Academic Policies Addendum

Equivalency Certification

When a candidate for any degree offered by the Graduate School of Law has distinguished himself or herself through acknowledged expertise, authorship, or otherwise, the Dean may require the candidate to prepare a portfolio that documents the candidate’s achievements in the field of law, juridical science or criminal justice administration as well as require the submission of copies of books and peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals.

A Panel of Assessors is then formed by the dean. The Panel assesses the achievements as well as the output of the candidate to determine how many units, if any, should be credited in favor of the candidate for work, authorship, experience and expertise evidenced by the documents submitted in portfolio. In no case, however, may a degree be conferred upon a candidate whose accomplishments do not include the authorship of at least two (2) published books in law, juridical science, or criminal justice administration and professorship for at least in the same disciplines for at least five (5) years.

Administration and Corps of Professors

The Dean shall possess the necessary doctoral degree in jurisprudence or juridical science or any field of law. He shall be responsible for the administration of the Graduate School of Law and shall personally preside over the conduct of all class days. Without necessitating his physical presence throughout the work week, he must nevertheless be readily available to make decisions in regard to the administration of the Graduate School. On these terms the Dean shall be considered “full-time”. There shall be no impediment to his engagement in any other institution, private or public.

The Corps of Professors shall consist principally of the qualified professors of the Philippine Judicial Academy. Members of the superior courts of the land who are acknowledged experts in their respective fields of law, though lacking graduate degrees, may be invited as lecturers. The Dean may decide that a course is to be dealt with as a seminar, in which case several lecturers, including a distinct lecturer per session, shall deliver the course.

The term “Corps of Professors” shall refer both to professors and lecturers. “Professors” shall refer to those who possess the title of Diplomate in Juridical Science, or Fellow, of those who have the degree of master of laws, master of comparative laws, master of juridical studies and similar degrees or doctoral degrees. They are regularly assigned subject loads. A lecturer is one who because of specialized study or expertise is invited to deliver a lecture, even if this lecture should recur through successive school years.

Alternative Delivery Systems

The Graduate School of Law shall make use of delivery systems that its administration may deem most effective and convenient, without compromising the academic standards of the Graduate School.

Among these are: mentoring, distance-education through the accomplishment of modules, e-learning through the use of virtual conference rooms, individualized instruction, or the preparation of a reading list and the accomplishment of supervised and assessed reading under the direction of a study-moderator appointed by the Dean.