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. 



The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program aims to prepare local and international legal practitioners, law professors and government lawyers and judges for the increasingly cross-border, internationalized legal practice. The program will familiarize its students with the intricacies of the evolving body of regional and international law, bridging it with national legal traditions.

The program provides core subjects that provide a solid foundation in international law, followed by any of two specialization tracks:

1. Cross Border and Regional Practice
This specialization track is designed to enhance legal practitioners’ practical skills and strategies for cross-border and regional practice, particularly in Southeast Asia, as well as to introduce non-Southeast Asia foreign lawyers to cross-border and regional practice laws in the region. LLM candidates approved for this specialization track should expect problem-based and law firm-oriented practice simulations of cross-border and regional legal problems, particularly those arising from increased cross-border business transactions under the single market and production base fostered under model of integration of the ASEAN Economic Community. (Download Course List)

2. Government, Public Advocacy and Judging
This specialization track is designed for Southeast Asian government lawyers, public law advocates, legislators, and judges, seeking to deepen and broaden knowledge in crucial areas of laws and methodologies necessary for effective governmental and public policy advising, administrative regulation, law reform, national adjudication and international arbitration. It will likewise  introduce non-Southeast Asian governmental advocates, counsels, and judges to the national and regional laws and public policies driving the increasing integration and external cooperation of the ASEAN pillar communities, especially under the ASEAN Political-Security Community. LLM candidates approved for this specialization track should expect problem-based government-oriented simulations of cross-sectoral, multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, and cross-border legal situations; the incorporation of public policy, law and economics, welfare and public choice theories in legal analysis; and the adaptation of modern empirical and scientific tools for managing dispute settlement through court adjudication and international arbitration, as well as for tools for effective intergovernmental negotiations. (Download Course List)

3. Legal Academia
This specialization track is designed for current or aspiring Southeast Asian law faculty seeking to improve skills for classroom instruction, deepen theoretical foundations for law teaching, diversify pedagogical tools for legal education, develop more effective assessment techniques, and stimulate further research contributions and collaborations in their areas of expertise, and for non-Southeast Asian law faculty seeking to familiarize themselves with the hybrid norms and regional legal system of Southeast Asia emerging from ASEAN integration, and the diversification of approaches to legal education

In addition to teaching an advanced law degree, the program will run research centers with a cross-border orientation and links with industry and international academic institutions.


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 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.


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


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

Email (All inquiries) (for LLM)