Senior-friendly access: ACCESS MCLE welcomes learners of all ages
ACCESS pushes forward with its online Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) series. Approved by the Supreme Court in 2019, ACCESS MCLE, a digital learning platform, is the first of its kind. Today, lawyers can complete their required thirty-six (36) MCLE units for continued practice in the legal profession from the safe confines of their home or office. Amidst the ongoing pandemic, ACCESS’ pioneering online MCLE grants ease of compliance to all lawyers – both young and old.
Pre-pandemic, lawyers typically attended the MCLE classes with large crowds and auditoriums full of other lawyers. With current restrictions on public gatherings, the conduct of on-site MCLE has been temporarily cancelled. This is something that 80-year-old Atty. Loreto M. Masa of Masa Malveda Cansino Law Office personally experienced. “As early as last March 2020, I already enrolled for the MCLE. But because of the pandemic, it was cancelled,” he recounts. “Thankfully ACCESS offered online MCLE courses, and I immediately grabbed the opportunity and enrolled.”
“ACCESS courses are very well-made, very interesting, and very stimulating,” Atty. Masa says after having completed 6 online courses. “I gained a lot from this MCLE course and I have learned so much since most of the topics discussed were applicable to the cases we’re handling or that I’m handling,” he remarks. The former City Mayor of Alaminos, Laguna and former Assistant Provincial Prosecutor of Laguna, Atty. Masa admits that he is not as tech-savvy as his younger colleagues, he found navigating the ACCESS platform and courses quite easy. “And the lecturers are quite impressive!”
Included among ACCESS’ list of lecturers is retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Associate Justice Cathy Manahan of the Court of Tax Appeals, retired Associate Justice Magdangal De Leon of the Court of Appeals, Deputy Commissioner for National Privacy Commission Atty. Leandro Aguirre, Chief of the Legal Division of the Bureau of Immigration Atty. Arvin Santos, and retired SEC Chairwoman Atty. Teresita Herbosa, among others. “I learned a lot from Atty. Katrina Legarda on the subject of marriage, and Atty. Leandro Aguirre on Data Privacy laws,” he shares, quite impressed by the legal luminaries and the substantive content of the curriculum.
Committed to all lawyers, ACCESS’s online MCLE has a simple and straightforward interface. Even old veterans in the legal profession, such as Atty. Masa and his other firm partners, are easily able to access and navigate the platform. This digital lecture series is indeed the best solution, considering current restrictions, for lawyers to continue their legal education. “At my age, I have trouble reading the small prints in books, so I rely on these kinds of training or seminars in order to learn more about new laws or amendments of old ones,” Atty. Masa admits. “I like this profession. Mostly, I want to continue serving people who cannot afford the service of lawyers. And so, despite my age, I want to continue working,” he adds.
At its core, ACCESS remains committed to providing more accessible alternatives of continuing legal education for all lawyers, whether young or old. Anytime and anywhere, the online MCLE is readily available. To date, there are 37 available live courses on the ACCESS website, covering various topics – from Updates on Substantive and Procedural Laws and Jurisprudence, Trial and Pre-Trial Skills, Legal and Judicial Ethics, International Law and International Conventions, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy, and other MCLE prescribed subjects.
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