Admission Requirements for the First Year Level and Transferees
A. WHO MAY APPLY
Anyone seeking admission to the College of Law must be a graduate of a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts or Science, or a higher academic degree, from an authorized and recognized university or college. Furthermore, the applicant must have earned:
a. three (3) units of Rizal course;
b. eighteen (18) units of Social Sciences subjects;
c. six (6) units in Mathematics; and
d. eighteen (18) units in English.
Admission to the College of Law will be based on the applicant’s results in the Law Entrance Exam, academic grades, ability to express and communicate in English orally and in writing, and the assessment of the applicant’s abilities and character through the personal essay, letters of recommendations, and online interview(s).
Please take note that pursuant to public health and safety protocols, XU Law classes and examinations may either be all conducted online in real-time using videoconferencing applications, with classes on days and times in the class schedule, or through in-person classes and exams, wherein only students fully vaccinated and boosted will be allowed to attend. The modality will either be all online, or all in-person.
Student attendance is required for synchronous sessions online or in-person. The learning modality in the College of Law will depend on the current pandemic levels, but students will be informed no later than one month before classes begin in case the College of Law will switch to in-person classes.
Because the classes may be all online, XU Law applicants must have: (1) a desktop or a laptop; and (2) a reliable internet connection sufficient for videoconferencing at least 4 hours a day (video must be turned on the whole time for a student to be considered present). Midterm and Final examinations will only be conducted through the ExamSoft platform, and will therefore require a windows-based or Mac-OS device [click this link to check the minimum systems requirement].
B. HOW TO APPLY
Read and follow the instructions carefully. Your ability to comply will be part of the assessment.
1. TAKE THE LAW ENTRANCE EXAM. REGISTER & PAY FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAM NO LATER THAN JUNE 4, 2022.
There are only three (3) scheduled Law entrance exams: May 21, June 4, and 11, 2022. Registration and payment for the Law entrance exam must be done at least one week before the scheduled exam date.
Each exam date can only accommodate up to 100 takers and it will be on a first come first serve basis. Those who registered first will be prioritized. Please make sure that the testing requirements are complete in order to secure a slot on a particular test date. The Law entrance exam fee is PhP800 and is entirely separate and distinct from the application processing fee.
Pay the exam fee through these options:
a. Pay at XU Main campus Finance Office during business hours, Mondays to Fridays (dress code and protocols need to be observed for campus access. This may change depending on the IATF guidelines and/or University Finance Office advisory).
b. For bank payment, you may pay over the counter or through online fund transfer via the account details below:
Account No. BPI 9330-0016-55
BPI Account Name: Xavier University
Please take note that after you have successfully uploaded your Proof of Payment and submitted your Registration Form, XU Finance Office will verify and process your payment within 2-3 working days. Please ensure also your complete name is indicated in your receipt. NO INDICATED COMPLETE NAME ON THE RECEIPT, NO PROCESSING/CLEARING OF PAYMENT.
Prepare the following requirements before you register for the exam:
1. testing fee receipt/proof of payment
2. recent photo with white background
3. valid ID
To register and reserve a slot for the Law entrance exam, kindly click this link https://forms.gle/zUbPzU2PizoJswq76.
Applicants who take the exam will receive their results after 10 working days, but there is no need to submit the results to XU Law as it will also receive the results. The Law entrance exam is a requirement for all applicants to XU Law, whether as first year students or transferees. Only applicants who have submitted all requirements, including taking of the Law entrance exam, will be considered for admission.
2. SUBMIT ALL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS NO LATER THAN JUNE 10, 2022.
1.1 Application form
Click on the link above and fill this up. This uses Google Forms, so you will need a gmail address for access.
Note: please copy and save the link for the recommendation forms [within the application form] as you will need this link for your letters of recommendation.
1.2 Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
None of the recommenders must be a relative within the 4th degree of consanguinity or affinity.
The applicant should (i) identify the three persons who will make the recommendation based on the criteria below; (ii) get their consent and email addresses, and (iii) send the link of the recommendation form (previously saved from the online application form) to their recommenders to accomplish.
a. Two (2) of the following who know the applicant’s abilities well:
i. Dean of the applicant’s school
ii. former professor(s)
iii. immediate supervisor(s)
b. One (1) person who knows the applicant well enough to provide a true character reference.
1.3 Personal Essay
The essay must be at least 1,500 words, in word format, where the applicant introduces himself/herself, and
1) his/her personal philosophy in life;
2) the reason(s) for applying to XU Law;
3) why he/she has what it takes to finish the course; and
4) why he/she will make a good lawyer.
Please take time to write and review your essay well for content and grammar. This will be used, among others, to gauge your proficiency in the English language.
Applicants are expected to write their own essays. Essays will be subjected to a plagiarism checker and word count. A plagiarized essay will lead to the denial of the application.
You can upload the personal essay here.
1.4 Scanned photos of the following documents:
You are only allowed to upload the scanned documents in one sitting. Make sure you have all the required documents before you decide to upload them, at this link for first year applicants, and this link for transferees.
a. 2”x2” ID Picture with white background (not more than 6 months old)
b. Birth certificate from PSA
c. Marriage Contract (for married women only)
d. Transcript of Records (if graduation is not yet reflected in the transcript, a true copy of grades and a certification of candidacy for Graduation). Upload Transcript of Records in one file.
For XU graduates: requests for TOR takes 5 -14 working days.
e. Transfer Credentials or Honorable Dismissal (for non-XU graduates, or if last school attended is not XU, or transferees)
f. Recommendation Letter from the Director of Student Affairs from last school attended (for transferees only)
g. Certificate of Preliminary Law Course (C-1) – for transferees only
3. PAYMENT OF PhP800 PROCESSING FEE
The processing fee is non-refundable, but is not a guarantee that you will be admitted. Please think carefully before you make the payment.
4. INTERVIEW BY VIDEO CALLS
Only applicants who have taken the entrance exam, and completed and submitted all requirements and payments will be interviewed.
Once the payment has been verified (within 2-3 working days after payment), and the results of the entrance exam are available, the applicant will receive an email of his/her interview schedule and instructions. Interviews may be waived for applicants who have demonstrated in their submissions the abilities, skills and aptitude necessary for the study of law.
Please note that interviews will be conducted online on assigned dates within the interview period, via Google Meet. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that he/she is available for the interview as scheduled, and has the necessary internet access and information & communications technology (ICT) device for the online interview. Applicant must also be in business attire during the video call.
Interviewed applicants will receive an email on the results of their application. Successful applicants will receive an email confirming eligibility for enrollment, and instructions on how to enroll.
All first year student students are required to attend the orientation and introductory class on July 18-23.
Regular classes for School Year 2022-2023 begin on August 1, 2022.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Last day to pay for entrance exam: June 4 (for exam scheduled on June 11, 2022)
Entrance Exam dates: May 21, June 4 and 11, 2022
Submission of application and admission requirements: April - June 10, 2022
Deadline for submission of application and admission requirements: June 10, 2022
Interview Period: May 26 - June 30, 2022
Enrollment Period for First Years: July 1 - 9, 2022
Delayed Enrollment for First Years: July 11 – 13, 2022
Freshmen Orientation, Introduction to Law & Intro to Law Exam (mandatory for all First Year students)
Freshmen Orientation: July 18 – 19, 2022
Introduction to Law: July 20 – 21, 2022
Intro to Law Exam: July 23, 2022
Class Sessions: August 1 – December 7, 2022