Accreditations

College of Law

Dean's Welcome Message
JUSTICE RAOUL V. VICTORINO (Ret.)

JUSTICE RAOUL V. VICTORINO (Ret.) Dean, College of Law

Welcome to PCU College of Law!

Thank you for considering PCU College of Law to help you pursue your career in law. Just like our more than 200 students, you have made the right decision!

Here at PCU Law, we do not just “teach law in the grand manner and make great lawyers,” we provide you with a cutting-edge law education imbued with strong Christian perspective in the practice of the legal profession so that you will be great Christian lawyers who will vigorously and steadfastly uphold the rule of law in our country and who will resolutely dispense justice without fear or favor. It is a commitment that lives out PCU’s core values of Faith, Character and Service. It has been our commitment since 1994 when we first offered the LLB program. We shall zealously uphold such vision.

We have started to implement innovation here at PCU College of Law. Our LLB curriculum is patterned after the Legal Education Board prescribed program. Soon, we are launching our Juris Doctor and Masters of Law programs. We have also started offering law at our Dasmariñas, Cavite campus. To better assist our students, we have dedicated staff whose devotion and commitment likewise unwavering. And of course, our law students are under the tutelage of the best and brightest legal minds in the country. Our power cast roster of faculty is composed of magistrates–presiding justices, associate justices, incumbent and retired—judges, state prosecutors, state solicitors, experts and practitioners. What a truly enabling, loving and caring College of Law we have here at PCU.

As we continue to hold more consultation and dialogue with the students, faculty and staff, we shall introduce more innovations to promote standards of excellence in law education here at PCU College of Law.

We continue to covet your invaluable support and unwavering cooperation to PCU College of Law as we continue to educate and mold future lawyers who will heed will the words of prophet Amos to “let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like a never-falling stream!”
God Bless!

 

Justice Raoul V. Victorino, Ret.
Dean, PCU College of Law

Course Outline
Administrative Law, Public Officers and Election Laws – This course deals with the study of the Omnibus Election Code and related election laws, particularly principles governing the electoral process and the right of suffrage which includes the election, qualification and disqualification of candidates, formation and recognition of political parties, pre-proclamation controversies, election protests, voters’ challenges and rights, party-list system, and absentee voting. The study also deals with the development and application of principles and doctrines governing administrative agencies and their rule-making, quasi-judicial and adjudicative functions with focus on administrative remedies and judicial review as well as the laws governing public officers including the civil service, the merit system and the right to redress grievances. Principal statutes involved are the 1987 Administrative Code and its amendments and the Civil Service Laws, Rules and related jurisprudence.

Alternative Dispute Resolutions – This course deals with the study of the law, principles and jurisprudence on various out-of-court settlement of disputes such as compromise, mediation, conciliation and arbitration specially the provisions of RA 876 and RA No. 9285, as well as the various international covenants on peaceful settlement of disputes whether under the auspices of the UN Convention or those set up under international organizations. It also includes the mediation process prescribed under Supreme Court Circulars.

Banking Laws – This covers the study of P.D. 115 on Trust Receipts, the New Central Bank Act, General Banking Act, Secrecy of Bank Deposits, Money Laundering Law, Financing Company Act, Chattel Mortgage Law, Real Estate Mortgage Law, Insolvency Law and Truth in Lending Act and Retail Trade Liberalization Act.

Civil Law Review 1 – A general integration of the principles in civil law covering the effect and application of laws, the law on human relations, persons and family relations, property, ownership and its modifications, the different modes of acquiring ownership, including wills and succession.

Civil Law Review 2 – A general integration of the principles in civil law relating to obligations and contracts, credit transactions, quasi-contracts, quasi-delicts, damages and special contracts like sales, lease and partnership, agency and trusts.

Civil Procedure – An in-depth study of the basic principles of jurisdiction and the procedure to be observed in the conduct of civil cases. It also includes a study of the jurisdiction of various courts of different levels and administrative or quasi-judicial agencies. The course is centered on the study of Rule 1to 52 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure and its amendatory circulars and resolutions including the judicial interpretation and application of the rules.

Conflict of Laws – This course is otherwise known as Private International Law. It deals with legal transactions or relationships involving foreign elements with emphasis on the choice of law methods, including problems in jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Constitutional Law – A comprehensive study of the 1987 Constitution focusing on the constitutional provisions relating to the Bill of Rights, the Economic and Social Rights, Citizenship, the right of suffrage and the jurisprudence interpreting and applying these rights.

