Summary of Contents:

1. PJP Policies
2. Admission Policies
3. Requirements for Admission
4. Admission Process
5. Instructions for accepted applicants

PJP Policies:

  1. The Pre-Judicature Program is oriented towards a career in the judiciary. It provides participants with judicial perspective to the law and introduces them to the skills, attitudes, values and competence necessary for appointment to the Bench.
  2. Completion of the program constitutes full compliance with the MCLE requirements for the current compliance period.
  3. Participants are given a Written Evaluative Exercise (WEE) at the end of the program. Result of the WEE will be officially mailed to the participants.
  4. The Academy construes “satisfactory completion” of the PJP under Section 10 of Republic Act No. 8557 as having obtained a passing mark in the WEE and attended the entire program. The rating of the participant is broken down as follows:
    1. Attendance – 30%
    2. WEE – 70%
  5. Under the Rules of the Judicial and Bar Council, Rule 3, Section 1. Guidelines in determining competence.- In determining the competence of the applicant or recommendee for appointment, the Council shall consider his educational preparation, experience, performance and other accomplishments including the completion of the Pre-Judicature Program of the Philippine Judicial Academy; provided, however, that in places where the number of applicants or recommendees is insufficient and the prolonged vacancy in the court concerned will prejudice the administration of justice, strict compliance with the requirements of completion of the pre-judicature program shall be deemed directory. (Effective 12-1-03).
  6. Graduates of the PJP, who meet the Academy’s standards and upon favorable endorsement of the Chancellor, earn fifteen (15) units towards the Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degree at the San Beda College Graduate School of Law.

Admission Policies:

  1. Applicants for admission to the Pre-Judicature Program (PJP) must be a member of the Philippine Bar.
  2. Applicants must complete all requirements.
  3. All qualified applicants must pay the registration fee in full and in cash via deposit to the Landbank-PJP account within two days from notice via email. The lawyer-applicant is required to email a scanned copy of the validated deposit slip as proof of payment to the PJP Secretariat at within the same period.Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  4. Registration fee covers meals (AM and PM Snacks and lunch), seminar kit and materials from resource persons.
  5. Online application period for the 52nd PJP (March 16 to 27, 2020) starts on January 13, 2020 and shall close when the maximum allowable number of participants is reached.
  6. Online Registration Forms submitted beyond the prescribed application period will not be processed.
  7. Submission of Registration Forms do not automatically qualify applicants to PJP. Complete applications will still be evaluated by the Chief of Academic Affairs for admission.
  8. Applicants who are issued Assessment Slips can proceed with the registration process.
  9. The Academy reserves the right to decline applicants who do not meet the requirements and/or failed to complete the registration process within the prescribed period.

Requirements for Admission:

  1. Accomplished PJP electronic Registration Form
  2. Full payment of Registration Fee. As per A.M. No. 19-06-11-SC-PHILJA (Re: Increase in the Registration Fees for the Pre-Judicature Program from Ten Thousand Pesos [₱10,000.00] to Fifteen Thousand Pesos [₱15,000.00] for Lawyers in Government Service, and from Eleven Thousand Pesos [₱11,000.00] to Sixteen Thousand Five Hundred Pesos [₱16,500.00] for Those in Private Practice.)

Admission Process:

  1. Application for the 52nd PJP via phone call or SMS will not be entertained.
  2. All applicants must fill out the PJP electronic Registration Form.
  3. An Assessment Slip will be emailed by the PJP Secretariat to qualified applicants.
  4. Qualified applicants must print the Assessment Slip.
  5. Payment should be deposited to PHILJA’s Landbank Account. The scanned copy of the deposit slip must be emailed by qualified applicants to .
  6. The Academy will email a copy of the receipt for payment and issue the Official Receipt to the qualified applicants on the first day of the seminar.
  7. Once proof of payment has been duly submitted by qualified applicants, a Letter of Admission will be issued through email.
  8. A print-out of the Letter of Admission must be presented on the first day of the PJP.

Instructions for accepted applicants:

  1. All participants must daily sign the attendance roll before the morning and afternoon sessions.
  2. All participants must be at the lecture hall ten (10) minutes before the start of the sessions.
  3. This is a live-out seminar. Participants must be responsible for promptly going to the venue for the whole duration of the PJP.
  4. Attendance in all the sessions is obligatory. Absence in any lecture, or interrupted attendance, will disqualify a participant from receiving the Certificate of Completion.
  5. All participants must accomplish daily the MCLE forms and submit the same to the PJP secretariat.
  6. All participants are enjoined to give their undivided attention during Lectures and Open Fora.
  7. Mobile phones must be turned off or put on silent mode during all sessions.
  8. All participants should wear their PHILJA-issued IDs visibly at all times.
  9. All participants must wear business attire in all sessions. Wearing of maong pants and rubber shoes is not allowed.
  10. Participants must abide by the MCLE on use of gadgets.

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