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Supreme Court issues TRO on Law School Admission Test

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan—The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the enforcement of the national law school entrance test Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT).

According to a reliable source, the TRO was issued on March 15, this counters the existing law, Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT) is a standardized battery of aptitude tests designed to measure academic potential to pursue the study of law.

SC stays to resolve petitions seeking to declare the PhilSAT unconstitutional. The petitions also want to declare the law that created the LEB unconstitutional.

Law says, “Pursuant to the power of the Legal Education Board (LEB) to prescribe the minimum standards for law admission under Section 7(e) of Republic Act No. 7662, entitled the “Legal Education Reform Act of 1993,” the LEB, under LEB Memorandum Order No. 7 Series of 2016, required the PhiLSAT as a prerequisite for admission to the basic law courses leading to either a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree beginning school year 2017 – 2018”.

Meanwhile, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen raised the concern that the nationwide test under the control of the state may infringe on academic freedom.

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio emphasized that PhilSAT violates people’s right to know, as some aspiring law students do not necessarily want to become lawyers.

With the lifting of the requirement to pass the PhilSAT, the SC is now allowing students to study law subject only to the admission policies of law schools.

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