Corporation Law – A study of the fundamental principles on the formation, powers and dissolution of private corporations including their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution, the Corporation Code and the Securities Regulation Code. It also covers the study of the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Regional Trial Courts (RTC) on corporate matters as well as the various Supreme Court’s rules on intra-corporate disputes and corporate rehabilitation.

Commercial Law Review – A comprehensive survey and review of the Code of Commerce and the laws and jurisprudence on Insurance Code of the Philippines; Common Carriers Law (New Civil Code); Maritime Law and Admiralty; Ship Mortgage Decree of 1978; Carriage of Goods by Sea Act; Warsaw Convention and other international covenants on transportation, Salvage Law; Chattel Mortgage Law; Insolvency Law; and the Intellectual Property Code. Private Corporations; P.D. 902-A, as amended; Revised Securities Regulation Code; Omnibus Investments Code; Negotiable Instruments Law; Trust Receipts and Letters of Credit; Secrecy of Bank Deposits Law; Warehouse Receipts Act; Bulk Sales Law; Anti-Dummy Law and Flag Law; Retail Trade Law; New Central Bank Act and General Banking Act, Chattel Mortgage Law, and Truth in Lending Act.

Credit Transactions – A study of the legal provisions in the New Civil Code and other special laws, including decided cases, governing security transactions such as loans and deposits, mortgages (chattel and real estate), pledge, antichresis and guaranty. Related topics cover bankruptcy proceedings, concurrence and preference of credits and other relevant decisions on Corporate Rehabilitation, the Insolvency Law and the Warehouse Receipts Law.

Criminal Law I – A detailed examination of the characteristics of criminal law, the nature of felonies, stages of execution, circumstances affecting criminal liability, persons criminally liable; the extent and extinction of criminal liability as well as the civil liability of the offender, the extinction and survival of civil liability, the nature and theories of penalties in criminal law, classes, habitual delinquency, juvenile delinquency, the Indeterminate Sentence Law, the Probation Law and laws relating to the effects of pardon and parole. The course covers Book I (Articles 1-113) of the Revised Penal Code and other related special penal laws.

Criminal Law II – A comprehensive analysis and appraisal of specific felonies enumerated in Book II of the Revised Penal Code, with amendments and related special penal laws, including their nature, elements and corresponding penalties.

Criminal Law Review – A general review of the Revised Penal Code with its latest amendments and the interpretative decisions of the Supreme Court as well as the other relevant penal statutes.

Criminal Procedure – A study of the jurisdiction of courts and the rules governing the conduct and procedure regarding criminal cases, particularly the prosecution of criminal offenses, the filing of criminal complaints, the arrest of a suspect, the searches and seizures of properties, the rights of the accused, the review and remedies available in case of adverse judgment and the effects of convictions. In particular, it covers the study of the 2000 Rules on Criminal Procedure, including related Supreme Court Circulars, and the judicial interpretation thereof.

Evidence – This course is a study of the various kinds of evidence and the rules of presentation, admissibility, weight and sufficiency of evidence, including burden of proof and presumptions. The basic law is the 1988 Rules on Evidence and related circulars, together with relevant jurisprudence; the study includes the Rules on Electronic Evidence and related provisions of the E-Commerce law.

Human Rights – A study of the protection of the rights of a human being under the Philippine Constitution, as well as under different international conventions, designed to uplift human dignity and concern for life, particularly the UN Conventions on Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws, human trafficking, adoption, genocide, ethnic cleansing, racial discrimination, and the rights of combatants and civilians in times of armed conflict.

Insurance Law – A comprehensive analysis of the Insurance Code and other related laws, including the concept and the nature of the insurance contract, insurable interest, special forms of insurance and government regulations of the insurance business.

Intellectual Property Laws – This course deals with the study of the laws on intellectual property rights, ownership, exploitation and infringement of trademarks, copyrights and patents, the protection thereof, the remedies in case of patent violations and other related emerging technologies, e.g. (internet and domain names). It also includes the study of Technology Transfer Arrangements and the compulsory and voluntary licensing thereof. The principal law analyzed is RA No. 8293 as amended by RA No. 9150.

Land Titles and Deeds – This course deals with the study of the system and methods of registration of titles, deeds and other instruments (voluntary/involuntary) and transactions involving lands under the Property Registration Decree as well as the laws and jurisprudence on the Public Land Act, the Subdivision and Condominium laws, the HLURB laws and other related statutes.

