College of Law

Step-by-step guide for admissions and enrolment

Students who are enrolling for the first time (including new college graduates with Special Order (SO), or transferees from other law schools) should see the Office of the Dean of College of Law or visit www.smu.edu.ph  for the admission requirements. 

A. For New Students and Transferees:

A.1  In-Campus/Walk-in Enrolment

Step 1: Guidance and Testing Office

  • Select and click program/course to enroll
  • Read SMU Data Privacy Policy and click “accept”
  • Fill-out the online admission form and attach pictures of entrance credentials, then click “submit”.
  • Check your email for the approved subjects, assessed fees and payment options.

Step 3: Office of the Dean of College of Law

  • Submits hard copies of all required documents for admission
  • Passes the interview with the Dean

Step 4: Treasury and Accounting Office

  • Gets queuing number 
  • Settles the school fees at the Cashier’s window

Step 5: Office of the University Registrar (OUR) or any designated place during enrollment period

  • Prints the Student Copy and Registrar’s Copy of enrolment form

Step 6: SMUNet Office or any designated place for ID processing

  • Presents copy of enrolment form
  • Waits turn for picture taking for school ID   

A.2  Online Enrolment

Step 1: Guidance and Testing Office

  • Takes the Entrance Exam

Step 2:  Go to SMU website by typing www.smu.edu.ph in your internet browser.

Step 3:  Click “esmis-School Management Information System”.

Step 4:  Select and click course to enroll. 

Step 5:  Read SMU Data Privacy Policy and click “accept”.

Step 6:  Fill-out the online admission form and attach pictures of entrance credentials, then click “submit”.

Step 7:  Check your email for the approved subjects and assessed fees.

Step 8:  Pay tuition fee/down payment through SMU bank accounts (BDO, PNB, BPI or Metrobank) or via Paymaya, GCash, Palawan Express,LBC, JRS, MLhuillier, CEbuana Lhuillier.

Step 9:  Send picture of proof of payment (remittance or bank deposite slip) to treasury@smu.edu.ph or to Saint Mary’s University Accounting Office  m.me/SMUtreasury facebook or messenger account.

Step 10:  Wait for enrolment status/ finalization via email. 

 

B.FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS

B.1 In-Campus/Walk-in Enrolment

Step 1:  Go to SMU Website (www.smu.edu.ph)

  • Click “esmis-School Management Information System”
  • Select and click program/course to enroll
  • Read SMU Data Privacy Policy and click “accept”
  • Check your email for the approved subjects, assessed fees and payment options.

Step 2: Treasury and Accounting Office

  • Gets queuing number 
  • Settles the school fees at the Cashier’s window

Step 3: Office of the University Registrar (OUR) or any designated place during enrollment period

  • Prints the Student Copy and Registrar’s Copy of enrolment form

          Step 4: SMUNet Office or any designated place for ID processing (for 3rd year students)

  • Presents copy of enrolment form
  • Waits turn for picture taking for school ID   

B.2  Online Enrolment

Step 1:  Open SMU website by typing www.smu.edu.ph in your internet browser.
Step 2:  Click “esmis-School Management Information System”.

Step 3:  Select and click course to enroll. 

Step 4:  Read SMU Data Privacy Policy and click “accept”.

Step 5:  Check your email for the approved subjects and assessed fees.

Step 6:  Pay tuition fee/down payment through SMU bank accounts (BDO, PNB, BPI or Metrobank) or via Paymaya, GCash, Palawan Express,LBC, JRS, MLhuillier, CEbuana Lhuillier,.

Step 7:  Send picture of proof of payment (remittance or bank deposite slip) to treasury@smu.edu.ph or to Saint Mary’s University Accounting Office  m.me/SMUtreasury facebook or messenger account.

Step 8:  Wait for enrolment status/ finalization via email. 

 

CONTACT PERSON/DETAILS:

COLLEGE OF LAW FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A.    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. What are the admission requirements to the Juris Doctor Program?

