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The Legal Education Board (LEB) has issued on Tuesday LEB Memorandum Circular No. 27 announcing that the scheduled April 7, 2019 Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSat) will push though.

The LEB, an independent government agency responsible for the regulation of the legal education in the Philippines, has  clarified that  PhiLSAT on April 7 is not covered by the restraining order issued by the Supreme Court.

To recall, petitions had been filed before the SC questioning the validity of the creation of LEB and the conduct of PhiLSAT as it may encroach on the constitutional powers of the judiciary to regulate the practice of law in the country. Following oral arguments on the petition last March 5, the SC issued a TRO restraining the implementation of PhilSAT.

The LEB, however, explained that the restraining order issued by the high court covers only LEB Memorandum Circular No.18, Series of 2018 which prohibits the admission and enrolment as freshmen students in the basic law course beginning in Academic Year 2018-2019 of those without the required PhilSat eligibility.

“The TRO issued by the SC covers only LEB Memorandum Circular (LEBMC) No. 18, series of 2018, which prohibits the admission/enrolment as freshmen/1st Year students in the basic law course beginning in AY 2018-2019 of those without the required PhiLSAT eligibility. There is no TRO as far as the administration of the PhiLSAT on April 7, 2019,” the new LEB memorandum circular read.

~Stare Decisis