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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 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.

THE ADMISSION PROCESS FOR AY 2019-2020 IS NOW CLOSED. Kindly wait for further announcements on AY 2020-2021.

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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.

LL.M. Program Overview

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program of the UP College of Law seeks to attract candidates from various legal backgrounds and experiences, particularly those who are interested in specializing in Cross-Border and Regional Practice and Government, Public Advocacy and Judging. Candidates of the program must successfully obtain 24 units for a period of at least one academic calendar year.

The LLM 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 summer session will be reserved for thesis-writing and defense.

What should I expect of LLM courses?

Graduate level courses emphasize the development of analytical skills, application of advanced legal thought, and production of insightful research. Since LLM 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. LLM 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 LLM Program are expected to become recognized leaders in their respective fields of practice and expertise.

The UP College of Law is currently accepting scholarship applications from qualified LL.M. students.

We match the students to the scholarship based on their academic standing and financial need. The application process 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 more details.

UP College of 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. Policy makers 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. The LL.M. Program has also secured commitments from visiting professors and international scholars to teach specialized subjects.

Address (UP Diliman)

University of the Philippines College of Law
LL.M. Program Committee, Malcolm Hall
Roxas Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101

Address (UP BGC)

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

Email (All inquiries)

PHONE (diliman CAMPUS)

(+63 2) 920 5514


(+63) 945 2997304 (Globe)
(+63) 961-172-9002 (Smart)

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