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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:

R. S.
◈ Studied Bachelor of laws
◈ At San Beda University
◈ Graduated 1992

list bulletWhy did I choose Laws: Every kid wants to be like their father, As for me my father is also my idol. When I knew that my father was a lawyer I said " When I grow up I want to be a lawyer just like my dad". That made me choose Bachelor of laws.

list bulletAbout my college education: The most difficult part in a bachelor of law student is that you only get limited time of sleep, you can call yourself lucky if you had a 6 hrs of bed time. When I was in San Beda most of the time I just stayed at my room studying. I have to forget my vices and sacrifice my social life just for me to have a pleasant grade. But even though it was concussive I was still eager and determined to finish it.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a lawyer and a Philippine Supreme Court professor. I mostly travel to places and give lectures to professors, lawyers, directors, and judges.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, All the lessons and the knowledge that I have acquired during my college days are being well applied in my current job as a lawyer. By using the "SOFA" method, having a determined manner, and always paying attention to what is important made me a great lawyer today.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Back then I wasn’t really thinking of getting a job immediately, I was just focusing on graduating. 1 month before my graduation date a family friend was already offering me a job at their law firm. I could say that It didn't take me too long to look for a job, It felt like the job was looking for me instead.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Laws: Absolutely yes, I'll give reasons why one should take Bachelor of laws and become a lawyer. The flexibility of work, we lawyers make our own time. Earning / salary potential, lawyers are one of the highest paid people in legal industry. Working environment, we lawyers don't need to sit inside the office all day, we can finish our job even by just going outside. And lastly the opportunity to help people rich/poor with their legal problems.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: One must be very determined, passionate and a book reader to succeed in this course because the is no such word as "ENJOY" in taking up bachelor of laws. Always remember SOFA method - Study ahead, Often do research, Find a quite place, and Always read in advance.
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