Law

Competent, cultured, ethical, global advocates.

UA&P Law is one of the top-performing law schools in the 2018 Bar Examinations. UA&P came in fourth with a passing rate of 66.67 percent. You may view the article of Rappler here. UA&P also performed well in the 2019 Bar Examinations with 88.89 percent passing rate. UA&P has an 85.71 percent passing rate for first-time Bar Exam takers while second-time Bar Exam takers have a 100 percent passing rate.

UA&P’s Law program provides training in standard competencies expected of lawyers, such as legal reasoning and advocacy. Following worldwide trends in the field of legal education, and reinforced by its integration within UA&P’s liberal arts orientation, the Law program adopts interdisciplinary and international perspectives in producing competent, cultured and ethical lawyers.

UA&P has the following offerings for those who wish to obtain a law degree:

Juris Doctor (JD). This 4-year course in Law fulfills all government requirements for admission to the Bar. It requires previous completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Lex Honors. Open to outstanding high school graduates, this program compresses the standard pre-law course to three (3) years. Thereafter, the student can apply for admission to the Juris Doctor program, which will still require four (4) years and will follow the same curriculum (see above). The program requires a high school average of 85% in order to qualify.

JD students and those in the Lex Honors program are provided with professional and personal mentoring during their stay in UA&P.

Law Governance Team & Faculty

Law Governance Team

Dr. Jeremy Benigno I. Gatdula
Dean, Institute of Law

Atty. Diosdado B. Marasigan
Vice Dean, Institute of Law

Atty. Jesus Joel Mari D. Arzaga
Secretary, Institute of Law

 

Faculty for SY 2023-2024

Atty. Ed Vincent A. Albano, III
Atty. Irene Mae B. Alcobilla
Atty. Jesus Joel Mari D. Arzaga
Atty. Susan M. Aquino
Atty. Timoteo B. Aquino
Atty. Ma. Angela G. Butalid
Atty. Colleen I. Calleja
Atty. Emma B. Cariño-Francisco
Atty. Edmundo A. Cruz
Atty. Gabriel P. Dela Peña
Atty. Cecilio D. Duka
Atty. Vien Lawrence S. Gabato
Atty. Myra Angeli A. Gallardo-Batungbakal
Atty. George Matthew T. Habacon
Atty. Bellatrix O. Legaspi-Francisco
Atty. Dina D. Lucenario
Atty. Marianne T. Malate-Guerrero
Atty. Diosdado B. Marasigan
Atty. Ernesto S. Mascenon
Atty. Alwyn Faye B. Mendoza
Atty. Alfredo B. Molo III
Atty. Cristina A. Montes
Atty. Lester Nazarene V. Ople
Atty. Rufino L. Policarpio III
Atty. Joanne L. Ranada
Atty. Manuel R. Riguera
Atty. Serafin U. Salvador, Jr.
Atty. Joaquin E. San Diego
Atty. Voltaire G. San Pedro
Atty. Remigio A. Ukol, Jr.
Atty. Nico B. Valderrama
Atty. Aristotle O. Valera
Atty. Guadalupe Lyn P. Vergel de Dios
Atty. Christian G. Villasis
Atty. John Philip R. Yeung
Commr. Emerson B. Aquende
Comm. Gloria Victoria C. Yap-Taruc
Dean Jeremy Benigno I. Gatdula
Dean Rico Paolo R. Quicho
Dr. Allesandra Fay V. Albarico
Dr. Amado F. Maralit
Dr. Jose Maria G. Mariano
Fr. Cecilio Magsino
Judge Rosauro Angelito S. David
Judge Gener M. Gito
Judge Marlo A. Magdoza-Malagar
Judge Rowena Nieves A. Tan
Judge Ma. Josefina G. San Juan-Torres

2-Track Specialization Program (SY 2024-2025 Curriculum)

Leaner, more flexible, focused, and yet more responsive to the demands of a modern globalized Philippines – the Revised UA&P Law JD Curriculum!

Arguably the first of its kind in the country under the LEB’s new Model Curriculum, the Revised UA&P Law JD Curriculum offers to our law students two tracks of specialization to choose from: a JD Degree, with a Certificate of Specialization in Corporate Law Practice (for those intending a career in business or commercial law) or a JD Degree, with a Certificate of Specialization in Judicial Practice (for those intending to enter the Judiciary or focus in litigation work).

All this towards our goal of producing cultured, professionally competent, and ethical Filipino lawyers with a global and multidisciplinary perspective.

To view the curriculum, click here.

