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Master of Laws (LL.M) Program

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Program Overview

In partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law (ALS), the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Rosendo U Castillo, Jr College of Law now offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program aiming to produce legal scholars with advanced knowledge and skills in various legal fields, with a focus on research, international law, and dispute resolution.


The curriculum is structured around the following objectives:

  • Academic Excellence: Continuously pursue legal education imbued with “intellectual rigor in the tradition of Jesuit education” and a deep sense of Ignatian Spirituality.
  • Research Development: Contribute to national and international legal development through ethical and functional research.
  • International Competence: Enhance skills in international law and cross-border legal practice.

Students must complete the thirty-six (36) credit units, distributed as follows: 

LL.M. Basic Courses         6 units
LL.M. Major Courses        15 units
LL.M. Elective Courses    9 units
LL.M. Thesis                       6 units

Apart from completing the course work, enrollees must develop and present a thesis, supervised by an ALS faculty adviser.


Tracks and Courses

International Human Rights Law Track
This track focuses on human rights principles, norms, conventions, and mechanisms to equip students with the requisite practical skills and substantive knowledge to become human rights professionals and scholars. Major coursework will be taken from this track with a multidisciplinary approach and dynamic teaching methods.

Dispute Resolution Track
The Dispute Resolution track aims to develop a modern legal practitioner who can adopt a more holistic, problem-solving approach to conflicts and is not limited to a strictly rights-based, adversarial method of resolving disputes. This track gives a deeper exposure to so-called “alternative” dispute resolution processes.


Application Requirements

1. LL.M. Application Form (to be accomplished online)
2. Complete Official Transcript of Records (and English translation, if necessary)
3. Certified true copy of diplomas obtained after secondary education (and English translation, if necessary)
4. Document attesting the passing of the Bar Examinations
5. Two (2) recommendations (to be accomplished online)
6. Personal Statement
7. LL.M. Thesis Proposal
8. Updated resume or curriculum vitae
9. For foreign applicants, in addition to the foregoing requirements, the following are also required: Official TOEFL or IELTS score report (or equivalent); & duly authenticated visa requirements
10. A 2x2 ID photo with red background
11. Application Fee (Php 2,000.00)

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