To become one of the best law schools, if not the best law school, in the Asia Pacific Region that promote law reform, social development, respect for the rule of law, and awareness of civic responsibility of lawyers.
As center for quality legal learning and research, to provide student-centered and socially-relevant education through globally competitive academic and professional skills development programs.
To this end, we shall:
- Attract, retain, and develop top caliber students, faculty and staff;
- Develop and continually upgrade our curriculum;
- Provide and maintain world-class facilities and quality services for the students, faculty and staff;
- Institutionalize our scholarship programs;
- Strengthen our linkages with local and foreign agencies and institutions;
- Participate actively in advocacy and legal aid programs; and
- Maintain and improve our various programs, including the MCLE.
Consistent with its Vision and Mission, UC School of Law aims to:
- Clarify and push the frontiers of knowledge in law through basic legal education and research;
- Promote the good of the person and the welfare of society through the pursuit of truth within the mechanisms of a democratic society;
- Advance the cause of the less-privileged and the marginalized sectors of the country through an efficient delivery of justice in the courts of law; and
- Produce competent and exemplary lawyers who passes not only the orientation, knowledge and skills in law but also the desirable moral values expected of the members of the legal profession.
In carrying out its Goals, UC School of Law adopts and will inculcate in its students, faculty, and staff the following values of the University:
- Innovation – We embrace change and technological advancement to improve lives.
- Camaraderie – We live together in the spirit of love, harmony, and respect for the dignity of the human person.
- Alignment – We value common good and appreciate oneness, fairness and consistency.
- Respect – We practice professionalism at all times and abide by the University’s guiding principles.
- Excellence – We are driven and committed to become the finest higher educational institution.
University of Cebu School of Law
The University of Cebu School of Law (formerly, “University of Cebu College of Law”) was established in 2002 through the efforts of the University of Cebu President, Atty. Augusto W. Go with the assistance of Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Regino C. Hermosisma, Jr. and former UC Law Deans, Atty. Adelino B. Sitoy and Atty. Baldomero C. Estenzo. The law school is located at the University of Cebu Banilad Campus since its establishment. To attract exceptional students and assure itself of a good performance in the Philippine Bar Examination, it offered charter and other types of scholarships to prospective students who graduated with honors in their undergraduate degrees. It also made a commitment, which is true to this day, to give away cars to its law graduates who will land in the top ten in the Philippine Bar Examination.
The establishment of the law school was a realization of Atty. Go’s dream (being a lawyer himself) of establishing a law school that would produce competent and globally-competitive lawyers who possess a strong sense of responsibility for helping the community, uphold the rule of law, and evoke a fervid desire for law reforms and dedication for people empowerment.
Within a relatively short period of time, the law school has gained popularity for its outstanding track record, generous scholarship programs, and “top the Bar, get a car” stratagem. It is also one of the very few law schools, if not the only law school, in the country with a “no tuition fee increase” policy, i.e., a student’s tuition fee on his or her first year in law school will remain the same until he or she reaches fourth year.
Its first batch of graduates took the 2006 Philippine Bar Examination and produced a very impressive performance – an 80% passing rate and an 8th placer. Since its debut, UC School of Law has consistently made it to the top 10 best performing Philippine law schools and has produced five Bar Exam placers. It also participated in several mooting competitions and has won several awards, including the honor of representing the country in the international rounds, e.g., the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition, the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, to name a few.
The law school is an active member of the Philippine Association of Law Schools, the International Association of Law Schools, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law.
It is one of the few law schools in the country with a Clinical Legal Education Program that is accredited by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. It also has a Law Center that is an accredited Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider which periodically offers topics and courses, as prescribed and/or approved by the Supreme Court of the Philippines, for the continuing education of the members of the legal profession. It primarily caters to lawyers coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
UC School of Law is committed to provide a student-centered and socially-relevant legal education through its dynamic and globally-oriented academic and professional skills development programs.