The increasing demands of the legal profession require no less than the highest level of competence, sophistication and professionalism on the part of Philippine legal practitioners. The competitive advantage of a law firm thus hinges on its complement of lawyers.
Each year, the Firm recruits a sampling of the year’s best law graduates – young men and women who subscribe to high personal standards and who reflect the best qualities of each generation of new lawyers. The new hires then undergo a rigorous eight-month training period where they are rotated among the Firm Groups and given exposure to the different practice areas, particularly litigation, corporate and business law, and intellectual property law. Having had a taste of the general practice of law, the new lawyers are better equipped to excel in their practice areas of specialization which they elect at the end of their training.
It is the unique blend of talent, dynamism and passion for excellence of the Firm’s lawyers, honed further by a training program acknowledged in the legal profession as one of the best, that sets the Firm apart from all other Philippine legal institutions and continues to give it a competitive edge in the profession.
Summer Apprenticeship Program
Each year, the Firm sponsors a month-long summer apprenticeship program where a select group of the brightest junior and senior law students from the best law schools in the Philippines are given an opportunity to experience the Firm’s law practice and culture.
Throughout the Program, the apprentices work closely with the Firm’s lawyers in actual matters handled by the Firm in labor, litigation, intellectual property and corporate practice. Special lectures on various aspects of law practice supplement the hands-on training.
More than merely encouraging the apprentices to consider the Firm as an employment option after graduation, the Program aims to jump-start the legal careers of these talented and promising law students by giving them an early and invaluable exposure to the various facets of legal practice that will serve them in good stead when they are admitted to the legal profession.