THE Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) is composed of 36 unit courses that every Filipino lawyer should complete every three years. Otherwise, his practice before the courts will be affected and his pleadings will not be recognized. In the past, the MCLE was offered through face-to-face classes in seminar or hotel ballrooms. Access introduced an alternative way to take the MCLE and that is online.

The name Access is synonymous with Online MCLE. Why? Two years before the pandemic, Access founder Atty. Peaches Martinez-Aranas envisioned that MCLE should also be done online instead of face-to-face only. After she presented the concept to the Supreme Court sitting en banc, the online MCLE became a reality in the Philippines. There are two ways that the MCLE can be delivered online: on demand and synchronous. Access is the only provider in the entire Philippines that offers both. After the success of its on-demand MCLE which Access fondly calls “Netflix for Lawyers,” it ventured into online synchronous MCLE.

The synchronous MCLE of Access is the first of its kind. For one, it is offered every month until March 2022. The schedule is every first and second Friday and Saturday of each month. One can rest assured that if he misses the first Friday in October, he can take the same lessons on the first Friday of the succeeding months. Access is the only one that offers this flexibility. It is hard enough to sit through nine hours a day for four days. If one misses the morning session, he will need to scramble for other providers that offer the exact same subjects that he missed that morning. Usually, this is very difficult to match with one’s own schedule. It is actually the MCLE nightmare of lawyers. With Access, the synchronous MCLE is somewhat on demand because one can schedule when to take all 36 units over a span of six months. No other provider in the Philippines does this. No one does synchronous MCLE this way in the entire country. Access calls it flexible synchronous MCLE.

On top of the flexibility, Access offers courses that are unique but relevant from subject matter experts. The lineup includes speakers from the judiciary and academe. One can even learn how to be a good trial lawyer from dean Chel Diokno and understand the latest on Family Law from Atty. Teresita Cruz. If one is under a BIR investigation, Atty. Willie Santiago provides techniques and tricks on how to handle an assessment. Atty. Carina Bayon of Pepsi provides a course on key Food Safety laws in the Philippines. One can learn about the controversial South China Sea arbitration from Atty. Fretti Ganchoon. Enrollees can also hear from Justice Carpio himself from the on-demand MCLE of Access. For the full list of courses, one can visit its website at www.accessonline.ph or check out its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/accessmcleinc/.

Since Access launched its flexible synchronous MCLE, it has accommodate hundreds of enrollees per month. The ease of taking a make-up class is not only welcomed by most of its students but is actually a big relief. One lawyer said, “Access’ flexible synchronous MCLE is less daunting and cumbersome because I can take the four days in a span of six months.”

If one wants a one-stop shop for his MCLE needs, Access is the place to go to. One can choose between the on-demand, dubbed “Netflix for Lawyers” and the flexible synchronous. Other providers offer only one. Moreover, no one else offers flexible synchronous.

As the pioneer in online MCLE and a game changer of the industry, Access is committed to introducing improvements to traditional MCLE. For the eighth compliance period which begins in April 2022, Access is working on a course curriculum that is specific to one’s law practice. SPONSORED CONTENT