 

a. INCOMING FIRST YEARS

   1.) If your last school attended is Saint Mary’s University, these are the requirements:

      • Latest Official Transcript of Records (Photocopy- 2 copies)
      • PSA generated Birth Certificate (Photocopy- 2 copies)
      • PSA generated Marriage Certificate (Photocopy- 2 copies)- for Married FemaleStudents1 pc each
      • 1×1 and 2×2 ID Picture
      • Entrance Exam (Testing Fee – P350.00) – Guidance Office*
      • Php 3,000.00 upon enrollment
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation from a former Supervisor/ Head, Teacher or persons with reputable character

2.) If your last school attended is a different Higher Education Institution, these are the requirements:

     (This also applies to SMU Graduates who had further studies in other HEI’s, e.g. Graduate Studies or second courses).

 

      • Honorable Dismissal/ Transfer Credentials from school last attended (with remarks, “Copy for Saint Mary’s University”, “Granted Transfer Credentials” or “Granted Honorable Dismissal”
      • Official Transcript of Records from school last attended (Photocopy- 2 copies) (if TC is not yet available)
      • PSA generated Birth Certificate (Photocopy- 2 copies)
      • PSA generated Marriage Certificate (Photocopy- 2 copies)- for Married Female Students
      • 1 pc each- 1×1 and 2×2 ID Picture
      • Entrance Exam (Testing Fee – P350.00) – Guidance Office*
      • Php 3,000.00 upon enrollment
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation from a former Supervisor/ Head, Teacher or persons with reputable character

b. TRANSFEREES

 

      • Honorable Dismissal/ Transfer Credentials from school last attended (with remarks, “Copy for Saint Mary’s University”, “Granted Transfer Credentials” or “Granted Honorable Dismissal”
      • Official Transcript of Records from school last attended (Photocopy- 2 copies) (if TC is not yet available)
      • PSA generated Birth Certificate (Photocopy- 2 copies)
      • PSA generated Marriage Certificate (Photocopy- 2 copies)- for Married Female Students
      • 1 pc each- 1×1 and 2×2 ID Picture
      • Entrance Exam (Testing Fee – P350.00) – Guidance Office*
      • Php 3,000.00 upon enrollment
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation from a former Supervisor/ Head, Teacher or persons with reputable character

 

NOTE: Transferees are subject to GWA Evaluation and Interview prior to enrollment.

 

 

 

c. REFRESHERS

 

      • Certified True Copy of your latest Official Transcript of Records from school last attended (2 copies)
      • PSA generated Birth Certificate (Photocopy- 2 copies)
      • PSA generated Marriage Certificate (Photocopy- 2 copies)- for Married Female Students
      • 1 pc each- 1×1 and 2×2 ID Picture
      • Entrance Exam (Testing Fee – P350.00) – Guidance Office*
      • Php 3,000.00 upon enrollment

 

*With the current COVID 19 pandemic, the University Entrance Examination is waived.

 

  1. SCHOLARSHIPS

 

      Entrance Scholarships are full-tuitional scholarship grants during their first semester in the SMU College of Law which are given to Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude graduates in their pre-law baccalaureate degree. Honor graduates who availed of this privilege in SMU or in other schools prior to their enrolment in the SMU College of Law are no longer eligible for this scholarship grant.

 

     NOTE: Scholarship applications are subject to prior evaluation and deliberation of the Committee on Scholarships, Grants and Awards.

  1. Am I required to submit the hard copies of my requirements?

Yes, you are required to submit all your documentary requirements. You may submit in campus (while strictly following University health guidelines), or, if you are residing outside Nueva Vizcaya, you may send the documents through courier service addressed to:

                RUBIE M. BERNARDINO

  College of Law,

  Saint Mary’s University,

  Bayombong 3700, Nueva Vizcaya

  1. How do I send my documents for initial evaluation?

You may email the scanned copies of your latest OTR (including records from all schools attended) to docs_law@smu.edu.ph. We will update you as soon as you are evaluated.

  1. What if I lack the academic requirements (18 units English, 18 units Social Sciences, 6 units Math)? will I still be allowed to enroll?