Important Dates

Applications for SY 2024-2025

  • First round of accepting applications – 22 January 2024 to 22 March 2024
  • Second round of accepting applications – 08 April 2024 to 17 May 2024
Enrollment Period
  • 01 July 2024 to 19 July 2024

Streamlined Application Process (SY 2024-2025)

STEP 1. Fully Accomplished Application Form & Required Documents

Click here to download a copy of the application form. Fill out the form completely, leaving no item blank (indicate “NA” if not applicable to you).

On page 4 of the application form, the applicant will find two (2) essay questions. The answer must be handwritten and must not exceed 1,000 words per question. The applicant may use a separate sheet.

Click here to download a copy of the Affidavit of Fraternity and Sorority Non-Membership.

For applicants with a bachelor’s degree, the required documents are as follows:

  1. A scanned copy of the PSA birth certificate
  2. An original or certified true copy of the College Transcript of Records (TOR)
  3. General Weighted Average (GWA) as computed and certified by the applicant’s School Registrar
  4. Affidavit of Fraternity and Sorority Non-Membership

For applicants yet to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, the required documents are as follows:

  1. A scanned copy of the PSA birth certificate
  2. Certification from the applicant’s School Registrar that he/she is a candidate for graduation for the current academic year
  3. Latest official Transcript of Records (TOR)
  4. General Weighted Average (GWA) as computed and certified by the applicant’s School Registrar
  5. Affidavit of Fraternity and Sorority Non-Membership

ImportantA successful applicant must be a bachelor’s degree holder at the time of enrollment. 

Note: Application form and other documents should be labeled using the format below:

          Last Name (space) First Name – Type of Document
          Example: Santos Juan – TOR

Submit the soft copy of the accomplished application form together with all the required documents to [email protected]. Incomplete forms and/or documents will not be processed.

Scholars and transferees are requested to submit additional documents listed in the tab below.


STEP 2. Payment

Application Fees

  • Valedictorian or Salutatorian graduates: PhP 1,500.00
  • Other graduates: PhP 2,000.00

Once payment has been made, send your proof of payment to [email protected] and CC [email protected]Applications with no proof of payment will not be processed.

Note: Application fees are non-refundable.

Payment may be through fund transfer or OTC payment:

BPI Peso Current Account
Account Name: University of Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 0201041473

Unionbank Peso Current Account
Account Name: University of Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 000880021287


STEP 3. Qualifying Interview

Once application fee payment has been acknowledged, the applicant will be invited to a qualifying interview based on a favorable assessment of the submitted documents. The applicant will be notified of the status of the application through email.

For further information, you may contact UA&P Law at [email protected].

Additional Documents for Scholars

The grants that are available for scholars are Financial Assistance and Academic Merit.

Students that are granted Financial Assistance may need to render hours of service to the University through deliverables, while those given scholarships because of Academic Merit will need to maintain a certain General Weighted Average (GWA) per semester.

Application Procedure for Scholarship Grants (SY 2024-2025)

Application for scholarship grant may be filed and submitted simultaneously with the application for admission.

1. Fully accomplished Scholarship Application Form

2. Cover letter summarizing the reasons in support of the application for scholarship

3. Academic essay on an intended research/thesis in no more than 1,000 words. Include a broad background and the problem you wish to address.

4. Sketch of residence showing directions from UA&P and landmarks

5. Three 3R size photos of permanent residence showing major parts of the house (1 photo of complete view of the house, 1 photo of the kitchen, and 1 photo of the dining area).

6. Original copy of Billing Statement of the last 3 months (phone/water/electric bills/credit cards)

7. Certification from current employer of annual salaries and benefits of the applicant, applicant’s parents, or siblings who contribute to family income – submitted copy must always be original.

8. Clear photocopy of the most recent Income Tax Return (Proof of Income) of each parent indicating the tax withheld on compensation of the previous year.

For parents or guardians who are not employed or not filing any taxes, please submit a CERTIFICATE OF NON-FILING OF TAX issued by the BIR Office.

Important: Only the applications of those who have qualified for admission will be considered for scholarship grants.

Additional Documents for Transferees

For transferees, the required documents are as follows:

    1. Certified copy of grades or transcript of records from last law school attended
    2. Transfer Credentials / Honorable Dismissal
    3. Original copy of the college Transcript of Records

Schedule of Fees (SY 2024-2025)

For your reference, you may view the Schedule of Fees for SY 2023-2024 here.

Enrollment Procedure for Accepted Applicants (SY 2024-2025)

1. Submit soft copies of Birth Certificate and Honorable Dismissal / Transfer Credentials to [email protected]. Deadline of submission of HDTC is 26 July 2024.

  • Transferees and those who completed their bachelor’s degree or master’s degree at a different university are required to submit the HDTC. Current UA&P undergraduate students and graduate program students do not need to submit this document.
  • Applicant must submit all original hard copies of their Transcript of Records, General Weighted Average, and HDTC at least before classes in August start. For the Birth Certificate, a photocopy is acceptable.

