San Beda College of Law

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San Beda College of Law
San Beda College of Law logo
MottoFides, Scientia, Virtus
TypePrivate, Benedictine
Established1948 (College of Law)
2004 (College of Law in Alabang)
2004 (Graduate School of Law)
DeanVirgilio Jara
Location, ,
CampusMendiola, Manila (Main); Taytay, Rizal; Alabang, Muntinlupa
ColorsRed and White         
NicknameSan Beda Red Lions
MascotRed Lion
WebsiteSan Beda Law webpage

San Beda College of Law is the law school college under the San Beda University, a private, Roman Catholic university run by the Benedictine monks in the Philippines.[1]

The main campus, educational, and administrative offices are located at Mendiola Street in San Miguel, Manila.[1]

College of Law[edit]

San Beda College Mendiola Campus

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.[2] 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[3] history of the bar exams in the Philippines.[4]

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.[5]

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[edit]

The Graduate School of Law offers three postgraduate degree programs:[6]

  • 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.[6][7]

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.[6][7]

Upon prior arrangement, the Law Dean and the Faculty may craft customized programs to suit the individual needs of foreign law students.[7]

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.[6][7]

San Beda College Alabang School of Law[edit]

The San Beda College of Law in Alabang was established in 2004. It serves residents of the southern part of Metro Manila who want to take up law but are too far away[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Executive department

  • Rodrigo Duterte – 16th president of the Philippines; former mayor, vice mayor and Congressman

Philippine legislature

Philippine judiciary

Constitutional Commission

Local Government


  • Virgilio B. Jara -[9] – 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

representing educators

  • 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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Directory of Higher Education Institutions, Commission on Higher Education, 2006-2007.
  2. ^ Official Catalogue, San Beda College of Law, 2006.
  3. ^ Justice Jose Hontiveros obtained a grade of 98% in 1911. See "Profiles of Chief Justices and Associate Justices," p. 146.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Official Catalogue, San Beda Graduate School of Law, 2006.
  6. ^ a b c d Official Website, San Beda Graduate School of Law. Last accessed May 23, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c d Interview with Faculty and Staff, San Beda Graduate School of Law. May 2007.
  8. ^ Official Website, San Beda College of Law. Last accessed May 23, 2007.
  9. ^ 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).