ADMISSION TO THE JURIS DOCTOR (J.D.) PROGRAM

ADMISSION TO THE JURIS DOCTOR (J.D.) PROGRAM

 

The application period for the Ateneo J.D. Program commences on 15 November 2021 and ends on 15 February 2022.

Eligibility for Admission

To qualify for admission to the J.D. Program, the applicant must have obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Arts or Sciences, or a higher academic degree, from an authorized and recognized university or college.  Following requirements set by the Legal Education Board (LEB), in order to qualify for an ALS diploma, the applicant must have completed at least eighteen (18) units of English, six (6) units of Mathematics, eighteen (18) units of Social Science subjects, and at least three (3) units of a Rizal course.

 

Please note that pursuant to ALS policies, persons who have enrolled and have been graded in at least one (1) semester in any law school are not eligible for admission to the J.D. Program.

 

Decisions regarding admissions are made by the Dean, upon the recommendation of the Admissions Committee, and taking into consideration the applicant's scholastic records and abilities, entrance exam results, character references, and other relevant factors.

 

Ateneo Law’s J.D. Program has a full-time mode of study and is meant to be completed in four (4) years.
 

Admission Requirements for Academic Year 2022-2023

The applicant must accomplish the online application form. Please take note that the online application system will require you to upload the following documents in PDF format only (except for the ID picture):

  • Photocopy of collegiate transcript of records
    1. If graduation is not yet reflected in the transcript, a true copy of grades to date.
  • A certificate of good moral character from the university last attended
  • A 2"x 2" I.D. picture with red background

 

ALS is offering a limited number of financial aid grants (i.e., tuition and fees) for deserving students upon acceptance, based on financial need and academic merit. Should you intend to apply for this, please write a personal statement (500 words max) on why you should be considered for a grant. This personal statement has to be uploaded along with the documents mentioned above.

 

In addition, the applicant is also required to cause the submission of two (2) recommendations coming from (i) the dean of the applicant’s school or a former professor, and (ii) someone, not a relative or friend, who knows the applicant well enough to provide a true character reference. The applicant should provide his/her identified recommender the link to the required recommendation form and ask that the accomplished form be sent by the recommending individual directly to <admissions.law@ateneo.edu>.

All applications must be made online and submitted, along with required documents, by 15 February 2022.

After the successful completion, submission and review of the online application, the applicant will then be notified by email to pay the application fee (Php 3,500.00) and to take the ALS Entrance Examination.  ALS will assign the date on which the applicant is to take the examination.

The ALS Entrance Exam will be fully online. Interested applicants must make sure they have access to the internet as well as the necessary electronic device that meets the following system requirements of the testing solution on the day of their scheduled exam:

  • Computer desktop or laptop (Windows OS, Linux OS or Mac OS)
    1. Recommended platform: Windows OS
    2. The online exam is not supported on mobile devices (e.g. cellphone/smartphones/tablets)
    3. Computer must have the following specifications:
      • Working and properly configured webcam
      • Working and properly configured earphones with microphone 
      • Internet capability
      • Stable internet connection
      • Preferably has an internet connection speed of at least 512 kbps

 

Material Dates

Online entrance exam dates will be set between 19 February and 03 April 2022.

Interviews will be conducted between May 2 to June 30, 2022 and assigned by ALS within the given period. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that he/she is available when required.