.

What are the CLEP requirements?
It depends on what year you are. For current first years, you are required to undergo both a 120-hour externship and accomplish class projects under the CLEP subject. For non-first-years who are covered, you are only required to accomplish the group projects under the CLEP subject.

What are these group projects?
For the first semester (CLEP 1): 2 Rights Literacy Sessions
For the second semester ( CLEP 2): 1 Legal Empowerment Project or 2 e-legal consultation sessions 

What are the requirements?
It depends on what year you are. For current first years, you are required to undergo both a 120-hour externship and accomplish class projects under the CLEP subject. For non-first-years who are covered, you are only required to accomplish the class projects under the CLEP subject.

Can I take CLEP 2 first then CLEP 1 the next school year?
No, you cannot. You have to take CLEP 1 first which is offered in the first semester of the second year. This is a pre-requisite for CLEP 2 which is offered the following semester.

I've not taken all first-year subjects or I failed in one, am I eligible for CLEP?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible yet. the Rule provides that you need to pass all first-year subjects (regardless of the weight of the subject) based on XU’s curriculum in order to apply for Certification. Without the Certification, you cannot enroll in CLEP. Though CLEP as a subject is offered in the second year, it can accommodate third-year or fourth-year students.

I do not have my complete first-year grades yet, do I need to apply now?
You can begin the application process. Your filing before the Court does not automatically amount to approval. If a grade is still missing as the deadline of filing nears, we suggest you apply ahead. The College of Law would still certify your eligibility once all grades are in. If you fail to qualify because of a failing mark, your application will be denied. You can try next year.

I’m currently an irregular second-year student, am I covered?
As long as you plan to graduate in 2023 or beyond, you are covered by the Rule. However, second-year students, regardless of status, are not required to do externships. You are only required to enroll in CLEP and comply with the group projects.

I'm a first-year student who is required to do externships, where should I proceed?
You will register for externship deployment through an online form which will be uploaded soon. Though you have the freedom to select a deployment office, some have limited slots so register as early as possible once the form is up. We have 10 externship partners which include Courts, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the Local Government Unit, legal NGOs, and other government agencies.

When could I take my externship?
The deployment for the externship will begin in July. More information about the externship will be posted.

When is the deadline? 
Please accomplish the steps below on or before 14 JUNE 2021 (FRIDAY).

To apply for the Level 1 Certification, please follow these steps: 

 

IF LIVING IN CDO OR IN NEARBY PLACES
PERSONAL FILING

IF NOT LIVING NEAR CDO
ASSISTED FILING

1.     Download the Application form here: http://bit.ly/CLEPCert1App

2.     Edit the Application form by placing your name, address, date and other information. Please refer to the parts highlighted in yellow.

 

3.     Print three copies and then affix your signature on each copy. (not e-signature)

4.     Proceed to a notary public for notarization of all three Application forms.

5.     Proceed to the Clerk of Court of the Regional Trial Court in Cagayan de Oro City and pay the filing fee of Php 200.00. The Clerk’s Office is located beside the main lobby. 

To locate the Hall of Justice, please see location link here: https://goo.gl/maps/FL193fWaJbaCfUfF7

6.     After paying, Attach the proof of payment in the Application form and file it with Clerk of Court of the Regional Trial Court in Cagayan de Oro City.

7.     Immediately Notify Xavier Ateneo Law that you accomplished the filing by filling this online form http://bit.ly/CLEPCert1

Please be reminded that you need to use your gmail account  in order to upload a picture of the first page of your application form with “received” mark. 

8.     Schedule of Oath Taking will then be posted.

1.     Download the Application form here: http://bit.ly/CLEPCert1App

2.     Edit the Application form by placing your name, address, date and other information. Please refer to the parts highlighted in yellow.

 

3.     Print three copies and then affix your signature on each copy. (not e-signature).

4.     Proceed to a notary public for notarization of all three Application forms.

5.     Deposit Php 200.00 over-the counter or through online bank transfer to the Bank of the Philippine Islands with the following details:

             Account Name: Xavier University

Account Num: 9330-0016-55

Branch: CDO Divisoria

Please remember to write your complete name and reference code 5103-4610 on the deposit slip or in the remarks section of your online bank transfer screen. 

Also, Please take a photo/print screen of the validated deposit slip or confirmation of bank transfer (in jpeg or pdf format). This will be uploaded as provided in step 7.

 

6.     Send through courier all three notarized copies of the Application form to XU Law before 14 June 2021. Make sure that you indicate your full name and the word “CLEP Application” in the envelope. Please take note of the school’s address:

 

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan College of Law, Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City

7.     Immediately Notify Xavier Ateneo Law that you mailed the notarized copies by filling this online form http://bit.ly/CLEPCert1notinCDO

Please be reminded that you need to use your gmail account  in order to upload a picture of the Proof of Deposit.

The form above would ask for the following information:

               i.Basic personal information

              ii.Payment Center

             iii.Transaction Date

             iv.Amount

              v.Reference Code (5103-4610);

             vi.Purpose of Payment (CLEP Level 1 Certification Fee); and

           vii.Soft copy of validated deposit slip or confirmation of bank transfer (in jpeg or pdf format). 

For questions, Please email the CLEP Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.