Labor Law Review – A general review of all laws, principles and jurisprudence on the three subjects of labor standards, labor relations and social legislations

Labor Relations – A survey of the laws implementing the rights to self-organization and collective bargaining, including laws on unfair labor practices, trade unions, grievance machinery and voluntary arbitration, strikes, pickets and lock-outs; Book VI on Post-Employment, covering areas such as classes of employees, termination of employment and retirement; Book VII on penal provisions of the Labor Code and prescription of actions and claims.

Labor Standards – This course analyzes the legal guarantees provided by the Labor Code of the Philippines on the minimum standards of employment, working conditions, employment benefits and manpower development for workers and all other laws and jurisprudence related thereto such as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act (R.A. 8042); Book II on Human Resources Development, and The TESDA Law (R.A. 7796) and the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons (R.A. 7277); Book III on Conditions of Employment, including the special laws on 13th month pay, paternity leave, protection and welfare of women workers, sexual harassment, and child abuse; and Book IV on Health, Safety and Social Welfare Benefits.

Law and Christian Values – The practice of law must not be seen as a mere commercial enterprise. It is a ministry, a calling from God to every person whom He has gifted with expertise in law to promote peace and justice among His people. This is also an opportunity to share with the students the core values of Faith, Character and Service.

Legal Ethics – A course that focuses on the qualifications of lawyers as dispensers of justice, their admission to the practice of law, their duties, responsibilities and obligations to the court, to society, the public, to the bar and to their clients. It specifically encompasses a study of the New Code of Judicial Conduct for the Philippine Judiciary, the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel, the Rules of Court, the New Notarial Practice Rule, the Code of Professional Responsibility and the numerous jurisprudence, judicial pronouncements, circulars and issuances of the Supreme Court and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. It also includes generally accepted principles of international law on the obligations, duties, responsibilities and protection of lawyers.

Legal Forms – A course which trains students in the drafting of various legal documents and deeds as well as judicial pleadings and legal briefs. It also includes the practical application of the principles, and guidelines, of the Notarial Practice Rules.

Legal Medicine – The course is a specialized area of medical practice concerned with the relationship between medicine and the law. More specifically, legal medicine is the scientific use of medical and paramedical specialties, as well as various dental, psychological, biological, chemical, and mechanical techniques, in investigating the causes of a person’s death, disability, injury, or disease. In this course, the students will be introduced to real or object evidence in remedial law. The knowledge in legal medicine will then be correlated with the Revised Penal Code, the New Civil Code, the rules of Court and other related laws regarding investigation of death, rape, child abuse, physical injuries and others.

Legal Research – An analytical study into the methodology of legal research; the preparation of legal opinions, memoranda, both expository or critical, and the drafting of forensic pleadings on any subject required by the professor.

Legal Writing – A study of the principles, structures and techniques of legal writing. It involves applied legal bibliography, case digesting and analysis, legal citation, legal reasoning and preparation of legal opinions or memoranda.

Negotiable Instruments – A study of the statutory provisions and jurisprudence governing negotiable instruments under the Negotiable Instruments Law or Act No. 2031, as well as other commercial papers, including investment papers and money market instruments, checks and other instruments under the Warehouse Receipts Law and General Bonded Warehouse Act.

Obligations and Contracts – An in-depth study of the nature, kinds, effects and extinguishment of obligations. It also covers contracts in general, their requisites, forms and interpretation; the defective contracts, including quasi-contracts and natural obligations; and the principle of laches and estoppel. (Book IV of the New Civil Code – R.A. 386 as amended)

Partnerships, Agency & Trusts – This study deals with the laws of Partnership as a form of business organization as distinguished from the corporate form; this subject includes the nature and principles of Agency and Trusts under the New Civil Code and its judicial interpretation.

Persons and Family Relations – A basic course on the law of Persons and Family Relations (Chapter 1 and Chapters 1-3, Book I of R.A. 386; E.O. 209 as amended by E.0. 227, R.A. 6809). This course studies the effect and application of laws and the law on human relations and then proceeds to examine the legal norms affecting civil personality, marriage, property relations between husband and wife, legal separation, the different property regimes, family, paternity and filiation, adoption, guardianship, support, parental authority, surname, funeral, absence and emancipation of minors, including the rules of procedure relative to the foregoing. Also included are the different statutes and rules on adoption.

