23 volunteers of DOJ program pass Bar exams

MANILA-- Some 23 volunteers of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) paralegal immersion program have passed the 2016 Bar Examination, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announced Friday.

"For the work that they have done for God, Country and our DOJ, they will get an offer of employment to join us at the DOJ so that they can continue and build on the good work that they have started," Aguirre said in a statement.

The program is a six to seven week on-the-job training where the paralegals from law schools and colleges across the country are given the chance to work on almost all the facets of the operations of the office of the justice secretary.

"They work with us on or case studies and even join us in attending events and Congressional inquiries," Aguirre said, noting that out of an applicant pool of 150 to 200 per batch, they only get the top 20 to 25 paralegals.

We have a very competitive selection process for our volunteer paralegals, and when I say competitive, I mean we only get the top 20 to 25 paralegals from an applicant pool of 150 to 200 applicants per batch," he said, disclosing that one of the paralegals just got accepted into the graduate school program of Yale University in the US while another just ended her third term as a city councilor and joined them.

"This will give you an idea of the caliber of our DOJ paralegals," he noted.

Aguirre further said that with the exposure of the paralegals during their immersion, the department will have a pipeline of young and dynamic lawyers with integrity and dedication.

"We want to demystify the DOJ and at the same time, give our future lawyers the chance to see the DOJ as a potential employer in the future. This is something that cannot be seen in a 30-minute job interview," he said.

Interested applicants can send their Letter of Intent, detailing why they deserve to be a part of the DOJ-Office of the Secretary's Volunteer Paralegal Immersion Program, and their latest CVs to Undersecretary Erickson H. Balmes, Program Director, at balmz@yahoo.com or at Room 203, De Las Alas Hall, DOJ Compound, Padre Faura, Manila.

Source: Philippines News Agency