Far Eastern University Institute of Law
|Far Eastern University Institute of Law|
Official Seal of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law
|Motto||"Love of Fatherland and God"|
1934 (Bachelor of Laws)2003 (MBA-JD)
|President||Michael M. Alba|
|Dean||Melencio S. Sta Maria, Jr., LL.M.|
|Location||, Metro Manila,
|Hymn||"The FEU Hymn" by Nick Joaquin|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
|Affiliations||Philippine Association of Law Schools|
The Far Eastern University Institute of Law (also known as FEU Law or the Institute of Law) is a private, coed Legal Education Board-accredited law school of the Far Eastern University. Facilities for its main program, Bachelor of Laws, is currently on the historic campus of the University in Nicanor Reyes St., Manila, although there is a plan to transfer the same to Makati.
The Far Eastern University Institute of Law was formally established by Nicanor Reyes Sr. in 1934, the same year that the Far Eastern University was founded following the merger of the Far Eastern College and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance (IABF). The Institute of Law would grow by leaps and bounds to become one of today’s oldest and most respected law schools in the country.
Dubbed in the past as the “poor man’s law school”, the humble resources of the Institute did not prevent it from producing legal luminaries and scholars, one of whom is Retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban who is known as the Renaissance Jurist of the 21st Century; the Far Eastern University Institute of Law is one of only five law schools which has produced a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a distinction shared only with Manila Law College Foundation (formerly Escuela de Derecho de Manila), Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas and the University of the Philippines. Manuel G. Montecillo, another alumnus of the Institute, holds a record of having obtained one of the highest grades in the history of the Philippine Bar having attained 95.5 in 1948.
In 1970, six out of the top ten placers in the Bar Exams were graduates of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law. The excellent 1970 track record of the Institute was broken only in 1984—that is, after 14 years—by the Ateneo School of Law when it garnered 7 slots in the Top Ten.
The Institute of Law has produced the most number of bar topnotchers, next to the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippine Law School, and University of Manila. It also has the unique distinction of having two Philippine Senate Presidents who served as Dean: Jovito Salonga (1956-1963) and Neptali Gonzales (1976-1986). Currently, the deanship is held by Atty. Melencio "Mel" Sta. Maria, a known media host and author of law books.
In 2003, the Institute teamed up with the De La Salle Graduate School of Business to offer the JD-MBA program, the first graduate dual program in law and business administration in the country. See Academic Programs: Legal Education for All.
In 2011, based on the Bar Examinations passing rate from 2001 to 2010, the Legal Education Board recognized the Far Eastern University Institute of Law as the Fourth Most Outstanding Law School in the country.
Academic Programs: Legal Education for All
The Institute of Law prides itself in providing quality legal education at an affordable cost. The task may seem challenging, but the Institute endeavors to be a law school that is a haven of the working but deserving class.
In 2003, the Institute teamed-up with the De La Salle Professional Schools-Ramon V. Del Rosario, Sr. Graduate School of Business (DLSPS) to offer the MBA-JD Dual Degree Program, which is the country’s first post-graduate dual degree program in business and law. This 5-year dual degree program is offered on a trimestral basis at the RCBC Towers, Makati campus. It prepares students to approach problems from the perspectives of both a business executive and a lawyer and is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the two disciplines.
The Institute of Law is housed in the Law Building of the University. It has bar review rooms and a moot court apart from its state-of-the art classrooms. The JD-MBA, on the other hand, holds classes in the fifth and twenty-fifth floors of RCBC Plaza in Makati City.
- Atty. Melencio "Mel" Sta. Maria is the current Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law. He comes with 27 years of teaching experience at the Ateneo de Manila School of Law, where he taught Public Corporation Law, Public International Law, Wills and Succession and Contract Drafting.Apart from being a bar reviewer in Civil Law and an awardee of various professorial chairs, he has also written three important textbooks: Persons and Family Relations Law, Court Procedures in Family Law Cases, and Obligations and Contracts: Text and Cases. He frequently lends his expertise as an expert-witness in the field of Philippine Contract Law in international arbitration cases. Atty. Sta Maria holds a Master of Laws in Banking Law from the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies at Boston University’s School of Law. He completed his Bachelor of Laws with honors at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he also previously learned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is also TV5's resident legal analyst and co-anchor on Relasyon, a media program aired at Radyo Singko.
