Every LL.M. student is required to prepare and defend a thesis on a subject of law which is considered novel, and requires extensive discussion and analysis of legal principles and cases relevant to the thesis proposal, which demonstrates the candidate’s “individual,original research and scholarship that seeks to advance the limits of human knowledge” in the field of International Law. The preparation of the thesis is supervised by an Adviser chosen by the LL.M. track head who is a Faculty Member of the Ateneo Law School.

The LL. M. thesis must be based on a previously approved thesis proposal by the Thesis Committee and International LL.M. track committee head involving a novel question of law of International Law significance, and contained in at least 100 pages.

Once the thesis is completed and certified by the Thesis Adviser as ready for defense, the student is required to defend his/her thesis before a panel of three (3) persons considered experts in the relevant field of law, who may or may not be members of the Ateneo Law School.

The thesis preparation and defense is graded numerically, and carries academic credit of six (6) units, and only computed as part of the general average upon graduation.