Master of Laws

Master of Laws

Offered by the Graduate School of Law
Offered by the Graduate School of Law




Becoming Part of the Program



The Graduate School of Law’s vision is to produce graduates who are not only respected in the field of law, academically and professionally, but also possess the core values of a true Thomasian lawyer: competence, compassion, and commitment.


The UST Graduate School of Law’s mission is to provide exceptional support services to graduate students and faculty; to promote quality in graduate education by challenging and guiding students to conduct investigations/research that will aid in the enactment of just and reasonable laws that genuinely serve the people; and to establish university-wide graduate policies, standards, and procedures that define best practices for the graduate programs it serves.


Founded on the Thomasians’ Core values, the Graduate School of Law aims to (1) develop intellectual expertise in law and jurisprudence among lawyers; (2) contribute to public service improvement by emphasizing the lawyers’ mission of upholding justice and truth; (3) elevate the legal profession’s standards; and (4) improve the administration of justice for the welfare of the Filipino people.


We envision a Graduate School that stands for excellence and innovation and that is globally recognized for its distinct degree programs and quality research outputs.


We are a Catholic institution of learning dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the theoretical and applied fields through quality graduate education that is comprehensive and responsive to the needs of society.

We are committed to the formation of scholars and high-quality professionals who are ethical, competent, compassionate, and committed to the service of their respective professions, the church, the nation, and the global community.

Goals and Objectives

The Graduate School commits itself to develop:

  1. competent professionals who, inspired by the ideals of St. Antoninus of Florence, promote excellence in the production, advancement, and transmission of specialized knowledge and skills in the sciences, the arts, and community service;
  2. scholarly researchers and creative thinkers who, kindled by St. Thomas Aquinas’ ardour for truth, aspire to become fonts of intellectual creativity and, in their quest for quality research, are proficient and critical in assessing and communicating information in various fields that impact the professions, the church, the nation, and the global community;
  3. professional Christian leaders who, touched by St. Dominic de Guzman’s apostolic fire and warmed by Mary’s motherly care, articulate ethics and truth, high level of moral maturity in resolving issues and promoting social justice and compassion for the poor, and care for the environment;
  4. globally engaged citizens who, with ardent advocacy for life, promote a deeper understanding of tolerance and justice as well as linguistic, religious, and cultural diversities as a result of precise evaluation of modern problems and inquiries;
  5. committed scholars who, nurtured by the dogmas of Christian faith and values, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth through the promotion of an intellectual culture that values academic rigor and freedom of scientific investigations; and
  6. lifelong learners who, empowered by St. Antoninus of Florence’s zeal for learning, are committed to the advancement of a higher culture through a continuous search for intellectual inquiries and new knowledge as well as faithfulness to Catholic intellectual traditions.
Thomasian Graduate Attributes

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 oneself 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 exellence 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


Click here for the Admission Policies and Procedures of the Graduate School of Law. 

Enrollment Requirements for the Master of Laws program of the Graduate School of Law:
  1. Application Letter addressed to Atty. Jacqueline O. Lopez-Kaw, DCL, Dean – UST Graduate School of Law 
  2. Duly accomplished Application Form 
  3. Admission Essay (Write about your intended research in no less than 500 words.) 
  4. Two (2) referral forms duly accomplished by the applicant’s immediate supervisor of former professor 
  5. Certified True Copy of Transcript of Records (Ll. B. / J.D. for LLM applicants and LLM for DCL applicants
  6. Certificate of Membership in the Philippine Bar (if applicable)

Downloadable Forms: 

Graduate School of Law Application Form

Personal Data Sheet Page 1

Personal Data Sheet Page 2


Go to THIS PAGE and look for the “Graduate School of Law” tab for the tuition fees.

Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Pre-Requisite Courses (6 units)

GS 500 – St. Thomas and Critical Thinking 
As the philosophical foundation of Research  Methodology, it is a study of the principles of skills in critical thinking according to St. Thomas  Aquinas in the three areas of mental cognition:  simple apprehension, judgment, and reasoning;  and of common fallacies towards the acquisition of the art of argumentation. 

GS 501 – Research Methods  
The student is introduced to research concepts relevant to law. Discussions center on how to prepare a term paper first and last, how to prepare a thesis emphasizing choice of the title that provokes critical thinking, statement of the problem which necessitates the resolution of an issue, sources of data, the gathering of materials relative to the title, analysis and evaluation of information gathered among others. It will also include all methods of research including statistics. The course output is a thesis proposal.

Core Courses (9 units)

LAW 600 – Foundations of Public and Private  Law  
The course will examine the rationale of many laws. It dwells on the development and history of the legal profession, and ultimately on the important aspects of law practice, the legal researches, and modern technology tools used in law practice management and continuing legal education.

LAW 601 – Philosophy of Law
It is an in-depth study of the moral principles of law and the rationale in the study of law. It likewise includes the purposes, goals, or objectives of the study of law.

LAW 603 – Issues in Legal and Judicial Ethics 
It is an exhaustive and analytical study of canons governing the practice of law, and a critical study of the professional responsibilities of lawyers in the practice of law. 

