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How Much Does it Cost to Study to Become a Lawyer in the Philippines?

The price of legal education ranges widely depending on the school
By Pauline Macaraeg |

 

 

Every year, thousands of hopeful law students take the Philippine Bar Examination, a professional licensure test for aspiring lawyers in the country.

 

This year alone, the Supreme Court Public Information Office said a total of 7,227 candidates are registered to take the exam, which takes place on all four Sundays of November. That’s a 5.8-percent increase from last year’s 6,831 examinees.

 

But how much does law education in the country cost? In this list, Entrepreneur Philippines takes a look at the tuition and other fees of the seven universities that have produced the most number of bar topnotchers since 1913.

 

 

Related story: Which PH Schools Educated the Most Bar Topnotchers Since 1913? 

 

 

The information in this infographic includes tuition, miscellaneous and other basic fees for the first semester of first year law students. All the data are for the school year 2017 to 2018.

 

Out of all the schools in the list, Ateneo Law School charges the highest fees at Php126,219.25. Historically, Ateneo has produced 22 topnotchers, coming second after the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law.

 

UP College of Law has produced two times more topnotchers than Ateneo, with 48 on record. But compared to Ateneo, UP College of Law’s total tuition fees upon enrollment only amount to a maximum of Php26,378.50, about a fifth of the Jesuit-run school’s fees.

 

 

 

It must be noted, though, that UP is the only public university in the list, which may explain the low tuition cost even though the UP College of Law is exempted from Republic Act 10931 or "Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.” The law, which mandates full tuition subsidy to students in state universities and colleges, applies only to bachelor’s degree programs and does not cover post-graduate degrees such as master’s or doctorate degrees as well as legal or medical degrees.

 

 

Related story: Which State University Students are the Biggest Beneficiaries of the Free Tuition Act? 

 

 

The school with the lowest tuition cost is University of Manila (UM), which charges only Php16,600 for a semester of 16 units. UM has produced a total of four bar topnotchers, ranking fifth along with the Far Eastern University Institute of Law. But it has yet to snatch the top place again since 1953.

 

The three other law schools included in the list are San Beda College of Law, Philippine Law School and University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law. This year’s series of bar exams takes place in UST.

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Pauline Macaraeg is Entrepreneur PH's data journalist. Follow her on Twitter @paulinemacaraeg

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