Top 10 Law Schools in the Philippines

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If you are considering taking up law in the Philippines, it is always a good thing to know the top ten law schools in the country. True, a huge percentage in one’s future success depends a great deal upon the student, but never underestimate the training offered by the country’s premier law schools in preparing one for the legal profession.


University of the Philippines
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The University of the Philippines College of Law is located in the UP Diliman Campus. Established in 1911, the school produced the likes of Philippine Presidents Jose P. Laurel, Manuel Roxas, Ferdinand Marcos and Elpidio Quirino, has produced the largest number of bar topnotchers, recorded one of the highest bar passing rates among law schools in the Philippines and produced no less than 12 Chief Justices of the Philippine Supreme Court.








San Beda College
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The San Beda College of Law, founded in 1948 has produced distinguished lawyers senators, justices and judges, and legal luminaries like Retired Justice of the Supreme Court Florenz Regalado. In 2004, the school became the partner of the Philippine Supreme Court and the Philippine Judicial Academy in establishing the Graduate School of Law which offers postgraduate studies on Philippine criminal justice as well as the country’s judicial system. The San Beda College of Law once again got the highest passing percentage in the 2009 Bar Examination at 94.21%. It also produced two top notchers for the same year; Reinier Paul Yebra and Charlene Mae Tapic placing first and second respectively. The main Law School is in Mendiola while the Annex is located in Alabang.







Ateneo de Manila University
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The Ateneo Law School opened on June 6, 1936, with Manuel Lim as the first Law Dean. In 1939, the first graduates took the Bar Examinations the law school produced its first bar topnotcher—the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Claudio M. Teehankee. Starting 1991, the school began conferring the degree of Juris Doctor (JD) on all its successful graduates. The JD program combines the core Bar subjects and a masters degree. Today, it is consistent in having the highest bar passing percentage among its graduates and producing bar top notchers.





Far Eastern University

The Far Eastern University Institute of Law (FEU-IL) or FEU Law is located in Sampaloc, Metro Manila, Philippines. Established in 1934 and therefore one of the oldest and most prestigious law schools in the Philippines, it is alma mater to the likes of former Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court Artemio Panganiban, Tomas P. Matic, Jr., Philippine Constitutional Commission of 1986 Delegate Jose Nolledo, former Majority House Leader Neptali Gonzales Jr. and Associate Justice of Sandiganbayan Edilberto Sandoval, to name but a few distinguished law graduates. The Institute boasts of having two Philippine Senate Presidents, namely Jovito Salonga and Neptali Gonzales to have served as its Law Deans. In 2003, the Institute teamed up with the De La Salle Graduate School of Business to offer the JD-MBA program, the country’s first graduate dual program in law and business administration in the country.

De La Salle University

The De La Salle Professional Schools and Far Eastern University MBA-JD Dual Degree Program or La Salle/FEU MBA-Law is a dual degree program offered by the De La Salle University Graduate School of Business in partnership with the established Far Eastern University Institute of Law. The program takes after the double degree programs offered in the United States. The school graduated its first batch of law graduates in 2008. The program enjoyed a passing rate of 77% (ranking number 4 among the law schools in terms of passing percentage) and has produced 24 lawyers to date.

Ateneo de Davao University

The Ateneo de Davao University, like the one in Manila, is a Jesuit-run institution. In June 1961, the the College of Law was established by then Rector, Rev. Hudson Mitchell S.J with an initial sixteen students. The first graduates took the bar examinations in 1965 and as of 2008, the law school has produced 837 lawyers. Among its top ten Bar Examinees are Hildegardo F. Iñigo, Jesus G. Dureza and Ruben V. Abarquez, to name a few.

University of San Carlos

The University of San Carlos located in Cebu City is the oldest school in the country. It was established by Spanish Jesuits in 1595, and governed by the Society of the Divine Word since 1935. According to the Philippine Supreme Court’s Statistical data, the USC College of Law has been consistently in the Top 10 Law Schools and placed 2nd and 4th to Ateneo de Manila University in the 2005 and 2006 Bar Exams, respectively and 4th in the 2006 Bar exams (based on new candidates). Among its famous bar top 10 takers is Jennie Cabading-Aclan who averaged 82.10 percent in the 2007 Bar. According to an article written by former Chief Justice Panganiban, the school is one of the top performing schools in the Philippines for the last 10 years.

