The University reserves the right not to accept any applicant whose qualifications do not meet the standards and requirements of the UC School of Law. These academic policies are also subject to the minimum requirements prescribed by the Legal Education Board.
Every prospective law student must enroll during the prescribed registration period. Detailed instructions on enrollment procedures are found in the relevant enrollment form and are posted on the UC School of Law bulletin board during enrollment period. enrollment is generally not allowed if the necessary credentials are incomplete. enrollment by proxy is also not allowed.
A bona fide law student of the University is one who is duly enrolled – that is, one who has submitted his or her valid credentials, attended classes, and paid his or her fees or made arrangement for payment with the University’s Accounting Department.
CHANGING OF SUBJECTS. During the enrollment period, a law student may, with the approval of the Dean, change subjects or program. Changes, however, are not permitted after the close of the official enrollment period.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SUBJECTS AND PROGRAM. A law student may officially withdraw from his or her subject, even after the close of the enrollment period, upon recommendation by the Dean and with the approval of the Registrar. Withdrawal from subjects is generally not allowed after the midterm examination.
Since failure to officially withdraw when a law student stops attending class results in a grade of Dropped (DR), law students who are contemplating withdrawal from subjects should first consult with the Office of the Dean of School of Law concerning the withdrawal procedure.
Approval for withdrawal shall not be allowed in the following cases:
- If the application is submitted during or after the midterm examination period; or
- If the accumulated number of absences from class takes up 20% of the officially scheduled number of classes.
DROPPING FROM CLASS. Generally, a law student who accumulates at least 20% absences out of the total number of periods/hours of a subject in a semester shall be automatically given a “DR” or “Dropped” in the class record and in the grade sheet.
CROSS-ENROLLMENT. Cross-enrollment is discouraged. However, for valid reasons as determined by and with the written consent of the Dean of the School of Law, and approval of the University Registrar, a law student may be permitted to cross enroll in another law school only if:
- The subject is not offered at the UC School of Law, is not a Bar Exam subject, or a failed subject at the UC School of Law;
- The applicant is a candidate for graduation during the school year and the course is not offered during that school year in the college or is in conflict with the other subjects;
- The applicant has an average grade of 2.5 during the term immediately preceding the term when cross enrollment is applied for;
- The maximum number of units for which cross-enrollment is ordinarily permitted is six (6) units during the summer term; and
- The student must pass the validating test to be given by the UC School of Law for the cross-enrolled subjects to be credited by the University.
Violation of this rule may cancel the law student’s right to credit for work done in either school or both.
WITHDRAWAL OF ENROLLMENT. A student who will withdraw his enrollment shall fill in a Withdrawal Form and attach his or her study load and student copy of the enrollment form. If the withdrawal is by proxy, the student must present a notarized written authority executed by the enrolled student granting the authority in favor of his or her proxy. The notarized written authority must state the name, address of the proxy, and bear the signatures of both.
STUDENT LOAD. The normal semestral study load is ordinarily prescribed by the School of Law curriculum in which the law student is enrolled. A law student is considered “full time” or carrying a full-load when he or she carries all the subjects prescribed for his or her program during a relevant semester.
ADVANCED SUBJECTS AND BACK SUBJECTS. As a general rule, a law student shall not be permitted to take any advanced subject until he or she has satisfactorily passed the prerequisite subject or subjects. However, the Dean, in his discretion, may allow a student to simultaneously enroll in prerequisite and advanced classes under any of the following circumstances:
- When the prerequisite subject is a repeated subject;
- When the student has superior scholastic standing;
- When the student is graduating at the end of the school year; and
- When the Dean, upon recommendation of the professor concerned, satisfies himself or herself that the student is available to take the prerequisite subject and the subject of which the other subject is a prerequisite simultaneously.
EXCESS OR OVERLOAD. At the discretion of the Dean, a graduating student may be allowed additional subject-loads of not more than six (6) academic units in excess of the normal load prescribed in the curriculum of the School of Law.
During the summer period, a law student may carry a maximum of nine (9) units with no overload whatsoever.
ABSENCES FROM CLASS.The maximum number of permitted absences from class should not exceed 20% of the prescribed number of class period for a relevant course or subject.
