LL.M. and bar exam in the Philippines


smidget
Hi everybody,
I currently think about doing an LL.M. in the Philippines. I will pursue a General LL.M. at one of the excellent law schools:
1. Ateneo de Manila Law School
2. San Beda College of Law
3. University of the Philippines College of Law
4. Ateneo de Davao College of Law
5. University of San Carlos College of Law

Will it be possible to sit for the bar exam afterwards as a European and if yes how is the procedure?
Hi everybody,
I currently think about doing an LL.M. in the Philippines. I will pursue a General LL.M. at one of the excellent law schools:
1. Ateneo de Manila Law School
2. San Beda College of Law
3. University of the Philippines College of Law
4. Ateneo de Davao College of Law
5. University of San Carlos College of Law

Will it be possible to sit for the bar exam afterwards as a European and if yes how is the procedure?
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Jayke
Hi smidget, In the Philippines the supreme court regulates admission to the bar. Examination generally takes place in the months of September, October or November.
To apply you need undergraduate education (4 years); an LLM is not obligationary. By taking the Philippine bar exam you are admitted to the bar which generally is followed by legal practice and continuing legal education.
Hope this answers your question.
Hi smidget, In the Philippines the supreme court regulates admission to the bar. Examination generally takes place in the months of September, October or November.
To apply you need undergraduate education (4 years); an LLM is not obligationary. By taking the Philippine bar exam you are admitted to the bar which generally is followed by legal practice and continuing legal education.
Hope this answers your question.
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smidget
Thanks Jayke. I have pursued an LL.B. in London and now plan to proceed with an LL.M. Is that sufficient to sit the bar?
Thanks Jayke. I have pursued an LL.B. in London and now plan to proceed with an LL.M. Is that sufficient to sit the bar?
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Jayke
Hi smidget, Your LL.B. is the most important academic qualification to be admitted to the practise of law in the Philippines. An LL.M. can elevate your standing in academic settings as a lawyer though it is not a "must".
Hi smidget, Your LL.B. is the most important academic qualification to be admitted to the practise of law in the Philippines. An LL.M. can elevate your standing in academic settings as a lawyer though it is not a "must".
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Jayke
Hi everybody,
I currently think about doing an LL.M. in the Philippines. I will pursue a General LL.M. at one of the excellent law schools:
1. Ateneo de Manila Law School
2. San Beda College of Law
3. University of the Philippines College of Law
4. Ateneo de Davao College of Law
5. University of San Carlos College of Law

Will it be possible to sit for the bar exam afterwards as a European and if yes how is the procedure?

Hi smidget,

Although you have a LLB I believe that you cannot sit the Philippine Bar exam. Graduates of law schools from other countries must obtain a law degree from the Philippines to qualify for the Philippine Bar.
Some Filipino who are foreign law graduates were allowed to take the Bar exam provided they fullfilled some prerequisites. I doubt you will have the same chance as a foreigner.
<blockquote>Hi everybody,
I currently think about doing an LL.M. in the Philippines. I will pursue a General LL.M. at one of the excellent law schools:
1. Ateneo de Manila Law School
2. San Beda College of Law
3. University of the Philippines College of Law
4. Ateneo de Davao College of Law
5. University of San Carlos College of Law

Will it be possible to sit for the bar exam afterwards as a European and if yes how is the procedure?</blockquote>
Hi smidget,

Although you have a LLB I believe that you cannot sit the Philippine Bar exam. Graduates of law schools from other countries must obtain a law degree from the Philippines to qualify for the Philippine Bar.
Some Filipino who are foreign law graduates were allowed to take the Bar exam provided they fullfilled some prerequisites. I doubt you will have the same chance as a foreigner.
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smidget
Thanks Jayke. What a shame!
Thanks Jayke. What a shame!
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Unfortunately, only Filipino citizens can practice law in the Philippines. In addition, the Philippine bar exam is reputed to be quite difficult with only 18.82% of the bar examinees passing in the recent examination.

For purposes of an LLM, the top three law schools here are University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo Law School, and San Beda College of Law. UP's LLM program is currently not being offered, I believe. That leaves Ateneo and San Beda. Ateneo has a higher academic rank than San Beda though.
Unfortunately, only Filipino citizens can practice law in the Philippines. In addition, the Philippine bar exam is reputed to be quite difficult with only 18.82% of the bar examinees passing in the recent examination.

For purposes of an LLM, the top three law schools here are University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo Law School, and San Beda College of Law. UP's LLM program is currently not being offered, I believe. That leaves Ateneo and San Beda. Ateneo has a higher academic rank than San Beda though.
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robrealjr
Hi Smidget. Under a new rule (since 2010 under B.M. No. 1153), graduating from a Philippine law school is no longer a requirement. It is still a requirement though that you are a Filipino citizen. With the ASEAN integration though, there might be a relaxation of this rule soon (hopefully).
Hi Smidget. Under a new rule (since 2010 under B.M. No. 1153), graduating from a Philippine law school is no longer a requirement. It is still a requirement though that you are a Filipino citizen. With the ASEAN integration though, there might be a relaxation of this rule soon (hopefully).
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