Practice Court 1 and 2 – A moot court (mock trial) training in the art of effective oral advocacy which exposes the students to the practical aspects of the law, particularly in the trial, prosecution and defense of cases before trial courts. This course compels students, acting as lawyers, to orally argue their cases immediately after the evidence is closed. This phase of the course is important because it cultivates in the student the habit of jotting down or remembering the essential facts and relevant issues; the course trains him in the art of arguing cases off-hand on the basis of the evidence presented.

Political Law – A study of the basic principles governing the structure, set-up and hierarchy of the Philippine Government. It includes the study of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the different branches, departments and political units of the government, the constitutional commissions, the qualifications, restrictions, prohibitions and accountability of public servants and the amendatory process. It also covers the inherent and residual powers of the government and examines the fundamental legal contracts among the citizens including the means of altering the same.

Political Law Review – A thorough review of the philosophical, legal and jurisprudential analysis of the political laws of the Philippines such as the Constitution of the Philippines, the Administrative Law, Law on Public Officers, Election Laws, Law on Public Corporations, the Local Government Code and Public International Law and Human Rights.

Problem Areas in Legal Ethics – This discusses problem areas and new jurisprudence on the qualifications of lawyers as dispensers of justice, their admission to the practice of law, their duties, responsibilities and obligations to the court, to society, the public, to the bar and to their clients.

Property – A study of the different kinds of property, the nature of ownership and its modifications, co-ownership, possession, usufruct, easements or servitudes, nuisance, and the different modes of acquiring and losing ownership. Also included in this study are laws pertaining to water and clean air.

Public International Law – An overview of the legal principles governing international politics and international relations based, among others, on the United Nations (UN) Charter, treaties, agreements, principles of relations among nations and the jurisdiction and decisions of international tribunals, such as the ICJ, the War Crimes Tribunals, Terrorism Tribunals and special international tribunals set up to try violations of international law and principles.

Remedial Law Review I – A comprehensive review of the consolidated subjects of Criminal Procedure and Civil Procedure.

Remedial Law Review II – An in-depth study of the consolidated subjects of Special Proceedings, Special Civil Actions, Provisional Remedies and Evidence.

Sales – An in-depth consideration of the provisions of the Civil Code on the contract of sales, its nature and form, the obligations of the buyer and the seller, the concept of warranties, remedies, breach of contract, and conventional and legal redemption. The course includes the Statute of Frauds, assignment of credits and corporeal rights, the Bulk Sales Law, the Maceda Law, Recto Law, the Retail Trade Liberalization Act of 2000 and relevant provisions of the Anti-Dummy Act and the E-Commerce Acts.

Social Legislation and Agrarian Laws – A study of the various laws and jurisprudence on the land reform program of the government, particularly laws on Agricultural Leasehold Tenancy, Presidential Decree No. 27, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program of 1987 and its amendatory laws, including related legislations, as well as its implementing rules; the study also dissects State Insurance Fund, Social Security Act, the Government Service Insurance System Act, PAG-IBIG, and PhilHealth Laws, Maternity and Paternity benefits laws and the Portability Law.

Special Penal Laws – This course deals with the study and analysis of the various laws and court decisions pertaining to the Comprehensive Drugs Act, as amended, the Heinous Crimes, Firearms Law, Money Laundering, the Law on Women and Child Abuse, the law on violations of custodial rights and other human rights, Bouncing Checks Law, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the Law on Plunder, Sexual Harassment Act, Juvenile Welfare Act of 2006, Anti-Wire Tapping Law, the Anti-Fencing Law, Obstruction of Justice Law, the Law Prohibiting the Imposition of Death Penalty, and all other special penal laws on crimes not covered or defined in Book II of the Revised Penal Code.

Special Proceedings – A study of the rules and jurisprudence on settlement of estate, probate proceedings, letters testamentary and administration, encumbrances of property of decedents and escheats. It also includes the provisions on Special Civil Actions found in Rules 62-71, the Writ of Amparo, the Writ of Habeas Data, and other related Supreme Court Circulars and jurisprudence on the rules.

Statutory Construction – A course that examines the use and force of statutes as well as the principles and methods of their application, construction and interpretation.

Taxation Law I – A course dealing with the general principles of the state’s power of taxation, organization, functions and powers of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the statutory provisions on income taxation under the NIRC and its amendments, including pertinent revenue regulations and applicable jurisprudence.