- Andres D. Bautista is the immediate past Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law. He is a Bar Reviewer in Constitutional Law at the National Bar Review Consortium, Lecturer in Constitutional Law and Project Finance at the Ateneo Law School and Far Eastern University Institute of Law, a Trustee of the Philippine Judicial Academy, Member of the Supreme Court Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters, Member of the Governing Board of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Office, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Philippine Constitution Association, as well as Director and Corporate Secretary of the British Chamber of Commerce. On April 24, 2010, Atty. Bautista has been named Chair of the Presidential Commission on Good Government.
- Antonio H. Abad, Jr. is a homegrown Tamaraw lawyer. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the Far Eastern University Institute of Law in 1963 where he graduated cum laude. In the same year, he took the Bar Examinations where he placed 10th among the bar topnotchers. As a practicing lawyer, he founded the Antonio H. Abad & Associates, which handles cases of various corporations. He is the present Dean of the Adamson University and the former Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law. He is a Law Professorial Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University and Adamson University, Bar Reviewer in Labor Law at the University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University, Lecturer, University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, University of the Philippines School of Labor & Industrial Relations- Workers Institute on Labor Laws and the University of the Philippines Law Center. Dean Abad is the author of books entitled “Compendium on Labor Law” and “Negotiable Instruments Law”. Dean Abad is presently teaching Labor Law Review and Labor Standards.
- Neptali Álvaro Gonzales was Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law from 1976 to 1986. He was class valedictorian in the Philippine Law School and placed 9th in the 1949 bar examinations with the grade of 92.50%. Dean Gonzales was elected Vice-Governor of the Premier Province of Rizal (1967–1969), Congressman of the First District of Rizal (1969–1973) then the biggest Congressional District of the Philippines with three Cities (Quezon City, Caloocan City an Pasay City) and ten Municipalities (Malabon, Navotas, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Makati, Taguig, Pateros, Paranaque, Las Pinas and Muntinlupa); Assemblyman for the District of Mandaluyong-San Juan (1984–1986) and Senator for two consecutive terms (1987–1998). Before his election as Senator, he was appointed Minister, later Secretary of Justice (1986–1987) by then President corazon C. Aquino. Many times chosen as an “Outstanding Senator,” he served as President of the Senate for an unprecedented third time. He was Senate President, first, from January 1, 1992 to January 18, 1993; then from August 29, 1995 to October 10, 1996 and was again elected for the third time on January 26, 1998. He also served as the Minority Leader of the Senate’s Progressive Coalition from October 10, 1996 to January 26, 1998. Senator Gonzales was the permanent delegate of the Congress of the Philippines to the century-old Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO). He is also a delegate to the International Labor Organization (ILO). For his outstanding achievements and contributions in the fields of law, education, and public service, he was conferred the degrees of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, both by the University of Bohol and the University of Misamis (1987); Doctor of Public Administration, honoris causa, by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (1991); and Doctor of Technology Education, honoris causa, by the Rizal Technological Colleges (1995). He was also a recipient of the “Dr. M.V. Delos Santos Memorial Medallion of Honor” by the University of Manila in 1996.