1. TWO-FAILURE RULE. The School of Law observes the two-failure rule applied to Bar Exam subjects. In case a law student obtains, for the first time, a failing grade in any Bar subject, said law student shall be considered under probation, in which case extra effort shall be exerted by him/her to perform better in his/her studies. In case a law student subsequently obtains a second failing grade in any subject, or simultaneously obtains failing grades in two or more subjects, where the total number of subject units failed, in addition to the previous one, is at least six units, said law student shall be automatically disqualified from further enrollment in the School of Law in the next semester.
The two-failure rule does not apply to freshmen law students, except transferees from other law schools, and senior law students. A law student transferee from other law schools shall be immediately covered by the two-failure rule starting in his or her first semestral study in the School of Law.
A qualified returnee or continuing law student shall automatically resume being covered by the two-failure rule, taking into consideration any previously obtained failure beyond the first semestral study.
2. The standard passing percentage in any examination, test, or quiz is 75% of the highest possible score.
Dean’s List and Academic Honors
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA). The GPA is the measure of a student’s general academic performance for a regular academic term. The GPA of a student is computed in the following manner:
1. Credit units for each subject are multiplied by the grade earned to obtain the credit point per subject. The resulting credit points for all subjects are added; and
2. The total number of credit points is then divided by the total number of credit units.
DEAN’S LIST. Outstanding scholastic achievement is recognized at the end of each semester. To qualify, a student must:
1. carry no less than the regular curriculum load for the relevant semester;
2. have a GPA of at least 1.70 with no grade below 2.50 in any subject; and
3. have no records of disciplinary action during the relevant semester.
HONOR GRADUATES. Law students may graduate with honors if they meet the following requirements:
A. Grade Requirements
Students may graduate with honors if they obtain the following GPA:
- Summa Cum Laude: 1.0-1.2 with no grade below 2.0
- Magna Cum Laude: 1.21-1.45 with no grade below 2.3
- Cum Laude: 1.46-1.70 with no grade below 2.5
Students obtaining the required GPA but disqualified due to overstaying for one (1) summer will be granted the following honors:
- Academic Excellence with First Honors: 1.0-1.2 with no grade below 2.0.
- Academic Excellence with Second Honors: 1.21-1.45 with no grade below 2.3.
- Academic Excellence with Third honors: 1.46-1.70 with no grade below 2.5.
The average is to be computed based on the final grades obtained by the student from the first semester of his or her first year until the last semester during which he or she attained a graduating status, inclusive of his or her curricular program and the grades obtained during summer enrollment, if any.
The candidate must not have 5.0, W, DR, NG or NA marks throughout the entire curricular program.
B. Residency Requirements
At the time of graduation, a candidate for Juris Doctor degree must have at least a residence of two (2) years, or no less than four (4) semesters.
To determine the residency, two (2) summers of nine (9) maximum units per summer are counted as one (1) semester; however, if a student takes summer courses totaling only a minimum of twelve (12) units but not in excess of eighteen (18) units, the load will be considered as one (1) semester.
In case of excess in residence requirements due to change in curriculum and other provisions required by the University, the Legal Education Board, and the Commission on Higher Education, such excess will not be counted against the student.
In the case of transferees, the subjects taken previously which are credited in the law student’s current course shall be converted into semesters.
The required time frame for graduation should not be more than eight (8) semesters in case of a four-year course.
C. Load Requirements
Unless otherwise directed by the University, the candidate for honors must have carried at least a minimum of eighteen (18) units per semester. However, if the candidate has enrolled in more than the minimum of eighteen (18) units per semester, he may be allowed less than eighteen (18) units during the last semester to complete his program within the time frame of not more than eight (8) semesters.
However, if a law student has taken courses, which are not requisites of the program, but are taken for enrichment purposes, then the additional semester/summers spent on these enrichment courses will be disregarded. Grades in the enrichment course will, however, be considered in the computation.
D. Behavior Requirements
A candidate must not be found guilty of any serious offense as stipulated in the relevant Law Student’s Manual. Any serious violation of the University’s rules and regulations is a ground for disqualification.