Posted by: Elmer Brabante | March 2, 2011

Law Degree Equivalent to Master’s Degree


Republic of the Philippines

 Supreme Court

 Manila   

MEMORANDUM

FOR:  All Concerned Office
   

For your information, attached is a photocopy of the letter dated February 19, 2001 of Ms. Ester A. Garcia, Chairperson, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) informing the Honorable Chief Justice that the CHED has accredited the degree of Bachelor of Laws with corresponding Bar eligibility as equivalent to a relevant Master’s Degree per its en banc Resolution No. 038-2001, a copy of which is likewise attached. Parenthetically, the said Resolution includes the degree of Doctor of Medicine with corresponding board eligibility as equivalent to a relevant Master’s degree.

March 15, 2001
  

EDEN T. CANDELARIA

Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief Administrative Officer     

 

Copy furnished:

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    Philippine Judicial Academy
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Republic of the Philippines

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION    
   

February 19, 2001

HONORABLE HILARIO DAVIDE, JR.
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of the Philippines
Padre Faura Street corner Taft Avenue
Ermita, Manila

Dear Chief Justice Davide:

I am pleased to inform your good office of the en banc decision of the Commission on Higher Education on the accreditation of Bachelor of Laws (LI.B.) with bar eligibility as equivalent to a relevant Master’s Degree per attached Resolution No. 038, Series of 2001. The rationale behind this is that Bachelor of Laws is a higher degree requiring completion of a first bachelor’s degree before proceeding to the professional degree program.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) as per Memorandum Circular No. 1-A, Series of 1997, likewise recognizes degree holders of Bachelor of Laws with bar eligibility for permanent appointment to Division Chief positions provided that applicants meet other requirements of the post. This is further supported by an earlier ruling of the CSC which considers an applicant who is at least a holder of a Master’s Degree qualified for the post of Division Chief.

In view of the above CHED policy and rationale, any other master’s degree earned by the individual relative to the discipline of law is considered equivalent to a second or third Master’s degree as the case may be.

Thank you and best regards.

   

Very truly yours,     

ESTER A. GARCIA

Chairperson

 

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Responses

  1. Hi, just for clarification lang po, when it says “degree holders of Bachelor of Laws with bar eligibility”, does it refer to a lawyer already? Thanks!

    • Nope, it means that you are eligible to take the bar

    • “A degree holders of Bachelor of Laws with bar eligibility” means a graduate of Ll.B. only. You have to pass the bar exam to become a lawyer. However, if u r a graduate of Ll.B., that means that u have an accreditation as to have a Master’s Degree. Enough said..

    • I presumed u’r a gov’t employee…& if u r, CSC Memo Circular res No. 030962 series of 2003. Completion of the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Doctor of Medicine from a CHED-recognized institution shall be considered appropriate education for appointment to division chief positions or positions requiring a master’s degree the duties of which do not involve practice of profession covered by the bar/board laws.

      • Yes, sir. I am a government employee. Thanks for the info :)

  2. Yes. One should have passed the Bar to take the credit.

  3. are you sure?

  4. are you sure sir? as per inquiry with the CSC, a law degree, bar passer or not is condsidered as master’s degree, providied that the position does not require a an R.A. 1080 BAr/Board eligibility.

  5. Please check out clarificatory memo of CHED re the matter: CMO 18, S.2002. It says that LLB degree alone does not make one equivalent to a holder of Master’s degree. One must pass the Bar first.

    Sorry, it broke my heart too. I am an instructor in college.

    • Hi, please check CSC MC No. 14, Series 2013. It says one only has to complete the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Doctor of Medicine from a CHED-recognized institution.

  6. For purposes of meeting QS for a positions in the government, “Completion of the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Doctor of Medicine from a CHED recognized institution shall be considered appropriate education for appointment to division chief positions or positions requiring a master’s degree the duties of which do not involve practice of profession covered by bar/board laws.” (Item No. 9, Part II of CSC C 3, s. 2003)

    • Hi Jez. Can you provide a link to this csc c3, s. 2003? Thanks.

    • approved on this sir

  7. For purposes of meeting QS for positions in the government, “Completion of the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Doctor of Medicine from a CHED recognized institution shall be considered appropriate education for appointment to division chief positions or positions requiring a master’s degree the duties of which do not involve practice of profession covered by bar/board laws.” (Item No. 9, Part II of CSC C 3, s. 2003)

  8. since division chiefs is a second level position, a graduate of law and medicine is not automatically qualified if he doesn’t have a 2nd level eligibility. . right?

  9. I am searching for my assignment and found your blog post ( Law Degree Equivalent to Master’s Degree ) on google search your post is informative an give me lots knowledge for my current assignment thanks for sharing such a wonderful information keep updating share the knowledge whole world including me.

  10. pls. notify me clearly whether or not a graduate of law is synonymous to masters degree. i have to be sure about this matter for me to apply for promotions or not. thanks and GOD BE WITH US!

  11. csc resolution no. 030962 dated 12 september 2003 provides that “completion of the degrees of bachelor of laws and doctor of medicine a ched-recognized institution shall be considered appropriate education for appointment to division chief positions or positions requiring a master’s degree the duties of which do not involve practice of profession covered by bar/board laws.”

    • in addition, the civil service commission issued opinion no. 35 dated 27 january 2006 which states that “a graduate of bachelor of laws may be considered for appointment to a division chief position in the corporation including to that which is located in the legal department, provided that the subject position does not involve the practice of profession covered by bar/board laws.”

      so, the answer to the question is yes. a graduate of bachelor of laws, non-barrister may be considered equivalent to masteral degree.

  12. Just because a person is a lawyer or doctor does not mean they have gained the same intellectual aptitude as one who has gone through a master’s degree course. The learnings are different and specializations differ.

    • recognizes degree holders of Bachelor of Laws with bar eligibility for permanent appointment ……

      WITH BAR ELIGIBILITY….

  13. Ask lng po for clarification. Is a degree holder of bachelor of law can teach in a local university or colleges? is it also consider or equivalent to master’s degree? please help….


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