- Jovito "Jovy" Reyes Salonga was appointed Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law in 1956. He would later be persuaded by Vice President Diosdado Macapagal, then president of the Liberal Party, to run for Congress in the second district of Rizal, where two political dynasties dominated the bureaucracy. Salonga helped build the party from the grassroots, largely with the support of disgruntled young people who responded to the issues he raised, particularly the entrenchment of the political ruling class and their families in seats of governments, a major cause of disenchantment among the masses. In the November 1961 elections, he bested his two opponents by an overwhelming margin. Shortly after his election, he tangled with one of the best debaters of the opposing party on the issue of proportional representation in various committees. He also composed a seminal article, published and editorialized in various papers, on the Philippines' territorial claim to North Borneo. Salonga was then appointed to the chairmanship of the prestigious Committee on Good Government. In June 1962, President Macapagal filed the Philippine petition against Malaysia's alleged illegal expropriation of North Borneo. Salonga was appointed to head the delegation in the January 1963 London negotiations. He was then chosen to run for Senate under the LP banner in the 1965 elections. Despite limited financial resources and the victory of NP candidate Ferdinand Marcos as president, Salonga was elected senator, garnering the most number of votes. In 1967, he was Benigno Aquino, Jr.'s chief lawyer in the underage lawsuit filed against the latter by President Marcos. Largely through Salonga's skills in jurisprudence, Aquino won his case before the Commission on Elections. Subsequently, Marcos' appeals to the Supreme Court and Senate Electoral Tribunal were overturned, granting a final victory to Salonga and Aquino. For his well-documented exposés against the Marcos administration, Salonga was hailed as the "Nation's Fiscalizer" by the Philippines Free Press in 1968. He ran for re-election in 1971. Along with some members of the Liberal Party, he was critically injured on the August 21 bombing of his party's proclamation rally at Plaza Miranda. His doctors' prognoses were grim—he was not expected to live. He survived, however, with impaired eyesight and hearing, and more than a hundred tiny pieces of shrapnel in his body, and nonetheless topped the senatorial race for the second time. During the Marcos years, Salonga protested against martial law for which he was unjustly arrested. After his release from military custody, he was offered a visiting scholarship at Yale, where he engaged in the revision of his book on international law; he completed his book which included a program for a new democratic Philippines. He later returned to the country on January 21, 1985, following the assassination of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. in August 1983, to help resuscitate his party and unite democratic opposition. A month later, the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed subversion charges against him. He was then elected president of the Liberal Party. Shortly after the EDSA Revolution, President Corazon Aquino, Aquino's widow, appointed Salonga Chair of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), which was tasked with investigating and recovering the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Marcos and cronies. As chairman of the Commission on Good Government, he "filed and perfected" the government's claim to the Marcos Swiss deposits through the Swiss lawyers dr. Salvioni, dr. Fontanet and Leuenberger. His unwavering pursuit of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth was, in one senator's words, the "moral equivalent of a war". His efforts were rewarded when the government sequestrated Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr.'s firms including 93% shares of the United Coconut Planters Bank and 27% shares of the San Miguel Corporation. In 2000, the Swiss federal Court, after 14 years of litigation, decided to forfeit the corrupt Marcos funds received by the Swiss Credit bank in Zurich, and delivered to the nation's government more than US$680,000,000. The commission also petitioned to expropriate several real estate properties and several of the nation's largest corporations that the Philippine government claim were bought through blackmail or money the Marcos family allegedly plundered from the Treasury. After his one-year stint with PCGG, he was drafted to run for the senate in the 1987 elections. For the third time, he won the number one spot in the senatorial race. He was subsequently elected as Senate President. In September 1991, Salonga led a group of 12 Senators in rejecting the R.P.-U.S. Bases Treaty. He paid a heavy price for this decision as his financial backers in the business community withdrew their support for his presidential campaign. In December 1991 he was ousted from his position as President of the Senate and was succeeded by Senator Neptali A. Gonzales, Sr. on January 1, 1992. Incidentally, Senator Gonzales also served as Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law.
- Beta Sigma Lambda Fraternity and Sorority
- Far Eastern University Institute of Law Centralized Bar Operations is the student arm that has been tasked to mobilize student activities to help graduates of the Institute of Law when they take the annual Bar Examinations. Its activities include providing study materials, organizing hotel accommodations, and other support activities exclusively for the Institute's bar examinees.
- Far Eastern University Institute of Law Student Council is the official student government of the Institute of Law.
- Far Eastern University Institute of Law Moot Court Council
- Portia Sorority
- The Far Eastern Law Review is the official law journal of the Institute of Law.
- The Far Eastern University Legal Aid Bureau (formerly Legal Rights Center) was created by virtue of Supreme Court Bar Matter No. 651 issued in 1993. Its primary aim is to provide clinical legal education to law students, legal internship for graduating law students, and free legal assistance to indigents. The Legal Aid Bureau also conducts community paralegal trainings, seminars and conferences on socio-legal issues and outreach activities. Internal activities include team building and leadership trainings, and academic discussions among others. Among the widely known activities of the Legal Aid Bureau is its annual flower sale and Harana on Valentine's Day, dubbed the Lovebug Project. The Lovebug Project has been organized to raise funds which the Legal Aid can utilize in handling free cases for indigent litigants.
