UA&P’s Law program provides training in standard competencies expected of lawyers, such as legal reasoning and advocacy. Following worldwide trends in the field of legal education, and helped by its integration within UA&P and within the School of Law and Governance, the Law program is envisioned to increasingly adopt interdisciplinary and international perspectives.
UA&P has the following offerings for those who wish to obtain a law degree:
Juris Doctor (JD). This is a 4-year course in law that fulfills all government requirements for those preparing for admission to the bar. It requires previous completion of a bachelor’s degree course. To view the curriculum, click here. For the tuition and other school fees for SY 2017-18 for incoming JD freshmen, click here.
Lex Honors. Lex Honors is a 7-year program for high school graduates who would like to take UA&P’s liberal arts bachelor’s degree course as a shortened (3 years instead of 4) but most fitting pre-law course, then proceed to the JD, which will still require four (4) years and will follow the same curriculum (see above). The program requires a high school average of 85% in order to qualify.
JD students and those in the Lex Honors program are provided with personal and professional mentoring during their stay in UA&P.
The following currently comprise the faculty of the Law program:
|Roberto A. Abad||Dina D. Lucenario|
|Mario V. Lopez||Roberto Rafael V. Lucila|
|Maria Cristina J. Cornejo||Cecilio L. Magsino|
|Rene V. Sarmiento||Amado F. Maralit|
|Roberto P. Buenaventura||Diosdado B. Marasigan|
|Rowena N. A. Tan||Mariana Amanda S. Meer|
|Rosauro S. David||Cristina A. Montes|
|Joaquin E. San Diego||Rufino L. Policarpio|
|Maria Concepcion S. Noche||Eduardo R. Robles|
|Jeremy Benigno I. Gatdula||Albert Leonard C. Rodriguez|
|May Frances P. Aquino||Romeo Raymond C. Santos|
|Susan M. Aquino||Clara B. Sereno|
|Timoteo B. Aquino||Pedro N. Tanchuling|
|Gembeth G. Basilgo||Delia S. Tantuico|
|Gerard L. Chan||Remigio A. Ukol, Jr.|
|Edmundo A. Cruz||Jose Ronaldo V. Valles|
|Emma C. Francisco||Guadalupe Lyn P. Vergel de Dios|
|Raymundo T. Francisco||Eugenio H. Villareal|
|James M. Imbong||Rodolfo R. Waga|
|Luisito V. Liban||Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco|
Philippine Law School Admission Test
Applicants should take the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT), unless exempted. To register for PhilSAT, go to the PhilSAT Online Registration page. The next PhiLSAT is scheduled on April 8, 2018.
Applicants who have taken the April 16, 2017 and September 24, 2017 PhiLSAT and obtained a cut-off score of 55% may still apply.
For more information on the PhilSAT and exemption from PhilSAT, see LEB Memorandum Order No. 7, Series of 2016 and LEB Office Order No. 2017-00-130.
- Two (2) copies of the duly accomplished UA&P JD Application Form with a 2×2 ID picture (white background) attached
- A certified true copy of the college transcript of records or an original copy of the college transcript of records with the note For Evaluation (2 copies)
- Proof of payment of application fee (see Application Fee rates)
- For graduates
- Photocopy of the college diploma
- Certificate showing completion of at least 18 units of English, 18 units of Social Sciences, 6 units of Math, and 3 units of Rizal in the pre-law course
- For graduating students
- Certificate of candidacy for graduation from their Registrar
- Certificate showing completion of at least 18 units of English, 18 units of Social Sciences, 6 units of Math, and 3 units of Rizal in the pre-law course which must be submitted prior to enrollment
For applicants who passed the 16 April 2017 and 24 September 2017 PhiLSAT:
For applicants exempted to take the PhiLSAT:
- Certificate of Exemption from PhiLSAT released by the LEB
For applicants who will take the 8 April 2018 PhiLSAT:
- Proof of registration for the 8 April 2018 PhiLSAT
- Email confirmation from CEM-PhiLSAT, or
- Proof of payment i.e. payment confirmation for payments made via credit card, CEM official receipt
Applications may be filed anytime with the Institute of Law. The deadline for submission for the first batch of interviewees is 17 March 2018. Only applicants who passed the September 24, 2017 PhiLSAT and with complete documentary requirements will be scheduled for the interview. Complete applications submitted on or before March 17 by those registered for the April 8, 2018 PhiLSAT may still be received by the Institute of Law. The interview, however, will only be scheduled upon receipt of the applicant’s PhiLSAT Certificate of Eligibility.
