STATEMENT OF CONCERNED MEMBERS OF THE UP LAW FACULTY

Much has been already said about the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020. As concerned faculty members of the University of the Philippines College of Law, we add our voices of dissent to the growing chorus.

The words etched in marble at the lobby of Malcolm Hall proclaim that our objective is not only to teach law and make lawyers but “to teach law in the grand manner and to make great lawyers.” These are words of personhood, of purpose, of passion, defining who we are and what we are about. These are words that impel us to continue to speak out, to explain, to dissent, if necessary, and, in so doing, continue to teach generations of lawyers and advocates taught in the grand manner and form them to be great lawyers. These are words that must not remain etched only in marble but must continue to be graven in the DNA of every lawyer that we teach and train, form and mold.

And so, we say NO to the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020!

Read the full faculty statement here.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the statement (English Version) and an updated list of faculty signatories.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the statement (Filipino Version)

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UP COLLEGE OF LAW

UP COLLEGE OF LAW

UP COLLEGE OF LAW

UP COLLEGE OF LAW

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 memo 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.

UP COLLEGE OF LAW PROGRAMS

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 has been 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.

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MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) PROGRAM

Our Master of Laws (LL.M.) program will introduce legal practitioners, law professors, judges, and government counsel to the intricacies of the 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 with interacting national judicial systems under the unique ASEAN Charter-based horizontal integration.

ADMISSIONS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021 IS NOW OPEN. Visit the LL.M. Admissions Page for more details. 

JURIS DOCTOR (J.D.) PROGRAM

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 of 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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UP LAW FACULTY

The UP Law Faculty is known for its expertise in the various fields of law and is recruited by invitation to teach in the College. Policymakers call on the Faculty regularly for their 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 counsels for various parties or as amicus curiae. Two former members of the College are now sitting Justices of the present Supreme Court — Associate Justices Francis Jardeleza and Marvic M.V.F. Leonen. Judge Raul Pangalangan of the International Criminal Court also served as the faculty’s Dean. The Law Faculty is also widely published in prestigious Philippine and international journals.

Know more about the UP Law Faculty members here.

UP LAW FACULTY

 

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UP LAW STUDENTS

The UP College of Law celebrates diversity in its students. The students come from diverse academic backgrounds—political science, economics, philosophy, chemistry, biology, geodetic engineering, and medicine,  among others. 

For their extra-curricular activities, they 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. They also send a delegation to the annual Conflicts of Law, an inter-law school sports competition organized by the Association of Law Students of the Philippines.

More information on student activities and resources are available here.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship applications from qualified students for its 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 and/or 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 forPlease 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.

UP LAW ALUMNI

The UP College of Law Grand Alumni Homecoming is an event attended by approximately 600 graduates—alumni who, through the years, have established distinguished careers in government service, the judiciary, the academe, and in private practice. The host class organizes several activities to be participated in by the alumni and some friends. In addition to gathering together our alumni as part of the celebrations, these activities serve as our fundraiser to support the homecoming and our beneficiary, the non-academic personnel of the UP College of Law. The theme for 2019 is #pahinungodngUPLaw, hosted by class ’94.

Know more about the UP Law Alumni here.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Alumni Relations Office (ARO)
Phone: (+632) 8 920 5514 loc. 113
Email: alumni_law.upd@up.edu.ph

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 University of the Philippines College of Law is now accepting applicants for Academic Year 2020-2021. The LAE will be administered on 23 February 2020, Sunday. To register, visit the LAE website at: LAE.law.upd.edu.ph. Apply before 07 February 2020, Friday.  

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THE LAW CENTER

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.

CONTACT INFO

Address (UP Diliman)

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

Address (UP BGC)

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

PHONE (diliman CAMPUS)

(+632) 8 920 5514

PHONE (BGC CAMPUS)

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

Email (All inquiries)

ocs_law.upd@up.edu.ph
llm.upd@up.edu.ph (for LL.M.)

CURRENT PARTNERS
IN EDUCATION

LEGAL EDUCATION
& RESEARCH

University of the Philippines Law Center, Bocobo Hall
Magsaysay Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101 
Phone: (+632) 8 920-5514
Fax: (+632) 8 925 5855; (+632) 8 929 7137; (+632) 8 929 7156; (+632) 8 929 5854; (+632) 434-9528

Office of the Associate Dean
Phone: (+632) 8 925 5855; (+632) 8 920 5514 loc. 313 or 314
Email: oad_law.upd@up.edu.ph