#UPLawHelps  is now live.

This is an online legal assistance platform conceptualized and designed to handle requests for legal assistance, legal advice and education, and if necessary, legal representation for issues arising from the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine. You may access UPLawHelps through this portal: or directly email us at

#UPLawHelps brings together the commitment, passion, expertise, resources, and networks of the entire UP Law Community — faculty, REPS, staff, students, and alumni (with a lot of friends and allies joining  in) — into one, focused effort to help our people through this pandemic.

 Sa panahon ng ligalig, buong-pusong nagkakaisa ang komunidad ng UP Law na ipagpatuloy ang paglilingkod sa sambayanan sa pamamagitan ng pagmumulat sa karapatan at pagbigay kaalaman tungkol sa mga batas at patakaran sa ilalim nitong Enhanced Community Quarantine.

UP Law helps not only because we can, but also because we must.

Professor Fides CORDERO-TAN
Dean, UP College of Law

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There is nothing more important at this time than ensuring the health and safety of our faculty, students and staff. Hence, all face-to-face and online classes of UP Law have been suspended (view the Memorandum No. FCT 2020-019 of Dean Fides Cordero-Tan) in accordance with the announcement of Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo. All students must stay at home until further notice.

Professors and students are encouraged to keep in touch online for assignments or other instructions for self-directed learning. Staff may refer to the UP Diliman announcement regarding essential duties. Please refer to our COVID-19 Response webpage for announcements, issuances, and resources. We also provide online legal aid via #UPLawHelps.


The University of the Philippines offers the following degree programs administered by the College of Law in Diliman and Bonifacio Global City:

  • Regular one-year (minimum) postgraduate program leading to a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree primarily for legal practitioners and jurists, prospective law teachers, as well as professional specialists


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UP College of Law: At the forefront of academic research and meaningful practice

The University of the Philippines College of Law is an institution known for its continuing commitment to academic excellence and service to the public. Among its graduates are Presidents, Vice Presidents, Senators, Speakers of the House and members of Congress, Justices of the Supreme Court, Cabinet Secretaries, academicians and many leaders in the different areas of the legal profession. The UP College of Law was among the first seven Colleges established after the foundation of the University of the Philippines on June 18, 1908. It marked its centennial year in 2011 as the lead unit of what is now the UP Law Complex. During its first hundred years, the transformation of the College was from a professional school offering a degree program, to a Law Complex with a triad of functions: 1) instruction, 2) research, and 3) extension service.

For more information, download our brochure here.


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Our Master of Laws (LL.M.) program will introduce legal practitioners, law professors, judges, and government counsel to the intricacies of an evolving body of ASEAN regional law and its relationship with Southeast Asian (including Philippine) national laws. The Course provides adequate preparation for an increasingly cross-border regional hybrid legal system interacting with national judicial systems under the unique ASEAN Charter-based horizontal integration. Click here for more information. 

ADMISSIONS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021 IS NOW CLOSED. Visit the LL.M. Admissions Page for updates. 


The Juris Doctor (J.D.) course entails a study of general principles and basic theories of law as an intellectual discipline, as well as a systematic and analytical examination of the specific codes and statutory enactments in force in the Philippines, together with interpretative court decisions and other pertinent materials. Closely studied are the civil law basis of most private laws of the country and the common law concept embodied in the public laws and derived particularly from Anglo-American jurisprudence. 

A qualified applicant, who passes the Law Aptitude Examination (LAE), must undergo an interview. The UP LAE is usually administered in the 2nd week of February in seven (7) testing centers (UP Diliman, UP Baguio, UP Cebu, UP Visayas, UP Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro City, Naga City). Registration starts by November.

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The UP Law Faculty is known for its expertise in the various fields of law and its members are recruited by invitation to teach in the College. Policymakers call on the Faculty regularly for its insights on pending legislation or to draft laws for congressional action. Members of the faculty litigate cases of national significance. They appear before the Supreme Court either as counsel for various parties or as amicus curiae. A former member of the College Faculty, Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, is now a sitting Justice of the present Supreme Court and Judge Raul Pangalangan serves on the International Criminal Court. Both have also served as former Deans of the College. The Law Faculty is widely published in prestigious Philippine and international journals.

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The UP College of Law celebrates diversity among its students. The students come from various academic backgrounds—political science, economics, philosophy, chemistry, biology, geodetic engineering, and medicine,  among others. For their extra-curricular activities, they can participate in inter-university debates and various international Moot Court competitions during the year. UP Law students have excelled in Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, and Red Cross (Asia-Pacific) International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition. 

What’s it like to study in UP Law? Hear it from our students.

View our Student Experience page here.


Scholarship applications from qualified students for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs are only accepted during the admissions period. Students are matched to the type of scholarship grant based on their academic standing as well as financial need. The annual application process (beginning in the Summer) will allow applicants to indicate their interest in and eligibility for scholarships. Additional information may be requested based on the type of scholarship applied for. Please watch this space for announcements.

Alternatively, for a list of external scholarships (from the UP system, government, and corporate/private sponsors), please visit the university’s Scholarships and Grants page. You may send your applications directly to the scholarship program of the University.


The UP College of Law Grand Alumni Homecoming is an annual event attended by hundreds of alumni in any given year—graduates who have, through the years, attained distinguished careers in government service, the judiciary, academe, and in private practice. The host class organizes several activities to be participated in by our law alumni and friends of the College. In addition to gathering together our alumni as part of the celebration, these activities serve as fundraiser to support the homecoming and our Alumni Association’s beneficiary: its alma mater.

Know more about the UP Law Alumni here.

The Law Aptitude Examination (LAE) consists of objective tests designed to measure certain abilities and skills necessary for the study of law. Applicants will be assessed for admissions on the basis of both the LAE results and their academic results.

The UP College of Law will be accepting applicants for Academic Year 2021-2022 soon. Please visit: for future announcements or read our FAQs – frequently asked questions here. (For the final list of LAE passers for AY 2020-2021, click here.) 

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The UP Law Center, established by Republic Act 3870, has various programs that  carry the law to the wider public in fulfilment of its mandate to raise the legal literacy level of Filipinos. Its Charter directs the institution:
  • to undertake law institutes or study programs for continuing legal education (such as the MCLE, click here to know more);
  • to undertake legal studies and researches on request from the various agencies of the government concerned with law reform, including the committees on Revision of Laws of the House of Representatives and the Senate; and
  • to undertake the publication of studies, monographs, research papers, articles, and other works or writings on law, with special emphasis on those related to its general objectives, and to distribute them at cost to government agencies, judges, lawyers, government administrators and other interested parties

For more information, download the UP Law Center brochure here.


Address (UP Diliman)

Malcolm Hall, Osmeña Avenue
University of the Philippines Diliman
Quezon City 1101 Philippines

Address (UP BGC)

University of the Philippines
Bonifacio Global City (UP BGC)
Taguig City 1634 Philippines

PHONE (diliman CAMPUS)

(+632) 8 920 5514


(+63) 916 257 1348 (Globe)
(+63) 961 172 9002 (Smart)

Email (All inquiries) (for LL.M. only)