 

Yes, you will still be allowed to enroll but you will be admitted on probation. Furthermore, you are required to enroll the academic deficiencies on the Midyear Term of the current Academic Year in compliance with Legal Education Board Resolution No. 18 dated 23 August 2011 and Section 16 of LEB Memorandum Order No. 1 Series of 2011.

 

  1. I am currently enrolled in Graduate studies in SMU (or another HEI). Can I enroll my Master’s Degree and Juris Doctor simultaneously?

No, this is prohibited.

  1. I am not a Political Science or Accountancy graduate. Can I still enroll?

Yes, the Juris Doctor Program does not require any specific pre-law degree.

 

B. IN CAMPUS AND ONLINE (ESMIS) ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES

 

  1. How do I enroll online?

 

Visit the SMU website (www.smu.edu.ph) and click on eSMIS- School Management Information System. For new students, read carefully the Data Privacy Agreement and fill up the information needed. A registration notice will be sent to you by our Admissions officer. Open your registration and proceed with your enrollment. For old students, log in your eSMIS accounts and select your subjects.

          Please take note that even if you will enroll in campus, you must register at eSMIS first. Your registration in eSMIS affects the release of your electronic test permits, and your access to your Learning Management System portal.

2. Can I still enroll in campus?

Given the current COVID 19 pandemic situation, online enrollment is much encouraged. However, you may still enroll in campus provided you have initially registered in the eSMIS. Strict health protocols must also be observed.

 

3. How do I know if I have successfully registered to eSMIS?

 

A registration notice will be sent to you by our Admissions officer. Open your registration and proceed with your enrollment.

4. How will I know if my subjects are approved?

 

    After the encoding and approval of your subjects in the  SMU Information System (SIS), the Dean’s secretary will email you a PDF copy of your approved subjects with your assessed fees. Initial payment must be made within seven (7) days, thereafter.

5. PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

 

After the approval of your subjects, a registration fee of Php 3,000.00 must be made to finalize your enrollment. You may pay in campus or online thru the following payment channels:

6. How will I know if I am already officially enrolled?

 

If you paid your registration fee in campus, you may have your official Enrollment form printed at the Office of the University Registrar.

If you made an online payment, send the payment confirmation to the Accounting Office email address, treasury@smu.edu.ph or their messenger account m.me/SMUtreasury (SMU Accounting Office PB Page 2) for verification. Please note that online transfer usually takes 2 to 3 days verification. Upon confirmation of your payment by the Accounting Office staff, they will send your enrollment finalization through email. This states that you are now officially enrolled.

 

7. How do I add, drop or change subjects?

 

You can only file for Petition to add, drop or change subjects after you have made your initial deposit and your enrollment has been finalized. You can add, drop or change subjects by logging in to your eSMIS  account and click “Petition to Add/ Drop Subjects” and comment the subjects you would like to add, drop or change. Petition fees apply.

 

8. How much is the petition fee?

 

The petition fee for adding subjects, is Php 20.00 per petition. While petition to drop and/or change subject is Php. 100.00. Please note that, depending on the date of filing for petition to drop subjects, a particular percentage of your tuition fee may be charged. Please see the table below:

9. How would I know if my petitioned subjects were approved?

 

After the encoding and approval of your subjects in the SMU Information System (SIS), the Dean’s secretary will email you a PDF copy of your updated list of approved subjects with your updated assessed fees.

 

10. When is my dropping considered Authorized Withdrawal and Unauthorized Withdrawal?

 

As per the approved amendment last March 8, 2021,

                “A student who drops a subject is marked either with an AUTHORIZED WITHDRAWAL (AW) or UNAUTHORIZED WITHDRAWAL (UW). The date of dropping should be indicated in the grades submitted.

 

“AW means officially dropped, that is, the student’s dropping from class was approved by the Dean based on allowed reasons as supported by documentary evidence. The corresponding petition form was submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The application for AW should be filed within the following periods:

 

“A mark of UW is given if the officially enrolled student is dropped due to non-appearance or due to absences beyond the maximum allowed during the semester or filed a withdrawal beyond the allowable period.”

 

C. LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS) AND my.smu ACCOUNT CONCERNS

 

  1. My enrollment was already finalized. However, I have not received an email regarding my LMS account details yet. What should I do?

