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Solon desires free tuition for SUC law students.

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Senator Raffy Tulfo introduced a bill to give worthy students at state universities and colleges (SUCs) across the country free tuition and other expenses in an effort to expand the number of lawyers practicing in the country.

SUC scholars will be required to perform mandatory return service for two years with the Public Attorney’s Office or any other government agency lacking lawyers under Tulfo’s Senate Bill 1610, often known as the Free Legal Education Program.

2,500 people are currently served by one lawyer, according to a news release from the inexperienced senator.

He bemoaned that “it is quite far from the desired ratio of one lawyer for every 250 persons.”

According to a study by Tulfo’s office, the cost of law education in private institutions ranges from PHP75,000 to PHP98,000 every semester or between PHP24,000 and PHP30,000 in SUCs.

He emphasized that because the law is already a post-graduate subject, it does not qualify under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017.

The tuition fees that the SUC governing board will adopt, the government-mandated Bar Examination and licensure fees, and additional school fees, including but not limited to library fees and fees for required books, are all covered under SB 1610.

All SUCs having a legal program that has received proper accreditation from the Legal Education Board are eligible to use the free tuition.

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