Davao law schools dominated by female students

Subscribe Now January 18, 2013 at 08:32am

Davao schools offering the course of Bachelor of Laws are dominated by female students, former Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Davao chapter president Atty. Isagani Carlos Zarate disclosed Thursday. Zarate said it is now a growing trend that more female are entering the law profession.

"This is maybe because women are known to be more dedicated and with less or no social activities compared to men," he said.

He said majority of the law students in our two schools here, the Ateneo de Davao University and the University of Mindanao are women.

"Even positions in courts are held by women," he added.

Meanwhile, Senator Edgardo Angara in an interview during the opening of the 14th IBP national convention at SMX Davao on Wednesday said the trend is not only here (Philippines) but globally.

"Magaling kasi kayo (referring to women into lawyering)," the Senator said.

However, he stressed that in lawyering "we should be open to competition".

Lawyering, he said is making a dramatic shift due to the advent of technology as communication is done easier with the latest technology.

"We must upgrade our legal education and open our schools to law students from abroad," he said.

He also said Filipino lawyers should not be afraid of competition by allowing foreign lawyers on legal practice here but the law must be amended which states that "only Filipino lawyers are allowed to practice in the Philippines".

The Philippines is the only country in Asia that does not allow foreign lawyers to practice here.

"Whether we like it or not, we must compete with our fellow Asian counterpart," he said

Because in two years time, he said we (in Asia) will become one economic market.

And if foreign lawyers will be allowed to practice here, they must qualify and pass the Philippine Bar Examination, he added.

Source: balita.ph

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