RULES ON ADMISSION
Requirements for Admission
- Must be a holder of a Bachelor's Degree in the Arts or Sciences.
- Must have earned the following undergraduate units for the issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility to enter Law Course (CEL):
- 18 units of English
- 18 units of Social Sciences
- 6 units of Mathematics
- Must have passed the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and oral interview administered by the Admission's Office
- Aptitude Examination
- Essay Examination
Academic Credentials - The following are the Academic Credentials that must be submitted:
- In case the applicant is a NEW STUDENT or has not previously enrolled in another law school, an Original Official Transcript of Records with remarks "For Further Studies" or "Copy for Arellano University School of Law", or;
- In case the applicant is a TRANSFEREE or has previously enrolled in another law school:
- Original Official Transcript of Records from the law school in which the transferee was previously enrolled.
- Certified True Copy of his/her College Transcript of Records
- Certificate of Eligibility to enter Law Course issued by the law school in which the transferee was previously enrolled.
- Certificate of Transfer Credentials/Honorable Dismissal from the law school in which the transferee was previously enrolled.
Non-Academic Credentials - The following are the Non-Academic Credentials that must be submitted by the applicant:
- Original Birth Certificate with one (1) photocopy.
- Original Certification of Good Moral Character from the last school the applicant has attended or from the applicants last employer.
- Two (2) 2"x2" photographs taken within the past 6 months
Enrollment Period - the regular enrollment period is scheduled two to three weeks before the start of classes. Late registration is normally allowed during the first fourteen (14) calendar days from the official start of regular classes, unless otherwise announced.
A student shall not be allowed to enroll in any subject after fourteen (14) days from the official start of regular classes, unless authorized by the Dean based on the student's scholastic record. A fine shall be imposed for late registration.
When student is officially enrolled - A student is deemed officially enrolled for the semester upon payment of the assessed school fees, whether partial or in full and after issuance of a registration card.
Schedule of Classes
Classes under both the four-year and five-year programs are held from Monday to Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to allow working students the convenience of selecting a friendly schedule that would give them enough time to study. In cases where make up classes must be held, the mornings of Saturdays and Sundays may be used provided they comply with the requirements of both the Law School and LEB.
Methods and Medium of Instruction
The modified Socratic dialogue or question and answer system is the principal method of instruction used in the classroom to enable students to think clearly under pressure, to learn to analyze problem situations and develop in them a critical attitude towards the subject matter being discussed. In such instances, the case method shall be utilized based on jurisprudence handed down by the Supreme Court. Discussions, lectures, role-playing, moots and other methods may be also used as additional methods of instruction in order to sharpen the lawyering skills of the students. English shall be generally used as the medium of instruction.
Adding and/or Dropping of Subjects
Period for adding or dropping - in adding or dropping a subject, the following periods must be observed:
Adding of subjects shall be entertained only within fourteen (14) calendar days from the official start of regular classes.
Dropping of subjects shall be entertained until 1 week prior to the scheduled midterms examination week. He shall be given a grade of "DRP". A student shall not be allowed to drop any subject after the period of dropping provided unless he completely withdraws all his subjects.
Students who are officially enrolled shall not be allowed to change subjects or transfer to another class, except when the original subject(s) enrolled has been dissolved or for reasons not attributable to the fault of the student.
Adding and/or dropping of any subject shall be deemed effective only upon approval by the Dean.
Complete Withdrawal - a student who completely withdraws during the semester but before the final examinations, by officially dropping all his subjects, will receive a grade of "CW" for all the said subjects, provided that he has fully paid all the fees for the said semester. The student concerned must secure a clearance for said purpose before the application for complete withdrawal shall be acted upon. A student who fails to officially withdraw from all his subjects shall receive a grade of 68%.
Leave of Absence
Permission for a leave of absence must be sought from the Dean so as not to affect the status of the student. The period of the leave of absence must not exceed two (2) semesters at any one time. Except for clearly meritorious reasons, students whose total cumulative leaves of absence exceed four semesters shall not be allowed to re-enroll in the College. The student applying for a leave of absence must secure a clearance for the said purpose.
Absences - Students who incur absences of more than 20% of the total number of class hours in each subject may be dropped from the roll in each subject and given a final grade of FA or an equivalent of 68%. However, should the non-attendance in class be due to activities sponsored by the School or due to calls from the Dean's Office, the absence shall not be considered as such.
Computation of Absences - For purposes of computation of absences, three (3) accounts of tardiness shall be equivalent to one (1) absence. If he/she enters the room after twenty (20) minutes from the scheduled start of class, he/she shall be marked absent in the subject concerned, although he/she may be permitted to attend the class. For purposes of class hours, the basis shall be as follows:
- 24 hours of absences in a 6 unit subject
- 20 hours of absences in a 5 unit subject
- 16 hours of absences in a 4 unit subject
- 12 hours of absences in a 3 unit subject
- 8 hours of absences in a 2 unit subject
System of Grading - The system of grading to be used shall be numerical percentage values (65%, 75%, 78%, 85% etc.)