Taxation Law 2 – A study of the concepts and general principles of transfer (estate and donor’s), specific, value added, percentage, amusement, and miscellaneous taxes provided in the National Internal Revenue Code including the general principles on tariff and customs duties under the Tariff and Customs Code, as amended, as well as the system and principles on local and real property taxation embodied in the Local Government Code. This course also includes the analysis of various tax remedies particularly the system of assessment and collection of taxes and duties and includes the study of the jurisdiction of the court of Tax Appeals.

Tax Law Review – A comprehensive survey and review of the general principles of taxation including NIRC provisions on the organization, functions and powers of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, income taxation, transfer taxes, VAT, as well as local and real property taxation as embodied in the Local Government Code and the general principles on tariff and customs duties and tax remedies under the various tax laws.

Torts and Damages – An analysis of the law and jurisprudence on quasi-delicts including the nature, classes and extent of damages under the provisions of the New Civil Code.

Transportation Laws – This course deals with the general principles and basic regulations governing common carriers (land, sea and air) under the New Civil Code, the maritime transactions under the Code of Commerce and other special laws related to common carriers like the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, the Warsaw Convention and its amendments, the Ship Mortgage Decree of 1978 (Presidential Decree No. 1521), the Shipping Act of 2000, the Salvage Law, relevant international covenants on transportation such as the Hamburg Rules, the Hague-Visby Rules and the York Antwerp Rules, and the provisions of the Traffic Laws and Tariff and Customs Code, as well as other public service laws.

Trial Technique – This is a practical instruction in the preparation of cases and trial briefs before the actual trial of cases, both civil and criminal. It includes practical suggestions on effective methods on the gathering of relevant facts, the formulation of the theory of the case, search for legal authorities, drafting of pleadings, interview and examination of the witnesses in the course of the trial, with particular emphasis on Section 1 and 19, Rule 132 of the Rules of Court. The students conduct mock trials to put to practice the technique they have learned.

Wills and Succession – A detailed evaluation of the law on testate and intestate succession, including wills, institution of heirs, computation of legitimes of compulsory heirs, disinheritance, partition and distribution of the estate and the substantive procedure on the settlement and administration of the estate of deceased persons under Book III of the New Civil Code.

Faculty Line-Up (Second Semester 2015)
  • PJ EDILBERTO SANDOVAL
  • JUSTICE AMELITA TOLENTINO
  • JUSTICE ZENAIDA LAGUILLES
  • JUDGE VIVENCIO BACLIG
  • JUDGE LILY BITON
  • JUDGE PELAGIO ESTOPIA
  • JUDGE EDWIN LARIDA
  • JUDGE JOSELITO C. VILLAROSA
  • AMBASSADOR JAIME BAUTISTA
  • STATE PROSECUTOR PHILLIP DELA CRUZ
  • PROSECUTOR ROBINSON LANDICHO
  • PROSECUTOR ROLANDO RAMIREZ
  • STATE SOL. ERIKA FRANCES BULURAN
  • ASSOC. DEAN PONCEVIC CEBALLOS
  • ASSOC. DEAN VIVIANA PAGUIRIGAN
  • PROF. ANTONIO BONILLA
  • PROF. ANATOLY ESTRELLA
  • PROF. FRETTI GANCHOON
  • PROF. VICTORIA LOANZON
  • PROF. MARIDEZ LIM
  • PROF. FREIDRICK VINCENT LU
  • PROF. JULPHA MANINGAS
  • PROF. DEXTER MATIAS (NEW)
  • PROF. RAMEL MURIA
  • PROF. FIDEL NOGRALES
  • PROF. JELAND PORMENTILLA
  • PROF. RUDY ROMERO (NEW)
  • PROF. NATIVIDAD ROMA
About College of Law

Admission Requirements
COLLEGE OF LAW
Tel. No. 526-5109

  1. Incoming Freshman
    • Original Transcript of Records
    • Certificate of Good Morals
    • Certificate of Employment (if working)
    • 4 pictures (2×2)
    • Entrance Examination
  2. Transferee
    • Honorable Dismissal
    • Copy of Transcript of Records
    • Certificate of Good Moral Character
    • Certificate of Employment (If working)
    • 4 pictures (2×2)
    • Entrance Examination
  3. Cross Enrollees
    • Permit to Cross-Enroll