College of Law
Within the framework of the basic commitment of Silliman University to the Christian faith, the College of Law aims: (1) to prepare students for a career in Law; (2) to train them for service, responsibility and leadership in the government and the private sector; (3) to instill professional growth and improvement; and (4) to produce competent, honest and dedicated lawyers motivated by the ideals of truth, justice and Christian love.In addition to other applicable University rules, the Juris Doctor (JD) is conferred upon students who have satisfied the entrance requirements and completed the full course of instruction, with a cumulative Q.P.A. of 2.3, as minimum requirement.
The College is housed in the Cornelio T. Villareal Hall, along Hibbard Avenue near the downtown area of Dumaguete City, on the idyllic Silliman campus. It has spacious classrooms, a comfortable moot court, and convenient student and faculty lounges. The Law Library is now located on the second floor of Villareal Hall, adjoining the classrooms and readily accessible to all students and faculty. It is fully airconditioned.
School Year 2021-2022
Under Legal Education Board (LEB) Memorandum Circular No. 76, Series of 2021, in lieu of the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT), law schools are mandated to administer their own substitute admission exams to individuals who wish to be admitted into the law program for academic year 2021-2022. However, since the conduct of a substitute admission exam remains difficult due to current government covid-19 health protocols, in lieu thereof, and as allowed under the said LEB memorandum circular, the Silliman University (S.U.) College of Law is implementing a retention policy for freshman students who will admitted in the coming academic year. The retention policy is stated in the S.U. College of Law Guidebook for Students, a digital copy of which will be provided to every law student upon enrollment.
While applicants are not subject to PhiLSAT and the substitute admission exam, admission to the S.U. College of Law for academic year 2021-2022 is still contingent on the following:
General Requirements for Admission to the Juris Doctor (with thesis) program – An entering law student must be a holder of a four-year Bachelor of Science or Arts or equivalent degree and must have earned at least 18 units in English, 6 units in Mathematics and 18 units in Social Science (History, Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Current Issues, etc.).
Documentary and Other Requirements – To be considered for admission, applicants shall submit the following:
a. Transcript of Records (TOR) or informative copy of records issued by school registrar if TOR is not yet available (scanned copy);
b. 90 to 120-second smartphone video clip (4k resolution or higher is not allowed) of the applicant 1) introducing and giving a background of himself/herself, and 2) identifying a value that he/she finds important in his/her life and expounding how such value has shaped or influenced him/her to be the kind of person he/she is today, citing a specific situation;
c. An original essay (saved in PDF format) written by the applicant of not more than 1,000 words. Choose one of the following topics:
I. Next year will be election year again. Propose reforms to ensure that we get the right kind of leaders necessary to ensure true development and progress for all.
II. The world continues to see the devastating effects of the pandemic on the lives and livelihood of the most vulnerable people in the world. How can you contribute to the recovery process?
The essay shall be subject to a plagiarism check.
d. Statement of good moral character from the dean or professor of the school previously attended or from a prominent member of the community who is not related to the applicant (scanned copy);
An email with the contact details (cellphone no. and residential address) of the applicant and the aforementioned requirements as attachments shall be sent within the application period to the following address: [email protected]
If the video clip can not be sent as an attachment due to file size limitations, a link to the file stored in a cloud-based system (e.g. Google Drive) shall be included in the email.
The applicant shall make himself/herself available for interview by the S.U. College of Law Admissions Committee. The interview will be conducted virtually by way of Zoom. The applicant will be informed by email and text message at least three (3) days before the date and time of the interview.
Application period is May 17 to July 15, 2021. Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications within five (5) days from the date of interview.
Online enrollment for incoming freshmen
Upon admission to the S.U. College of Law, incoming freshmen may process their enrollment in accordance with the procedure set by the Registrar’s Office.
The schedule and process for online enrollment of incoming freshmen and the date of start of classes in August will be posted in the Silliman University website: https://su.edu.ph
For additional registration/enrollment information, please access the following website: https://su.edu.ph/admissions/admission-procedures/
A limited number of scholarships are available to incoming students who graduated with honors from Silliman University within the past two (2) school years.
All enrollment-related questions shall be addressed to [email protected]
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