Fundamentals of Thesis Writing 1 unit (With introduction into the essence of the LL.M. Program)

An instructional guide to the preparation and writing of a thesis,with the objective of choosing a subject and drafting the outline for the thesis to be submitted and defended by the student as part of the requirement of the LL.M. program.

Introduction to the Philippine Hybrid Legal System 1 unit
(For foreign LL.M. students)

Required of all LL.M. students who have not obtained their law degree from a Philippine law school, this course is intended to facilitate an understanding of the role and significance of the Philippine hybrid legal system (a mixture of the civil law and the common law systems) in relation to the Judiciary. An overview of substantive areas of Philippine laws will also be discussed, such as,the structure of the government and judiciary, contract law, property ownership and bankruptcy, and constitutional interpretation.

Methods of Research and Statistics 1 unit

This course offers advance research methods for graduate students. In this course, the students are afforded ample theoretical foundation and adequate practical exposures in the undertaking of and application of inferential statistics, including sampling, estimation and probability, significance of differences, hypothesis testing, chi-square, simple regression and prediction, analysis of variance and special correlation methods.

Seminar on Contemporary Developments in International Law 2 units

This course provides a thorough discussion of general principles of international law, of the relationship between international law and municipal law and of the significance of international law in domestic legal orders, taking into account the specifics of various branches of international law. The focus of the course lies on the application of the rules of state responsibility for internationally wrongful acts and on dispute settlement procedures for international claims before international courts and tribunals in various branches of international law. Thematic issues are chosen based on current significance.

Seminar on Comparative Legal Studies 2 units

This course examines and compares the nature of law under common law systems and the “civil law” systems of continental Europe. Other legal systems briefly surveyed include those of Islamic states, indigenous customary laws and ASEAN member-states. It will encourage comparison among the students of their own national legal systems.