- Tau Kappa Phi Fraternity, (designated by the Greek letters, TKΦ), founded in 1948, is an exclusive fraternal order at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law which is composed of professionals, degree holders, distinguished and accomplished gentlemen from different strata of the society who studied the intricacies of the law, and share such knowledge and expertise in protecting and promoting the rights and welfare of the people especially the Common Tao. The Greek letters were derived from its original name, The Commoners’ Fraternity.
Students' Complaint Against Administrators and Professors
In 2000, ten law students of the Institute of Law lodged a complaint against Dean Andres Bautista, Associate Dean Teresita Cruz and two professors before the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for alleged irregularity. The complainants, headed by Artemio Urriza Jr., alleged that they were supposed to graduate in 1999 year but unduly failed in two to three subjects taught by professors Atty. Ed Vincent Albano and Atty. Japar Dimaampao.
In their letter of complaint, the students said they unduly received failing grades in Civil Law Review 2, Commercial Law Review and Remedial Law subjects.
"We firmly believe that we all passed our subjects and are very qualified to graduate but because of the whimsical and deliberate intentions of a 'triumvirate conspiracy' headed by our dean, Andres Bautista, together with our two professors, we became victims of injustices," they said. But Bautista denied the complainants' allegations as he maintained that the ten deserved to flunk in these subjects.
"We held a faculty deliberation on the second week of March. Professors then expressed reservations among some students, including them (complainants). It was decided that they need to take up these subjects again," he added. Bautista said that faculty deliberation is conducted to enable professors to collectively discuss the status of students.
Overheard at FEU Institute of Law
|“||If you are tired, take a rest. Wag pilitin. Baka maging abugado ka nga, abnoy naman.||”|
Overheard at FEU Institute of Law is a humor Facebook page, published by some law students and alumni, that documents different snippets of conversation or speech heard at the Institute of Law. The source of the humor in each quote varies. Some are intentional witticisms on the part of their speaker, some are based on his or her apparent cluelessness (as with students who did not study), lack of common sense, or stupidity, and some seem to demonstrate symptoms of mental illness (figures of speech intended). Overheard at FEU Institute of Law has become well-known within the campus.
- Artemio Panganiban - former Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court; 6th placer, 1960 Bar Examinations, 1960 FEU Law Cum Laude and Most Outstanding Student
- Manuel G. Montecillo - 1st Placer, 1948 Bar Examinations, 95.50%
- Tomas P. Matic, Jr. - 1st Placer, 1955 Bar Examinations, 90.55%
- Agustin O. Benitez - 1st Placer, 1959 Bar Examinations, 89.20%
- Corazon Aquino - former President of the Philippines, former FEU Law student
- Jose Nolledo - Member, Philippine Constitutional Commission of 1986; Delegate, Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1971; 3rd placer, 1958 Bar Examinations
- Justice Oscar M. Herrera - Court of Appeals
- Carlos Felix Borromeo III - NBI Agent Batch 1988 to 89
- Eddie Ilarde - former Philippine Senator
- Wenceslao Lagumbay - former Philippine Senator
- Neptali Gonzales Jr. - former Majority House Leader of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, Mandaluyong Mayor, created the Rizal Technological University
- Edilberto Sandoval - Associate Justice of Sandiganbayan
- Roland Jurado - Associate Justice of Sandiganbayan
- Manuel Collantes - former Secretary of Foreign Affairs, former Ambassador to the United Nations, 1940 FEU Law Class
- Nestor Mantaring - Director, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
- Edmundo Magpantay - State Prosecutor Department of Justice
- John Resado - State Prosecutor Department of Justice
- Samuel Ong - former Deputy Director, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
- Sedfrey Ordonez - 1970 delegate to the Philippine Constitutional Convention, former Solicitor General and Secretary of Justice, former Ambassador to the United Nations, former Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, 1946 FEU Law Class
