SC issues TRO over law school admissions exams

Published March 16, 2019, 9:52 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Jeffrey Damicog 

The Supreme Court (SC) issued last Friday a temporary restraining order (TRO) that stopped the Legal Education Board (LEB) from implementing the Philippine Law School Admission Test (Philsat) as a requirement for students’ enrolment in law schools in the country.

An unimpeachable source said the resolution on the TRO will be released on Monday.

Philsat examinations have been conducted by LEB in April 2017, September 2017, April 2018, and September 2018.

Based on LEB’s Memorandum No. 7, schoolyear 2017-2018 was the pilot year for Philsat but law schools were allowed to enroll students who took the examinations but did not pass the tests.

The memorandum which was issued on 2016 provided for mechanisms to a one-day aptitude test meant to gauge the academic potential of an examinee who wants to enroll in law schools.

On top of the abolition of LEB and Philsat, the petitioners – led by former Makati City regional trial court (RTC) judge Oscar Pimentel – also sought the transfer of the regulation of law schools to the SC.