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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

Qualifications

  • 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:

J. H.
◈ Studied AB Political Science and Law
◈ At San Beda University
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: Taking up political science was fun, I became socially aware, abreast with current developments, learned to appreciate the political dynamics in our country. I excelled back in college, graduated with honors and was active in various extra curricular activities.

After college, I took up Law, it was not a walk in the park. I was exposed to my ignorance, that there were still a lot of things that I really do not know. In law school, you have to split hairs, study every night, burn the midnight oil, prepare for recitations everyday.

Skills that I've acquired in my study political science and Law are logical thinking, creative skills, comprehensive analysis, proper grammar. You can't take everything at their face value, I learned to dig dipper, analyze, fully comprehend the facts, pay attention to detail while meeting established deadlines. Also, I appreciated the socratic method in learning, with that method, I got to improve memorization skills and argumentation skills.

list bulletMy current job: Lawyer

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Definitely, I've developed logical skills and analytical skills. Solutions to clients problems have to be approached whollistically, from various aspects. with my education, I was able to learn how to address client problems, search for authorities, gather supporting documents, investigate, be coherent. Also, writing and oral advocacy in the law profession is an important tool in supporting a client's cause, the interpersonal/argumentation skills I learned in college and law school helped a lot.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation then bar exam. After the bar exam, I took a three month vacation, and after my vacation I started to look for work, it took me perhaps around two weeks after sending my resume.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Laws: Yes. There are only around 60,000 lawyers in the Philippines, compared to other professions, it is still a small number. Once you're a lawyer you can venture into different professions applying your legal knowledge- business, journalism, marketing, diplomacy, foreign affairs, politics, finance and the like. The salary of a lawyer at first is small, but once it would be better to get the experience first.
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