Computation of Final Grade - The final grade shall be computed by assigning the following percentages/values:
The professor may adopt his own system of computing the final grade. However, the system is subject to the approval of the Dean, and the students must be informed of the said system at the beginning of the semester.
The absences of a student shall not be considered in the computation of his/her grade provided it is within the allowable period. However, the professor, in his discretion, may give incentives regarding the student's attendance.
Failure to take Final Examinations - The failure of the student to take the final examination for a valid reason, shall be the only ground for the giving of a grade of incomplete (INC) to the student which shall automatically be converted to a 68% at the end of one (1) year should the student fail to complete such grade preferably within the next succeeding semester. It shall be the duty of every student to follow-up and secure all his/her grades from the Registrar's Office.
Failure to take Mid-term Examinations - Students who fail to take the mid-term examinations for any valid reason as scheduled, will not be given special mid-term examinations. The final examination grade of a student, to be deducted by 10 points, shall be treated as the mid-term examination grade.
Re-evaluation/re-computation of Grades - All requests for re-evaluation or re-computation of grades must be in writing, addressed to the Dean, stating clearly the reasons therefore, and must be made within five (5) class days after notice of release of said grades by the Office of the Registrar. Students are strictly prohibited from communicating to his/her professors, directly or indirectly, regarding any request for reconsideration/re-computation of their grades.
Taking of Review Subjects
No student shall be allowed to take any subject in the fourth year of the curriculum without first having taken and completed all undergraduate subjects, unless otherwise allowed by the Dean.
Candidates for Graduation
The following must be complied with by a student in order to be entitled to graduation must have:
- Passed all subjects provided in the curriculum.
- Been enrolled for at least two (2) semesters prior to graduation.
- No outstanding obligations to the school.
- Submitted all of the academic and non-academic credentials.
- Filed his/her application for graduation to the Office of the Registrar.
Any student who desires to sever his relations with the College shall file an application for Honorable Dismissal and shall secure the necessary clearance before favorable action may be made.
FEES AND DISCOUNTS
Tuition Fee Rate to be applied - The tuition fee rate of a student shall be based on the school year in which the student first enrolled, whether as a new student or as a transferee. It shall remain the tuition fee rate of the said student for as long as he/she is enrolled in the law school, except in cases where there is a need for the Management to increase tuition fees, or when a student has gone on leave for two (2) consecutive semesters. In which case, the student shall be assessed according to the rate per unit on the semester on which he/she has returned or re-enrolled.
Charges for Dropping - A student who withdraws any subject within two (2) weeks following the beginning of classes and after payment of the tuition and other school fees, in full or in part, shall be subject to the following retention charges:
- Withdrawal within one (1) week from the start of classes 10%
- Withdrawal within two (2) weeks from the start of classes 20%
If he withdraws any time after the second week of classes, he shall be charged all the school fees in full.
Charges for Complete Withdrawal of Subjects before official start of classes - a student who completely withdraws all of his/her subjects before the official start of classes will be refunded with the fees that he/she has already paid, whether in full or in part, except the registration fee and payment for the Identification Card.
Entry Scholars - students who have not previously enrolled in any law school, who have been awarded academic honors for their academic performance during their undergraduate course shall be granted tuition fee discounts for their first two (2) semesters in the school subject to the following classifications:
|Summa Cum Laude||100% discount on tuition fees|
|Magna Cum Laude||75% discount on tuition fees|
|Cum Laude||50% discount on tuition fees|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Academic Awards - These awards are given in recognition of a student's academic excellence during his/her studies in Arellano University School of Law.
Students who complete their course with the following minimum General Weighted Average (GWA) and without any failing grade or other academic deficiency shall be graduated with honors as follows:
- Summa Cum Laude
- Magna Cum Laude
- Cum Laude
The following awards are given to those who receive the highest cumulative GWA (at least 85%) in their stay in law school:
Class Valedictorian - given to the student who obtains the highest Gross Weighted Average in the entire course provided that he/she has at least four (4) semesters of residence in Arellano University School of Law and has no failing grade.
Class Salutatorian - given to the student who obtains the second highest average in the entire course provided that he/she has at least four (4) semesters of residence in Arellano University School of Law and has no failing grade.
The Chairman Florentino Cayco, Jr. Award - An annual award established in memory of the late University Chairman awarded to the student who has obtained the highest average in the entire course among those that took and finished all their subjects in Arellano Law School without any failing grade.
Special Awards - These awards are given for special achievement and accomplishment of students for academic and non-academic activities, which lead to the upliftment, recognition and acknowledgement of the Arellano Law Community.
Last updated: July 25, 2014
The Leadership Award - The Foundation bestows an award annually to the member of the graduating class whose scholarship demonstrates special interest and proficiency in the law and whose conduct and personality give evidence of leadership and promise in the legal profession.
The Loyalty Award - These awards are given to those students who studied high school, college, and law school, in any branch of Arellano University.