- Flor L. Resurreccion- NBI Special Investigator III (1992-2005); Licensed Private Investigator-California, USA; Owner-Manager Sigma Investigation and Surveillance- California
- Eubulo Verzola - former Justice of the Court of Appeals, former Director of the Senate Public Information and Media Relations Office
- Fermin Martin Jr. - former Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, 1955 FEU Law Class
- Jesus Elbinas - former Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals
- Salome Montoya - Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals, 1954 FEU Law Cum Laude, 6th placer, 1954 Bar Examinations
- John Choa - Ambassador-at-Large to the Territory of Guam, USA
- Agustin Benitez - former Dean of College of Law and Vice-president of the University of the East, 1st placer, 1959 Bar Examinations
- Wilfredo C. Andres, CPA - Assistant City prosecutor in Quezon City
- Ed Vincent Albano - Dean of College of Law at University of Perpetual Help; Law Professor at San Beda College of Law, Adamson University, Perpetual Help College of Law
- Arsenio Pascual Jr., MD, LL.B. - Lecturer in Medical Jurisprudence at the UP College of Law, Ateneo Law School, and FEU Institute of Law, a medical practitioner and lawyer, expert in forensic sciences and medical malpractice law
- Ophelia Balcos - first woman and first Asian to Chair the Human Rights Commission of the State of Minneapolis, USA
- Custodio Parlade - President Emeritus of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Centre
- Gerardo Espina Sr. - Member of the Consultative Commission on Charter Change
- Cleto T. Villatuya - former commissioner, National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC)
- Meynardo Bautista, Jr. - Chief Inquest Prosecutor in Quezon City
- Gina Lyn R. Rubio - Private Attorney, 5th placer, 2006 Bar Examinations, 2006 FEU Law Class Valedictorian
- Manuel J. Laserna Jr.- Law Professor and bar reviewer (1985-2006); 3rd placer, 1984 Bar Examinations (90.95%); trial lawyer; Bar leader; founder, past chair/pres., and consultant,Las Pinas City Bar Association (2001–present); Managing Partner of the Laserna Cueva-Mercader & Associates Law Offices (LCM Law, Las Pinas City); AB, Ll.B. (cum laude), Ll.M.; Cocofed law scholar (Ll.B.); FEU law scholar (Ll.M.); Retired Management Executive and in-house legal counsel of the Philippine Coconut Producers Federation (1975-1994); past Director and Vice Pres., IBP PPLM Ch., 1995-2007; Independent Expert on Phil. laws and jurisprudence, International Center for Dispute Resolution (American Arbitration Association), New York City, USA.
- Myrna C. Mercader - Law Professor and bar reviewer (FEU, 1985-2006); law and business professor, University of Perpetual Help Rizal (since 2000); BSC Accountancy (magna cum laude), LL.B. (cum laude), certified public accountant, Doctor of Business Administration, and Ph.D. Economics; Central Bank scholar - MA Econ. and Ph.D. Econ.; co-founder and past chair/pres., Las Pinas City Bar Association (2001-2009); past Director and Auditor, IBP PPLM Ch., 1995-2007; partner, Laserna Cueva-Mercader & Associates Law Offices (LCM Law, Las Pinas City); retired Central Bank training executive (1974-1994); past Pres., BF Resort Village Homeowners Assn Inc., Las Pinas City; licensed real estate broker.
- Johnson A.H. Ong - Law Professor, Private Attorney, 10th placer, 2005 Bar Examinations (Negotiable Instruments)
- Amante A. Liberato - Law Professor Commission on Audit Officer, 5th placer, 1996 Bar Examinations (Obligations and Contracts)
- Edwin C. Yan - Law Professor, 6th placer, 1982 Bar Examinations; trial lawyer; former solicitor, Office of the Solicitor General. (Consti Law 1)
- Edwin R. Sandoval- Political Law Reviewer, Summa Cum Laude, Class valedictorian 1991, and a law professor in Arellano Faculty of Law, Adamson University Law and UST Faculty of Civil Law
- E. Valderrama - Law Professor, International Arbitrator, 12th placer, 1982 Bar Examinations. (ADR)
- Benedicto M. Gonzales Jr. - Law Professor, 19th placer, 1993 Bar Examinations, former Caloocan City councilor. (Admin Law)
- Viviana Martin-Paguirigan- Associate Dean, law professor 16th placer 1993 Bar Examinations (Succession, Civil Law Review)
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