Doctor of Civil Law

Doctor of Civil Law

Offered by the Graduate School of Law


Becoming Part of the Program


The University of Santo Tomas, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined by faith, dedicates herself to the generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.

I am a Thomasian. I carry the SEAL of Thomasian education. I am a Servant leader, an Effective communicator and collaborator, an Analytical and creative thinker, and a Lifelong learner. With Christ at the center of my formation as a Thomasian, I am expected to demonstrate the following Thomasian Graduate Attributes (ThoGAs): 


  • Show leadership abilities to promote advocacies for life, freedom, justice, and solidarity in the service of the family, the local and global communities, the Church, and the environment. 
  • Implement relevant projects and activities that speak of Christian compassion to the poor and the marginalized in order to raise their quality of life. 
  • Show respect for the human person, regardless of race, religion, age, and gender. 


  • Express myself clearly, correctly, and confidently in various environments, contexts, and technologies of human interaction.
  • Work productively with individuals or groups from diverse cultures and demographics. 
  • Show profound respect for individual differences and/or uniqueness as members of God’s creation. 


  • Show judiciousness and resourcefulness in making personal and professional decisions. 
  • Engage in research undertakings that respond to societal issues. 
  • Express personal and professional insights through an ethical and evidence-based approach. 


  • Engage in reflective practice to ensure disciplinal relevance and professional development. 
  • Exhibit preparedness and interest for continuous upgrading of competencies required by the profession or area of specialization. 
  • Manifest fidelity to the teachings of Christ, mediated by the Catholic Church, in the continuous deepening of faith and spirituality in dealing with new life situations and challenges. 

Becoming Part of the Program

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Enrollment Requirements for Doctor of Laws program of the Graduate School of Law:
  1. Original Copy of Transcript of Record
  2. Honorable Dismissal 
  3. Resume with Picture
  4. Cover Letter Address to Atty. Maria Liza Lopez-Rosario, DCL, Dean - UST Graduate School of Law
  5.  Essay. (Write about your intended research in no less than 500 words.) 

Downloadable Forms: 

Graduate School of Law Application Form

Personal Data Sheet Page 1

Personal Data Sheet Page 2

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Program Curriculum

PHL 821 - Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
An expository course of the essential philosophical teachings of the Angelic Doctor organized around the 24 fundamental theses of Thomism against the background of St. Thomas Aquinas’ successful synthesis of Scholastic Philosophy, Biblical, and Catholic Tradition and Aristotelian Method.


PHL 822 - Philosophy of Human Person
An analytical study of contemporary Christian critique and synthesis of modern and contemporary philosophies of man, with a background of philosophies of man from Ancient Greece, India, and China.


PHL 823 - Philosophy of Values
A survey exposition of the moral philosophies dating back from Socrates, Buddha, and Confucius to contemporary moral philosophies around a reflective critique of these in the light of contemporary Catholic moral thought.

LAW 801 - Estate Planning 
This course is design to introduce the importance of estate planning as a tax-saving device. It includes the study of transfer taxes; the use of wills, trusts, gifts, and life insurance as tools of saving taxes; study of the problems of a business especially of closely held corporations; administrator of the estate; and some social problems such as second marriages and the children, incompetents, etc.


LAW 802 - Insurance Law of the Philippines
It is an in-depth study of the Insurance Law of the Philippines (Life, Accident, Health, etc.) and its amendments. It includes a comparative study of the insurance laws of the Philippines with other Asian countries.


LAW 803 - International Business and Economic Laws
This course aims to deepen the knowledge and understanding of students of the business laws with an opportunity to study substantial laws like the Omnibus Investment Act, Export Processing Zone Authority, Anti-Piracy Laws and Practices and recent jurisprudence affecting International business and economy, including the issues of contemporary legal significance that are being determined by the World Trade Organizations including the trade treaties entered into by our country.

The tax aspects, including tax treaties, and incentives are given to investors in the Philippines especially those with businesses in the different economic zones will be covered.


LAW 804 - Criminal Justice
It is a critical and analytical study of the constitutional and statutory rights of the accused and those under investigation by the different agencies like the NBI, CIDG, the Ombudsman, the Prosecution Office, etc. Criminal Procedure; Evidence in Civil and Military Courts, circumstances affecting criminal liability and the five pillars of the Criminal Justice System and the role of each in decongesting the dockets of the court.


LAW 805 - Administrative Law Reform
This course deals with the principles and concepts of administrative machinery and proposed Codes of Crimes; detention and rehabilitation of prisoners, and suggested reforms.


LAW 806 - Constitutional Law Reform and Bill of Rights
This course deals on an exhaustive study of the powers of the Legislature, Executive and the Judicial branches of the government and the Independent Constitutional Commissions operating on the principles of separation of powers and of checks and balances and if reforms are to be introduced, students should write Congress about said amendments.

