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Law studies in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) is a four-year graduate program designed to help students become lawyers. The first two years of the Bachelor of Laws program are spent in rigorous classroom discussions, oral recitations, case study analysis, and debates. During junior and senior years law students will undergo an extensive apprenticeship in a duly recognized law firm, a research court apprenticeship and an on the job training in a government agency or a public legal assistance agency.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Laws should have a pre-law undergraduate degree like Political Science, Philosophy, English, Economics, or History. However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program may still apply for the program.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Civil

  • Political

  • Labor

  • Criminal

  • Commercial

  • International 

  • Tax and Remedial laws

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the Bachelor of Laws may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses.

  • The student must pass the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT)

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specializations

  • Constitutional Law

  • Criminal Law

  • Business Law

  • Labor Law

  • Civil Law

  • Tax Law

  • Family Law

  • Environmental Law

Program Outcome

Graduates of Bachelor of Laws are expected to be able to:

  • Have in-depth knowledge of legal matters, policy, theories, and case studies

  • Practice expertise in law

  • Construct and defend an argument in a persuasive manner

  • Show professional communication skills both oral and written

  • Draft legal documents appropriately

Board Exam

To be a lawyer in the Philippines, a graduate of Bachelor of Laws needs to pass the Philippine Bar Examination conducted by the Supreme Court of the Philippine under the Supreme Court Bar Examination Committee.

Career Opportunities


Graduates of Bachelor of Laws may pursue a career path in the legal sector as a staff attorney, corporation counsel, corporate lawyer, tax lawyer, criminal defense attorney, notary public, civil rights attorney, or a private practice attorney.

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Reviews of Bachelor of Laws graduates:

B. P.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Laws
◈ At Ateneo de Manila University
◈ Graduated 1992

list bulletWhy did I choose Laws: My father was a lawyer. He handled high positions in the judiciary. I admired him and I wanted to follow his footsteps so I chose to study law. The study of laws pervade almost all transactions and relations between peoples and governments in the world. Civilized societies are more governed not by men but, rather, by the laws of the land. Its scope is all-embracing.

list bulletAbout my college education: Remedial law and Taxation are considered as the “killer subjects”, which means that the chance of failing them is greater. Nevertheless, I passed them with flying colors.

The elimination policy is strictly enforced at Ateneo De Manila University. Only the fittest survive. Most of the students do not reach the 4th year level. Only those who consistently persevere and doggedly study up to the wee hours of the morning has a chance to succeed in this school.

Before a student of law is given the blessing to graduate in this school, he is required to submit a thesis It is like a doctoral dissertation of a legal issue. By making this thesis, a student is trained to elucidate and argue the merits of a case.

After graduation, the student has to make the 5-month review of the 8 Bar subjects, and take the Bar exams for 4 Sundays. But, if one has the ambition, the drive, and a lot of balls, then this course is worth considering.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a lawyer both in the Philippines and in California, U.S.A. I took my Philippine Bar exams in 1992 and my California Bar exams, after self-studying, in 2006. By God’s grace, I passed the two Bar exams. I am now practicing in the State of California while specializing in U.S. Immigration laws.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In my current job and profession, I always remind myself that I have to be accurate and convincing in all of my arguments and pleadings in order to have a better chance of winning a case. Furthermore, a graduate of laws or a lawyer is obliged to do his work with due regard to fairness and justice.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Immediately after graduation, I worked in a prestigious law office in Makati City. I handled corporate matters.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Laws: I would definitely recommend this course to anyone because he or she will have an advantage in being employed in the government, in the law offices, or in private companies. One can earn in pesos in the Philippines or dollars in the U.S.A. It really depends on the student.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Taking up the law course is not an ordinary and easy matter. It is a long and arduous journey. It demands a lot of one’s patience and cerebral stamina to pursue this challenge to it's successful conclusion.
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