It likewise includes an analytical study of ethical standards set for Judges and Justices on the discharge of their judicial functions. 

Specialization Courses (15 units)

LAW 701 – Labor and Social Legislations 
It is an analytical study of the economic,  sociological and legal bases of the reciprocal  rights and responsibilities of capital and labor;  analysis and evaluation of different labor laws  and social legislations.

LAW 702 – Corporate Law and Corporate  Rehabilitation  
Corporate organization and management process of incorporation; stockholders rights and remedies; corporate problems; security act and trading; multinational corporation. 

It is also focused on the procedure of corporate rehabilitation.

LAW 703 – Legal and Tax Aspects of  Business Organizations  
It is a study of the legal problems of corporate and other business organizations in the light of the changing conditions in the evolving national economy of the country; study of the different taxes, withholding tax, customs, and tariff duties.  Local taxes and tax incentives. It includes the study of the general principles of taxation.

LAW 704 – International Humanitarian Law
Is a branch of International Law limiting the use  of violence in armed conflicts by sparing those  who do not or no longer directly participate in  hostilities and limiting the violence to weaken the  military potential of the enemy.

LAW 705 – Tenurial Instruments in the  Philippines: Social and Constitutional  Perspectives 
A comparative study and analysis of the different systems of land ownership and registration  (Public Land Act, CA No. 141; Cadastral Act, Act  2259; Property Registration Decree, PD 1529;  Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, RA 6657;  and Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, RA 8371),  and the evolution of laws, policies, systems,  procedures and reforms to stabilize land ownership, prevent conflicts, promote social justice and enhance economic growth and development.

LAW 706 – International Law and Politics
It focuses on the relation of states to individuals as subjects of international law. It also includes  the study of international law, study of  international organizations, structures, and the  flow of powers including the aspects of  sovereignty and jurisdiction.

LAW 707 – Local Government and  Enforcement of Anti-Gambling Laws
It is an extensive analysis of the functions,  workings, and operations of local government and the officials that operate the same, the term of offices, powers, and duties of said officials.  These local officials representing the local government are charged with the duty of enforcement and implementation of all anti-gambling laws.

LAW 708 – Southeast Asian Constitutions 
It is a critical, extensive, and exhaustive study of the constitutions of Southeast Asia considering the conflicts of the Philippines with a few of the  Asian countries.

LAW 709 – Environmental Law and Climate  Change  
It is an analytical and critical study of all environmental laws of the Philippines and other countries of the world affecting the health and economic conditions of the people and thereafter a study of the relation of the environment to climate change considering the intermittent changes of weather conditions and the sudden occurrences of calamities like typhoons, floods,  tornados, earthquake and other natural calamities without any preparation by the public at large and to recommend remedial measures to reduce or mitigate the effects. 

LAW 710 – Alternative Dispute Resolution and Barangay Justice  
It is an in-depth study of the Lupong-Tagapamayapa, before which conflicts/ troubles are amicably settled before filing the cases in court. It is mandatory that all civil cases irrespective of the amount be brought first before the Lupon for purposes of settlement. In criminal cases, there are instances when cases are not brought to the Lupon. In alternative Dispute  Resolution, the Judges resort to mediation,  conciliation, and arbitration. In the court-annexed mediation, parties are obliged to settle their disputes through the aid of trained mediators.

LAW 711 -E-Commerce and Electronics  Evidence  
This subject deals with the provisions of E-Commerce and the introduction of Electronic  Evidence in court.

LAW 712 – Writ of Amparo & Habeas Data &  other related writs 
This course deals with the rules governing the writ of Amparo, which institutionalizes an extra-legal remedy protective of civil liberties specifically the right to life, liberty, and security against their actual or threatened violation by public or private entities. 

It likewise includes the study of the rule on the writ of Habeas Data which is a remedy available to any person whose right to privacy in life, liberty, or security is violated or threatened by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity engaged in the gathering, collecting or storing of data or information regarding the person, family,  home and correspondence of the aggrieved party. Other related legal remedies are likewise discussed and exhaustively analyzed.

LAW 713 – Anti-Human Trafficking Law as  amended and Violence against Women and  Children 
It is a detailed critical of human trafficking and abuses or violations against women and children. 

LAW 714 – Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices  Act (R.A. 3019) and Plunder Law (R.A. 7080)
It is a critical analysis of all the criminal acts that fall under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt practices act and a study of the penalties imposed therein including an analytical study of all the criminal acts that fall under Plunder Law and the penalties imposed thereto. It also includes the study of how public officials are prevented from stealing money from the government. 

Cognate Courses (3 units)

Any course related to thesis.

Other Requirements

Written Comprehensive Examinations (WCE)

TW I – 3 units (Thesis Proposal)
TW II – 3 units (Research Colloquium)
TW III – 3 units (Thesis Defense)

Total = 42 Units 

Summary of Program Requirements

Summary of Program Requirements

Degree Requirements
Prerequisite Courses
Core Courses
Specialization Courses
Cognate Courses
Written Comprehensive Exams
    Thesis Writing I
      Thesis Writing II
      Thesis Writing III