It also focuses on the rights guaranteed by the constitution classified into civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights enumerated in Articles III and IV of the constitution and if amendments be proper, congress should likewise be informed.


LAW 807 - Church and State Relations
It emphasizes the principles of Church and State relations; common problems particularly relating to marriage annulment, divorce, legal separation, population control, education, religious freedom, and temporalities.


LAW 808 - Civil Law Reform and the Family Code 
This is a critical and analytical study of the controversial provisions of the Civil Code of the Philippines and the Family Code in the light of changing conditions and to introduce possible reforms or amendments in both laws. It will also dwell on the several amendments of the provisions of the Family Code.


LAW 809 - Air and Outer Space Law: Law and Political Aspects
A study of the Politics- legal nature of air and outer space as subjects of public and private international law, analysis of conventions and agreements in the use of air space and outer space, and their impact on Philippine Laws and jurisprudence.


LAW 810 - Human Rights

This is an in-depth study of the philosophical, theological and historical foundations of the constitution dealing on human rights. It likewise deals on the analyses of the provisions, their development and enforcement with focus on contemporary judicial interpretation and a comparative study of its provisions with the International Bill of Rights. It also includes the study of the philosophy of the provisions of the Philippine Constitution on the Bill of Rights and a comparative analysis therein with other countries.

LAW 811 - International Relations with Asia
It is an in-depth study of the international relations of the Philippines with Asia considering the many problems confronting both countries especially the ownership of the seas, near the shorelines of both countries together with the abundant natural resources therein. It includes the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy, and impact of international affairs on policy development, natural security, strategic programs and power balance.


LAW 812 - Law on Intellectual Property
This is an analytical study of the different ways to protect intellectual property. It is focused on laws regarding copyright, trademarks, and trade names all other subjects emphasized in the Intellectual Property Code especially in the protection of intellectual property rights and Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property System (TRIPS)


LAW 813 - Criminal Law Reform
It is a critical study of some criminal laws which need amendments or changes. It also deals on the analytical study of the penalties and fines imposed for possible reforms.


LAW 814 - Remedial Law Reform
It is an analytical and critical study of some remedial laws that need some amendments or reforms in the light of some recent circulars and issuances of the Supreme Court like the amendments of the laws on Civil Procedure especially on the use of the Judicial Affidavit Rule and others consisted with due process for purposes of speedy administration of justice.


LAW 815 - Probation and Parole and Restorative Justice
It is a study of the concept and history of probation and the operation of probation systems in other countries of the world with focus upon the Philippines Probation Law rules and regulations and similar statutes. It likewise deals on the process of bringing back to the fold of civilization the convicts who are willing to go back to the folds of the law after undergoing the cudgels of imprisonment by providing them with a possible means to cope with life anew.


LAW 816 - UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and the New Baseline Law of the Philippines
This is an extensive and exhaustive study of the provisions of the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea and the New Baseline Law of the Philippines (R.A. 9522).


LAW 817 - Anti- Money Laundering Law and other similar laws (R.A. 9160)
This is an intensive and exhaustive study of the salient features of law like criminalizing money laundering, creates a financial intelligence unit, imposes requirements on customer identification, record keeping and reporting of covered and suspicious transactions; relaxing strict bank deposits secrecy laws, providing for bank inquiry and freezing exparte petition/ seizure/ forfeiture/ recovery of dirty money/ property and providing for international cooperation.

It likewise deals with money laundering offenses and penalties.


LAW 818 - Maritime Law: Issues, Challenges, and Implications
It is a body of law governing both domestic law relating to maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private entities which operate vessels on the oceans. IT likewise deals with matters including marine commerce, marine navigation, shipping, sailors, and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea.


LAW 819 - Protection of the Ancestral Domains of Indigenous Communities
It is a study of the distinct sociological concept of private ownership based on native title espoused by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (R.A. 8371) as juxtaposed in the jural precepts of state ownership of lands under the Regalian doctrine, and the development and philosophy or rationale of the constitutional mandate recognizing and promoting the rights of indigenous cultural communities within the frameworks of national unity and development.

Any course which has a direct bearing on one’s dissertation.

Foreign Languages:  (6 units) (non-credit)

Written Comprehensive Examinations (WCE)

DW I - 6 units (Research Proposal)
DW II - 3 units (Research Colloquium)
DW III - 3 units (Defense)

Degree Requirements
Core Courses
Major Courses
Cognate Courses
Foreign Language
Written Comprehensive Exams
      Dissertation Writing I
      Dissertation Writing II
      Dissertation Writing III

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