 

Before the start of classes, make sure that you have your LMS account details sent to you via email by CICT. In the event that you have not yet received any, notify CICT by clicking the messenger icon in the lower right corner of your eSMIS screen.

 

  1. My subjects are under the “My Courses” tab. However, when I click on the subject, it says, “You cannot enter this course.” What should I do?

 

Your professors are the ones who will enroll you in your subjects in the LMS, provided that you are officially enrolled in the subject. If this situation occurs, this means that you were not yet enrolled by your professors in the subjects wherein this certain comment appears. You may contact your professors regarding this matter.

 

  1. There are no subjects in my dashboard or under “My Courses” tab. Help!

 

If this is the case, notify CICT by clicking the messenger icon in the lower right corner of your eSMIS screen. Once you click the said icon, you are directed to a messenger box wherein you will type and send your concern. CICT will contact you or continue to visit your LMS and check whether your subjects are updated. You may also reach CICT at their messenger account m.me/saintmarysuniversity or their contact number 0977-153-0566.

 

  1. I don’t have a my.smu.edu.ph account. Who will I contact?

 

Your my.smu.edu.ph account is where you track your grades and account balances. It is your personal account in the SMU database. If you don’t have an account yet, you may contact CICT and ask for your log in details. You may also reach CICT at their messenger account m.me/saintmarysuniversity or their contact number 0977-153-0566.

 

  1. How can I view my grades in my past semesters?

 

You may view your grades in you past subjects through your my.smu.edu.ph account or the Saint Mary’s University mobile app which is accessible to Android users. You just need your ID number that serves as your username and your password. In the SMU app, you can access the following:

6. My LMS isn’t loading and is displaying an error message. What should I do?

 

Usually, this is due to heavy cookies and cache. Thus, if this happens, clear your cookies and cache in the “Clear Browsing Data” in the Tools of your browser

D. Tuition and Miscellaneous Fees

 

    1. How much are the Tuition and Miscellaneous fees in the College of Law?

 

The tuition fee is at Php. 1,000.00 per unit while the miscellaneous fees range from around Php 4,000.00 to Php 5,500.00.

 

    1. How can I view my Statement of Accounts and current balance?

 

Just like your Grades, you may also access your statement of accounts in your my.smu account or in the SMU mobile application. Log in with your ID number and password and select “Account”

E. REQUEST OF DOCUMENTS

 

    1. Requirements for the Petition to take the Bar Examinations

 

The following documents may be requested for the application of Petition to take the Bar Examinations in campus or online. The online form links are stated herein.

a.  FOR FIRST TAKERS

1.) Certification Issued by the School Registrar and Duly noted by the Law Dean attesting that the Applicant Graduated from a four (4) year law course and that his/ her name is included in the LEB               Certification;
2.) Certificate of No Derogatory Record.

 

Jotform link: https://form.jotform.com/210667136272050

 

b. FOR REFRESHERS

1.) Certification by each individual Professor per subject;
2.) Certification issued by the School Registrar and duly noted by the Law Dean stating that the Professors are bona fide professors of the law school/ University.

 

Jotform link: https://form.jotform.com/210667572243052

 

 

c. OTHER DOCUMENTS:

 

1.) Certification of the Dean for Villasis Review Center

2.) Certification of the Dean for Chan Robles Review Center

 

Jotform link: https://form.jotform.com/210667136272050

 

For further queries, you may reach us through the following contact details:

 

ATTY. MARIE JOY PAYUMO-SALGADO, Ll. M.

Academic Dean, College of Law

Saint Mary’s University,

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Tel. No.: (078) 321-4457

Contact No.; 0936-286-7271 (TM)/ 0961-870-8405 (Smart)

Email: law@smu.edu.ph

 

RUBIE M. BERNARDINO

Secretary to the Dean, College of Law

Saint Mary’s University,

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Tel. No.: (078) 321-4457

Contact No.; 0936-286-7271 (TM)/ 0961-870-8405 (Smart)

Email: rbernardino@smu.edu.ph, docs_law@smu.edu.ph (for documents submission only)

 

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