Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City will be among seven (7) testing sites in the country for the first ever Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT) scheduled to be administered on April 16, 2017. PhiLSAT is a centralized aptitude test that will measure the student’s academic potential to pursue the study of law.
Meanwhile, those aspiring law students can start registering online tomorrow, March 2, 2017 when the PhiLSAT online registration site www.cem-inc.org.ph/philsat/ will be activated. Complete details and instructions are also available on the site.
Starting the school year 2017-2018, law schools in the country will not be allowed to enroll students who did not take the PhiLSAT. However, students who do not meet the passing score of 55 percent can still enroll in the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor programs of the school.
Only those holders of a four-year bachelor’s degree, expecting to graduate with four-year bachelors degree before the next academic year, and graduates of foreign higher education institutions with degrees equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree are qualified to take the PhilSAT.
It can be recalled that the Legal Education Board (LEB) issued Memorandum Order No. 7, series of 2016 dated December 29, 2016, prescribing for a nationwide uniform law schools admission test for applicants to the basic law courses in all law schools in the country. The said memo is in compliance to Section 7 (e) of Republic Act No. 7662 or the “Legal Education Reform Act of 1993” which provides one of the LEB’s mandates as stated below:
“to prescribe the minimum standards for law admission and minimum qualifications and compensation of faculty members.”