How MCLE has become flexible and accessible in the Philippines

There is no excuse for Philippine Bar members to comply with the Compulsory Continuing Legal Training (MCLE) now that the program is more accessible and flexible in the country.

The Supreme Court approved the rules and regulations for conducting online MCLE with effect from 5 February 2020, or before the massive start of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The resolution was originally intended to enable older, otherwise-competent and overseas-based Filipino attorneys to comply with Bar No. 850, which aims to uphold the Code of Professional Responsibility by keeping abreast of the law, professional ethics and improved standards of practice.

“The advent of computer technology has made it necessary to adopt current learning trends and it is relevant with the changing times that an alternative mode of delivery of the MCLE is made available to members of the Desk through online and on demand MCLE, “the Supreme Court. Court declares.

The pioneer in online MCLE in the country has long welcomed this development and has constantly raised the standards when it comes to delivering the program in the virtual setup. ACCESS MCLE began laying the groundwork for its online MCLE offerings in late 2018 – more than a year before the Supreme Court finally approved the acceptance of online MCLE sessions.


Atty Louella Martinez “Peaches” Aranas, CEO and Founder of Access MCLE

“Providing MCLE online was an original idea of ​​ACCESS so that Attorneys for Visayas and Mindanao could access the readings of Manila-based lawyers without spending on airline tickets and hotel accommodation,” Atty said. Ma. Louella M. Aranas, co-founder of ACCESS MCLE.

“The aim of ACCESS is to level the playing field among jurists across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In addition, ACCESS aims to increase the way online education is provided through the use of best practices and the gold standard in the content, design and delivery of the courses, ”she added.

ACCESS MCLE is also committed to making continuing education a valuable experience for attorneys. “We believe it is a waste of time and money for lawyers to enroll and not actually learn anything from the programs. MCLE should not just ‘be something to get along with’. So, ACCESS strives to make MCLE fun and engaging, yet informative and relevant, by strategically designing and presenting the courses, ”Atty said. Aranas assured.

Online MCLE on request

ACCESS MCLE continues to lead the industry by offering the most flexible and accessible continuing education programs for attorneys. Apart from the synchronous option, which facilitates an online classroom setup, the properly recognized MCLE setting offers MCLE in the revolutionary Online On-Demand format.

The process of developing courses is a tedious and demanding one, but it does not prevent ACCESS to pursue its goals. First, the institution invites lawyers and scholars to create original lectures on composite topics, which are carefully and carefully consulted and selected for the learners’ discerning interests and requirements.

Then, ACCESS ‘in-house team of teaching designers creates, designs and transforms the course content of the experts into a fully interactive online learning module. From there, the legal fixtures were set up to shoot the on-demand instructional videos with the help of professional audio, lighting and video engineers to ensure high quality of each video.

“We believe that the best readings are easily absorbed and retained if presented in high-quality material with clear and sharp videos. Our lecture videos integrate animations and games into the interactive learning modules for better appreciation and efficiency, ”Atty. Aranas said.

Flexible synchronous MCLE

For attorneys who prefer the synchronous approach to MCLE, ACCESS has sharpened again to set a new standard. It introduces its Flexi-Synch program, which makes the online classroom setup more convenient for those with hectic schedules.

Through ACCESS MCLE’s Flexi-Synch, an enrolled person can take the selected MCLE courses virtually throughout the year. This means that if he / she misses a lesson, ACCESS will facilitate the exact same lesson on the same day and time in the following month / s. This ensures that learners will not miss important data and insights to make the continuing learning program more relevant.

“Our courses are designed to educate. ACCESS online courses are formatted and designed for better learning experience and knowledge absorption and retention, ”repeated Alex Canata, co-founder of ACCESS MCLE.

Reliable and secure online learning

To ensure uninterrupted delivery of its online MCLE courses, ACCESS has even invested in online security mechanisms — including high-bandwidth availability and encryption tools for users’ data protection. It also maintains its data retention and destruction policies and regularly audits routes and logs for added security.

For their part, online learners are required to have stable internet access, use a device with a camera in front during sessions, and access their chosen online courses or modules, whether in synchronous, flexible synchronization or on demand platforms.

To learn more about ACCESS MCLE and its programs, visit


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