These FAQs are for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program only. For more information on the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program, please refer to pages 13-17 of the college brochure (here).
1) When will the LL.M. Program begin?
The LL.M. Program begins in August of the current academic year.
If you have already been admitted to the program, please refer to the registration requirements here.
2) How long does it take to complete the LL.M. Program?
It takes at least one full academic year, comprising of two semesters and one summer session, to complete the LL.M. Program.
3) May I know the schedule of classes (hours, days) for the LL.M. Program?
The schedule of classes will vary depending on the professors teaching the course, but generally, most classes will be scheduled for after office hours on weekdays and during weekends. Visiting professors from other countries, however, may opt to deliver their courses in short intensive daily sessions as short as two to three weeks. Individual professors may also decide to offer classes during regular hours.
4) Does the LL.M. Program operate on a bi-semestral or tri-semestral basis?
The LL.M. Program operates on a regular calendar of two semesters (August to December and January to May) and one summer session (June to July). The first two semesters may be devoted to regular coursework, while the summer session will be reserved for thesis-writing and defense.
5) What should I expect of LL.M. courses?
Graduate level courses emphasize the development of analytical skills, application of advanced legal thought, and production of insightful research. Since LL.M. students are expected to be full-fledged lawyers possessed of certain competencies, courses are not going to be taught in the same way as undergraduate law courses. LL.M. courses are expected to be conducted in an environment of peer-learning and exchange, where teachers and students can learn from each other’s backgrounds and experiences and help each other achieve their respective academic goals. Graduates of the LL.M. Program are expected to become leaders in their respective fields of practice and expertise.
6) What is the minimum GWA that an LL.M. student must maintain?
In accordance with University standards, LL.M. students should maintain at least a 2.0 GWA to be able to complete the program.
7) Where will the LL.M. courses be taught?
All LL.M. courses will be taught or delivered in the University of the Philippines campus in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.
8) Is the LL.M. Program also offered in the UP Diliman Campus?
The LL.M. Program is not offered in the UP Diliman Campus at present.
9) How much will tuition and other miscellaneous fees cost?
Tuition fees are Php 15,000 (USD 295) per unit, plus miscellaneous fees of Php 2,400 (USD 47) .
10) Are scholarships and financial assistance available to take up the LL.M. Program?
Scholarships and financial assistance are available on the basis of merit and financial need. Students are requested to indicate the necessity of availing of scholarships in their application form. Qualification for scholarships will be determined separately from qualification for the LL.M. program.
11) I am a lawyer and previously took some LL.M. units and other graduate courses in another university in the Philippines. Will those courses be credited to the LL.M. Program?
LL.M. and other graduate courses taken from another Philippine university or law school, cannot be given course credit in the UP LL.M. Program.
12) I am a lawyer from a different country. Am I qualified to apply for the LL.M. Program?
Full-fledged lawyers who are not Filipino citizens and who practice law in jurisdictions outside the Philippines are qualified to apply for the LL.M. Program.
13) I am a practicing lawyer from another country. Will the LL.M. Program enable me to meet the requirements for admission to the Bar and practice of law in the Philippines?
The LL.M. Program, and courses taken under it, do not affect the applicant’s qualifications for admission to the Bar and practice of law in the Philippines. Qualifications for admission to the Bar and practice of law are governed solely by Rule 138 of the Rules of Court.
14) I have taken some training courses and seminars administered by the Philippine Judicial Academy. Will those courses and seminars be credited to the LL.M. Program?
Training courses and seminars administered by the Philippine Judicial Academy are not credited to the LL.M. Program, as the academic requirements, course content, program goals, and evaluation methods are entirely different.
15) I am a Filipino citizen with a law degree from a Philippine university; however I have not yet taken and/or passed the Bar Examinations. Am I qualified for the LL.M. Program?
Local applicants for the LL.M. Program must have been admitted to the Bar and the practice of law in the Philippines.
16) I need an LL.M. degree only so that I can qualify for promotion in my workplace. Should I take the LL.M. Program?
Admission to the LL.M. Program does not guarantee the eventual acquisition of an LL.M. degree. Applicants are expected to undertake advanced legal research and will be held to high academic and professional standards throughout their participation in the program. The program is not a steppingstone for job promotion.
17) May I send the application form and supporting documents electronically by email?
Application forms may be sent by email. However, confidential Letters of Reference must be signed, sealed, and delivered personally or by courier to the UP College of Law LL.M. Program Committee.