University of Santo Tomas

The Faculty of Civil Law is the oldest lay faculty in the University of Santo Tomas (located in Manila) and in the Philippines. It was founded on September 2, 1734, ever faithful to this day in producing practical and top-notch Catholic lawyers. The school has produced the likes of former presidents Manuel L. Quezon, Jose P. Laurel, Sergio Osmeña, and Diosdado Macapagal and six chief Justices, namely Victorio Mapa, Cayetano Arellano, Ramon Avanceña, Manuel Araullo, Andres P. Narvasa and Roberto Conception. The school offers a Masters of Law Degree as well as a Doctor of Civil Law degree—so far the only one in the country.


University of the Cordilleras

Baguio Colleges, as the University of the Cordilleras was earlier known, pioneered in tertiary education in the mountain highlands of the Cordillera region amidst devastation in and around Baguio City after the Second World War.

Despite a pessimistic outlook and the bleak prospects pervading the climate of any undertaking at that time, Atty. Benjamin R. Salvosa envisioned Baguio City as a university town. With such vision, he undauntedly pursued a noble mission by founding a college.

Today, the University of the Cordilleras caters to more than 15,000 students coming from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions I and II, as well as from neighboring provinces in Luzon. Course offerings range from graduate studies, law, arts and sciences, nursing, engineering and architecture, commerce and secretarial, teacher education, computer science, technical courses, elementary and high school. The UC College of Law believes that law forms the core of our social and personal lives. It is the linchpin, the amicus vitae of all government and society.

The UC College of Law believes that the life of law is not logic; the life of law is experience, for law embodies the story of a nation's development through the centuries.

The College of Law believes in the overriding principle that governs the practice of law and the administration of justice - the deep commitment and adherence to TRUTH and JUSTICE, values which have remained constant and immutable through the years. For without TRUTH there can never be JUSTICE.

"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free"

UC College of Law stands foursquare on the principle that justice is truth in action. We believe that in all human conflicts, truth and righteousness shall ultimately prevail.

No one who loves the law loves injustice - but the law exists to protect all that bow before its majesty or not. The College of Law is oriented to the philosophy of lifelong learning dedicated to service.


Mission and Vision

The philosophy, vision, mission and objectives of the College of Law are in consonance with the purposes of the Legal Education of the Philippines and with the vision, mission and goals of the University of the Cordilleras.

Vision

The new millennium will witness the dawning of the Age of University in almost all phases of human activity. As people and nations slowly and irreversibly move towards borderless transactions in international trade and commerce, and towards increasing multilateral cooperation in the development of science and technology, health, medicine, education, diplomacy and all other human faculties, there will be an increasing demand for "global lawyers" who are attuned to these competitive times, and who will be learned in the contemporary discipline of brokering peace, understanding and cooperation among diverse societies.

The field of law will be one of the frontiers in this global march towards social oneness for it shall be the men and women of law who will lay down the new rules of engagement for all human intercourse in the 21st century - and beyond.

There will come in the future, an international community of legal scholars whose wisdom and intercession shall become the fiber of the emerging global culture. Invariably, some of these legal scholars will be Filipinos, and most of them will be graduates of the University of the Cordilleras College of Law.

There will be others of course, and of these others, most of them would have been trained by graduates of the UC College of Law, for UC College of Law shall become a Center of Excellence in Global Understanding in Law.

Mission

The UC College of Law believes in its solemn duty to train men and women in the study of Law, who would be confronted with the challenges of the legal practice and will become part of the living canvass into which the stories of lives, impressions, prejudices, memories and fleeting passions are interwoven and transformed through them by the courts into judgments of a legal significance to be carried over into the future as regulatory precepts for the good ordering of society.


University of Perpetual Help Rizal

The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA is co-educational and is non-sectarian learning institution. It was established in 1975 as the University of Perpetual Help Rizal, and later renamed the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA. In 2000, the UPHR College of Law was declared the third best school, out of the 10 Best Law Schools in the Bar. According to an article written by former Chief Justice Panganiban, the school is one of the top performing schools in the Philippines for the last five years.


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