Application Fee rates:
PhiLSAT of 55-59: Php 800.00
PhilSAT of 60 or higher: Php 500.00
Honor graduates within five (5) years from graduation from their prelaw course, UA&P scholars: Free
- Submit complete application requirements to the Institute of Law, School of Law and Governance, 7th Floor APEC Communications Building for evaluation by a school representative
- Once the requirements are evaluated and verified as complete, an application certificate will be released by a school representative indicating the application fee to be paid.*
- Present the application certificate to the Accounting Office, 2nd Floor, College of Arts and Sciences Building. After payment, keep the application certificate.
- Present the official receipt (proof of payment of application fee) to the Institute of Law representative for filing with the rest of your application requirements and have your application certificate signed by the representative. This will serve as proof of submission of complete application requirements.
All applicants to the UA&P Institute of Law will go through the qualifying interview. Schedules of the interview will be sent to the email addresses indicated in your application form. Applicants will be allowed to re-schedule only once.
Admitted applicants must submit the following for enrollment:
- Original copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (containing PhiLSAT score/rating) for the Law School
- Official Transcript of Records (original) with Copy for UA&P remarks
- Certificate of Transfer Eligibility or Honorable Dismissal (original and photocopy)
- Duly executed and notarized Affidavit of Fraternity/Sorority Non-Membership Form (available at SLG office)
Additional documentary requirements:
- For those admitted with conditions: Waiver (available at SLG office)
- For those applying for scholarship: Scholarship Application Form and supporting documents (see Scholarships)
- Applicants for transfer are treated like all other applicants to the 4-year JD program. They have to pass all the qualification requirements for admission, including PhilSAT, interview and GWA of at least 80% or its equivalent in the undergraduate course.
- In addition, applicants have to submit a Certificate of honorable dismissal from the previous law school(s) together with the duly filled-up Application Form. Without this Certificate, the applicants cannot proceed with their applications or if applications are nonetheless submitted, the SLG cannot proceed with the evaluation thereof.
- If the applicants pass the qualifications for admission, then they will be admitted provided they start from first (1st ) year and take up all the law subjects based on SLG curriculum.
- Applications for transfer to second (2nd) year may only be entertained based on exceptionally meritorious reasons. Only upon determination by the Operations Committee of the School of Law and Governance of these exceptionally meritorious reasons may the applicants proceed with their applications. In any case, all the usual qualifications and requirements for admission will apply in the evaluation of the applications. In addition, the applications for accreditation of subjects taken in the previous law school, together with the course descriptions, should be received at least two (2) weeks prior to the start of the classes. Applications of this nature will only be considered during the first semester of the academic year. They are considered exceptions to the general policy and will be carefully considered and scrutinized.
- No applications for transfer to 3rd year and 4th year will be entertained.
Scholarships are either granted outright or upon application. Click here for the application form.
Honor graduates in the pre-law course who apply within five (5) years from graduation may receive a scholarship consisting of up to 100% tuition fee discount. Honor graduates in financial need may, in addition, receive a stipend.
Application for Scholarship
Those who do not receive outright grants may still apply for scholarship:
- General weighted average (GWA) of 2.0 in the pre-law course
- PhilSAT of at least 85
- Financial need
- Positive interview result