San Beda College of Law
|Motto||Fides, Scientia, Virtus|
|Established||1948 (College of Law)|
2004 (College of Law in Alabang)
2004 (Graduate School of Law)
|Campus||Mendiola, Manila (Main); Taytay, Rizal; Alabang, Muntinlupa|
|Colors||Red and White|
|Nickname||San Beda Red Lions|
|Website||San Beda Law webpage|
College of Law
The College of Law was founded in 1948. Over the years, it has produced senators, justices of collegiate courts, trial court judges, active lawyers, law professors, and a president. It has also achieved one of the highest bar passing rates and largest number of law graduates among law schools in the country. A famous alumnus, Florenz D. Regalado, is a Retired Justice of the Supreme Court, an established author, and the holder of the highest bar exam grade in the post-war history of the bar exams in the Philippines.
In 2004, San Beda College partnered with the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Philippine Judicial Academy to establish the Graduate School of Law, an entity that shall offer postgraduate studies on criminal justice and the judicial system in the country.
In the 2007 Bar Examinations, the College of Law got the highest passing percentage among all other law schools at 93.27% for all examinees and 93.18% for first takers.
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.
Graduate School of Law
The Graduate School of Law offers three postgraduate degree programs:
- Master of Laws (LL.M.)
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (M.Sc.Justice Ad.)
- Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence (S.J.D.)
Program delivery combines classroom sessions held once a month and guided research. Extensive use in some subjects is made of on-line chat-sessions and in others, mentoring. Professors are invited from the senior members of the superior courts of the Philippines as well as from leading academics in law, criminology and related disciplines.
The doctoral program is primarily a research program accrediting work done by the candidate in research and publication, as well as in participation in high-level conferences and symposia in law and jurisprudence.
Upon prior arrangement, the Law Dean and the Faculty may craft customized programs to suit the individual needs of foreign law students.
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) and the Doctor of Science in Jurisprudence (S.J.D.) programs do not require membership in the Philippine Bar. However, as a general rule, students should be members of the Philippine Bar. Exceptional cases are allowed provided the candidate exhibits the level of competence demanded of doctoral programs, and is capable of doing research that will contribute significantly to his chosen field.
San Beda College Alabang School of Law
- Rodrigo Duterte – 16th president of the Philippines; former mayor, vice mayor and Congressman
- Raul Roco – former senator, former education secretary
- Rene Saguisag – former senator
- Leila de Lima – senator; former secretary, Department of Justice; former Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
- Ramon V. Mitra – former Speaker of the House of Representatives and 1992 presidential Candidate
- Noel G. Tijam – associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
- Samuel R. Martires – associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
- Pablito Alhambra Perez – associate justice of the Philippine Court of Appeals
- Jose Catral Mendoza – associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court
- Bienvenido L. Reyes – associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court
- Florenz D. Regalado – former justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, obtained the highest rating in the post-war history of the Philippine Bar Examinations
- Romeo Callejo, Sr. – former associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court
- Antonio Eduardo Nachura – associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, former Representative Samar, former solicitor-general
- Amparo Cabotaje-Tang – presiding justice of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan
- Gregory S. Ong – former associate justice of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan
- Edgardo Pamintuan – mayor, Angeles City
- Oscar Moreno – mayor, Cagayan de Oro City; former governor, Misamis Oriental and former Congressman, 1st District of Misamis Oriental
- Rodrigo Duterte – mayor, Davao City and former Congressman, Davao City
- Virgilio B. Jara - – incumbent Dean of San Beda College of Law, 5th placer in the 1962 Philippine Bar Examinations
- Ulpiano P. Sarmiento III – Dean of the Alabang campus, Member of the House of Representatives
- Jose R. Sundiang – former Dean, San Beda College of Law, Arellano Law Foundation
Private law practitioners
- Felito S. Ramirez – 7th placer 1972 Philippine Bar Examination, founding and managing partner of Ramirez Lazaro Bello Rico-Sabado and Associates Law Office, former law professor, San Beda College of Law and Arellano Law Foundation, former politician (Province of Cagayan)
- Dennis B. Funa – former government official, Constitutionalist, Law Book Author
- William "Billy" Claver – Martial Law-era freedom fighter; indigenous people's rights activist and lawyer
- Directory of Higher Education Institutions, Commission on Higher Education, 2006-2007.
- Official Catalogue, San Beda College of Law, 2006.
- Justice Jose Hontiveros obtained a grade of 98% in 1911. See "Profiles of Chief Justices and Associate Justices," p. 146.
- Regalado attained 96.7% rating during the 1954 Philippine Bar Examinations. Records are available at the Supreme Court Official Website Archived 2008-05-12 at the Wayback Machine.
- Official Catalogue, San Beda Graduate School of Law, 2006.
- Official Website, San Beda Graduate School of Law. Last accessed May 23, 2007.
- Interview with Faculty and Staff, San Beda Graduate School of Law. May 2007.
- Official Website, San Beda College of Law. Last accessed May 23, 2007.
- During the 1962 Philippine Bar Exams, Virgilio B. Jara of San Beda placed 5th, Haydee Yorac of the University of the Philippines placed 8th, and Joaquin G. Bernas of Ateneo Law School placed 9th. Many years later, Jara became San Beda Law Dean, Bernas became Ateneo Law Dean, and Yorac was appointed Chairwoman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).