San Beda College of Law

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San Beda College of Law
San Beda College of Law logo
Motto Fides, Scientia, Virtus
Type Private, Benedictine
Established 1948 (College ofLaw)
2004 (College of Law in Alabang)
2004 (Graduate School of Law)
Dean Virgilio Jara
Location Mendiola Street, San Miguel, Manila, Philippines
Campus Mendiola, Manila (Main); Taytay, Rizal; Alabang, Muntinlupa
Colors Red and White         
Nickname San Beda Red Lions
Mascot Red Lion
Website San 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
  • Augusto S. Sanchez-Former Labor Minister, Human Rights Lawyer
  • Arthur P. Tugade - Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Rodolfo Salalima - Secretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology
  • Vitaliano Aguirre - Secretary, Department of Justice
  • Winston Ginez- Chairperson, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board
  • Francisco Baraan III, Undersecretary, Department of Justice {{WLB: Notable}}
  • Zabedin M. Azis, former Undersecretary, Department of Justice
  • Raoul Creencia - Government Corporate Counsel
  • Nonnatus Rojas, former Director, National Bureau of Investigation
  • Winston F. Garcia - former President and General-Manager, Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS)
  • Lilian Hefti - former Commissioner, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
  • Nicasio A. Conti - former Officer-In-Charge MARINA; former Commissioner, Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG); hailed by the World Bank for his anti-corruption and government transparency efforts; faculty, San Beda Economics department
  • Ricardo Abcede - former Commissioner, Presidential Commission on Good Governance
  • Jaime Jacob- former Chairperson,Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board
  • Donald Lee, City Prosecutor, Quezon City
  • Domingo Lucenario, Jr.- former Ambassador to Pakistan killed in helicopter crash; Order of Sikatuna, Order of Lakandula, and Gawad Mabini Awardee

Philippine legislature

  • René Saguisag - former Senator and Human Rights Lawyer
  • Raul Roco - former Senator, former Education Secretary
  • 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
  • Jose Lina- Former Senator; Laguna Province Governor; MMDA Governor; Co-founder of the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity, and Nationalism, Inc. (MABINI, President, Manila Hotel
  • Joaquin Chipeco, Jr., Representative, 2nd District of Laguna; former Mayor, Calamba City
  • Fredenil H. Castro - Representative, Capiz
  • Marlyn L. Primicias-Agabas-Representative, 6th district of Pangasinan, former Vice-Governor, Pangasinan
  • Alipio C. Badelles - Representative, 1st District of Lanao del Norte
  • Elpidio F. Barzaga - Representative, 4th District of Cavite
  • Leovigildo B. Banaag - Representative, 1st District, Agusan del Norte
  • Roger G. Mercado - Representative, Lone District,Southern Leyte
  • Oscar S. Moreno - Mayor, Cagayan de Oro City; former Governor, Misamis Oriental; former Congressman, 1st District of Misamis Oriental
  • Eduardo Nonato Joson - Nueva Ecija Representative; former National Food Authority Administrator
  • Roy Seneres, Sr.- OFW Partylist Representative; former Ambassador,UAE; former NLRC chairman
  • Jose Cabochan - former Representative, Bulacan
  • Joseph A. Santiago- former Representative, Catanduanes; former National Telecommunications Commission Commissioner

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
  • Domingo M. Navarro - 2nd placer in the 1978 Bar Examinations, Former Associate Dean of San Beda College of Law, incumbent Dean of Arellano University School of Law

Private law practitioners

  • Avelino Cruz - Co-founder, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRA) Law Offices
  • 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
  • Julian Emilio Cabarrus ( Dip.Law, Solicitors Admission Board N.S.W., AFAIM )- first Philippine-born lawyer admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia
  • Rizalina V. Lumbera, taxation law expert.
  • Remigio Saladero, Jr. - labor and workers' lawyer
  • Ramon Medina - Vice-President for Human Resources, Ayala Corporation; former chairman, Board of Trustees, San Beda College Alabang
  • Solomon Hermosura - Managing Director, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Compliance Officer, Group Head - Legal and Compliance of Ayala Corporation
  • Joseph Joel Castillo - Senior Partner, Subido Pagente Certeza Mendoza Binay Law Firm, Litigation, Labor and Immigration

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).