Admission Requirements for College of Law

 Admission Policies and Requirements

Admission into the Law course is governed by Section 6, Rule 138 of the Rules of Court of the Philippines, which states that:

No applicant for admission to the bar examinations shall be admitted unless he presents a certificate that he has satisfied the Secretary of Education that, before he began the study of law, he had pursued and satisfactorily completed in an authorized and recognized university or college, requiring for admission thereto the completion of a four-year high school course, the course of study prescribed therein for a bachelor’s degree in arts or sciences with any of the following subjects as major field of concentration: Political Science, Logic, English, Spanish, History and Economics.

and implementing Circular No. 46, series of 1996, of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) which provides for the following:

In accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 7722, otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994,” and to afford Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) more leeway in the determination of their curricular offerings and student eligibility requirements so that they may be able to better attune the same to local, regional and national goals progressive deregulation vis-à-vis HEIs is hereby declared a policy of the Commission. Consequently, effective Collegiate Year (CY) 1996-1997, the following functions of the Commission are hereby delegated to the HEIs concerned, to wit:

  1. Issuance of Eligibility for Admission to Higher Education Programs. Henceforth, the responsibility for and accountability of determining the eligibility of students for admission to the Law courses are hereby transferred to the concerned HEIs provided the following are met and/or observed:

a)   Law. The applicant student must be a graduate of a bachelor’s degree and must    have earned eighteen (18) units of English, six (6) units of Mathematics, and eighteen (18) units of Social Science subjects;…

Admission into the UM College of Law is determined by the Dean on the basis of the applicant’s compliance with the applicable law and scholastic ability as manifested in a written examination and an oral interview.

The College of Law admits qualified students of any age, sex, religion, or educational background.

In addition, the following policies govern the admission into the College of Law:

New Students

An applicant for admission to the law course is required to take the Law Entrance Examination (LEX). The LEX is administered by the Office of the Dean to all applicants in line with the need to maintain the quality of the students admitted into the College of Law. A minimal exam fee is collected upon every applicant and the tests are held from March until June for First Semester and from October until first week of November for Second Semester.

The applicant must submit the following:

  1. Official Transcript of Records (one (1) original or certified photocopy);
  2. Certificate of Good Moral Character (issued by the last school attended);
  3. NSO Birth Certificate;
  4. Certificate of Transfer Credentials (Honorable Dismissal) from the former school, and three (3) copies of 2X2 recent photo.

Transfer Students

Admission of transfer students from other law schools shall be decided on a case to case basis by the Dean based on the applicant’s credentials and personal qualifications and subject to appropriate conditions.

The transfer student must submit the following:

  1. Certificate of Transfer of Credentials (Honorable Dismissal) from the former school;
  2. Certificate of Grades;
  3. Certificate of Good Moral Character;
  4. NSO Birth Certificate;
  5. Certificate of Eligibility for Admission into the Law Course (Form C-1), if the applicant has previously obtained such certification from his former school; and
  6. Three (3) copies 2X2 recent photo.

Cross-Enrollment

The College allows cross-enrolment to another school in recognition of the academic freedom of the students. In like manner, she entertains the cross-enrollment of students from other institutions.

Students are not allowed to cross-enroll to another school except in meritorious cases as determined by the Dean as follows:

  1. If the subjects are not offered in the College; and
  2. If the subjects are offered, but their schedule conflicts with the student’s other  classes.

ADVANCE STANDING

            Admission to advance standing in any of the college will be granted to students who have completed in another school fifty percent or less, of the required units for graduation. (Special cases may be referred to the Dean or Head of the Department concerned and/or the Commission on Higher Education for approval).

SPECIAL STUDENTS

Students who wish to take special courses under some professors in the university, after having offered evidence of their ability and academic preparation, must secure permission from the Dean of the College in which the students will register, and from the professor of the course for which they are registering.

Special students will not be given final examination in the course for which they have registered and upon registration, are required to sign a waiver to this effect. They will be subject to the same disciplinary and academic regulations as other students, and will pay the usual college registration fee in addition to the fee for each registered course and the incidental fees.

Subsequent compliance with entrance requirements, after the special course have been taken, will not validate the work done by the student while enrolled under the above conditions.