2. Send personal email address to [email protected]. Applicant’s student portal will be created and log-in credentials will be sent to the personal email provided.

  • UA&P students will remain using their existing student number, provided that Juris Doctor is their 2nd program in UA&P.
  • Those who previously started a different program in UA&P  but were unable to finish, will be assigned a new student number.

3. Request the Schedule of Fees for SY 2024-2025 from [email protected], and inform UA&P Law admin of the chosen payment scheme.

4. UA&P Law admin will enlist the students’ subjects. Once student has access to the student portal, and the enlisted courses are reflected, they may proceed to payment.

Option 1: BPI ONLINE PAYMENT
Through the Empowered portal
1. Log on to the student portal
2. Click the BPI Online Payment button

Option 2: BPI BILLS PAYMENT
Account Number: 0201-0511-85
Biller Name: UAPFOUNDINC
Biller Code: UAPFI
Reference Number: 6-digit student number
PAYMENT via Internet/Mobile App

Option 3: UBP BILLS PAYMENT
Account Number: 0008-8002-1287
Biller Name: UNIVERSITY OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC FOUNDATION INC
Reference Number: 6-digit student number
PAYMENT via Internet/Mobile App
PAYMENT via OVER the COUNTER at any UBP Branch: Go to the nearest UBP branch and secure a Bills Payment form.

Option 4: BPI OVER THE COUNTER BILLS PAYMENT (Deposit/Payment/Bills Purchase Form)
Account Number: 0201-0511-85
Account Name: UAPFI
Reference Number: 6-digit student number
Payor/Subscriber Name: NAME OF THE STUDENT

Option 5: BANK TRANSFER
Account Name: University of Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc.
BPI Peso Current Account: Account Number: 0201-0414-73
Unionbank Peso Current Account: Account Number: 0008-8002-1287
Maximum daily transaction is up to P50,000 only. Multiple bank transfers may be required.

5. Once payment has been made, please send an email to [email protected] to be given the Google Sheets link wherein the proof of payment will be uploaded. Admin will then send the student the manual on how they will be able to upload the proof of payment onto the portal.

Follow the following format when uploading the file:
Photo File Name: Last Name (space) First Name – JD SY23-24 – Early Bird / Scheme A/B/C / Academic/Financial Scholar __% – Scheme A/B/C

Example:

  • Santos Juan – JD SY23-24 Early Bird
  • Santos Juan – JD SY23-24 Scheme A
  • Santos Juan – JD SY23-24 Academic Scholar 50% – Scheme B

Note: Please be informed that there will be a nonrefundable tuition deposit fee of PhP 10,000.00 if the student chooses to withdraw from the program.

6. Upload proof of payment to the EmpowerED dashboard.

UA&P Law Student Care Program

For further details on the different financial aid programs, please email [email protected].

F.A.Q.s

Where is UA&P Law located?
UA&P Law is located in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Are you accepting new students?
The first round of accepting applications will start on 22 January 2024 and end on 22 March 2024. The second round will start on 08 April 2024 and end on 17 May 2024.

Are you accepting transferees?
Except in highly exceptional circumstances, those wishing to transfer to UA&P Law’s Juris Doctor Program would have to start again from 1st year.

So the units I have earned won’t be credited?
Except in highly exceptional circumstances, UA&P Law does not credits units earned in other schools by transferees.

Will the qualifying interview be held face-to-face or online?
The qualifying interview will take place onsite on UA&P campus. Designated date, time, and venue will be emailed to the applicant.

When will classes start? Are classes online, face-to-face, or hybrid?
Classes will start in August. For now, the direction of the University is to go for face-to-face classes next school year.

Do you have a night program for working students?
Majority of the classes for UA&P Law’s Juris Doctor Program are held starting 5:30 pm and may end no later than 9:30 pm during weekdays to accommodate students who are working, while classes on Saturdays usually start in the morning and end by late afternoon.

How much is the tuition fee?
Our tuition fee rates are of levels usually for a top tier law school in Metro Manila or the country. An as discussed below, we offer financial assistant in the form of scholarships or grants to qualified students.

What are the scholarships that are available?
The grants that are available for scholars are Financial Assistance and Academic Merit. Students that are granted Financial Assistance may need to render hours of service to the University through deliverables and maintain a certain General Weighted Average per semester, while those given scholarships because of Academic Merit just need to maintain a certain General Weighed Average per semester.

Do you offer law refresher courses?
As of now, UA&P Law does not offer law refresher courses.

Should the application form be submitted through email or to the admission office?
The applicant may submit the application form along with the required documents to our email at [email protected].

Get in touch

Address

Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605, Philippines

 

Contact

Phone: (632) 8637-0912 to 26
E-mail: [email protected]