The Law Instruction Development Program (LIDP) is a formal, part-time, non-degree, and pioneering training program and extension service of the College of Law of the University of the Philippines (UP) that is primarily intended to promote, uplift, and enhance the quality of teaching of highly specialized and technical law subjects to law students in colleges and schools of law across the country. It shall consist of a series of component sub-training programs for each and every highly specialized and technical law subject to be known as Faculty Certificate Course or FCC.
As a training and extension program, the LIDP is also envisioned as a transition platform that will bridge the time and resource requirements for law schools to acquire and maintain a sufficient pool of tenured Faculty, professorial and non-tenured lecturers, and adjunct faculty and lecturers with post-graduate degrees in law and law-related fields. Likewise, it is an institutional capacity-building program that seeks to address and respond to a renewed attention to faculty growth and development through profound and enhanced good teaching skills, pedagogy, and better assessment tools and measurements on teaching proficiencies and basic competencies. At the same time, it seeks to provide a responsive bridging program that will close the disjoint between legal education and the legal profession such that the theoretical and ethical study of law is matched with practical skills in the application and actual practice of law in the field, whether before the courts, administrative tribunals or government regulatory agencies.
The foregoing considered, the major outcomes being envisioned for LIDP as a law instruction-based training program and extension service of UP are twofold: (a) better teaching of highly technical and specialized law subjects, and (b) the bridging of the gap between theoretical legal education and actual practice of the law, both of which will ultimately redound to the benefit of students.
In the design of the LIDP, the UP Law Center has been guided by two (2) principal assumptions, albeit acknowledgments. At the core of this program is the acknowledgment that trainees are lawyers who have been recognized and/or acquired distinction as local experts in their respective legal fields of study. They have, at the very least, a minimum of two (2) years of teaching experience at any one of the country’s accredited college or school of law and thus, with actual sufficient experience in teaching law to law students. It is also acknowledged that being legal professionals and teachers, they can readily transition to being leaders, mentors and role models of young law students.
In like vein, it is also acknowledged that the LIDP as a transition and bridging program on legal instruction of professors of law, requires and therefore, will only avail of the teaching and mentoring services of most qualified national and international experts as FCC lecturers / resource persons. Among others, these experts shall include law professors of the UP College of Law and other higher education institutions (HEIs).
Consistent with the foregoing, another distinctive feature of the LIDP shall be the inclusion and use by trainees of a Law Casebook covering each and every field of legal study subject of the FCC. These Casebooks shall be authored by legal experts vetted by the UP Law Center and likewise reviewed, edited and published by the UP Law Center. Accordingly, there shall be a printed / published Casebook for each FCC which shall be available for distribution to trainees on the first training day such that the same shall be the FCC training hand-out.