School of Law


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.

Programs We Offer


It is a basic four-year law degree program but without thesis. It likewise presupposes a collegiate or University bachelor’s degree.



It is a basic four-year law degree program with completion of a thesis as prerequisite to graduation. Although classified as a professional doctorate degree, it shall not however entitle the holder of the degree to be addressed with the designation reserved for holders of academic or research doctorate degrees. In addition to the subjects required under the J.D. Non-Thesis Curriculum, additional mandatory and elective courses, as well completion of a thesis, are required under the J.D. Thesis Curriculum.


Master of Laws (Ll.M.) Program

The Master of Laws program is a consortium graduate program offered by the San Sebastian College –Recoletos Graduate School of Law through the University of Cebu School of Law. It is offered exclusively to the faculty and alumni of the University of Cebu School of Law, as well as to the qualified undergraduate faculty and administrators of the University of Cebu. It requires no less than thirty-six (36) units including a master’s thesis that shall be given a credit of six (6) units when successfully defended before a panel of oral examiners.

Upon completion of the program, the degree is to be conferred by the San Sebastian College – Recoletos Graduate School of Law.


News and Events

School of Law Facilities

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School of Law – Dean’s Office
School of Law – Moot Court
School of Law – Classroom 2
School of Law – Classroom 1


University of Cebu School of Law has opened a world of opportunities for me. I have never seen myself excel in anything before, but UC Law saw the potential I never thought I had within me. That is why I would credit whatever I have achieved in law school and in the Bar Exams to the community and family that is UC Law. That is the great thing about UC Law — it brings out the best in you.

Ranked 17th, 2017 Philippine Bar Examination

At UC Law, I was able to accomplish things I never thought I would be able to accomplish. This is because at UC Law, professors push you to reach your potential and go beyond your limits. As a result, you strive to excel and give your 100% may it be in writing case digests, recitations, quizzes, or exams. No task or assignment is ever too small or trivial, because you are constantly reminded that each of those brings you closer to your dreams.

Executive Assistant II, Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod

I believe I was blessed to have enrolled in “the University that cares”. It was that “care” that changed my mindset from cynicism to hope and inspiration—hope for a better tomorrow through better understanding and appreciation of the law and the legal profession, and the inspiration to pay that hope forward by being a dedicated teacher and a good example, just as the UC family has done for me.

Incoming 3L, Juris Doctor Thesis
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Meet the Faculty

Atty. Baldomero Estenzo
Former Dean and Professor
Atty. Joe Vinson Empaces
Atty. Celso Inocente
Ret. Judge Meinrado Paredes
Judge Gerry Robertson Mira
Atty. Josh Carol Ventura
Director For MCLE Program And Professor
Atty. Annie Tan
Assistant To The Dean And Professor
Atty. Edgardo Luardo, Jr.
Atty. Michelle Liao
Atty. Sheryl Jaudines-Seno
Atty. Benison Harayo
Atty. Carlo Vincent Gimena
Atty. Mark Anthony Gaviola
Atty. Joel Famador
Atty. Rose Liza Eisma-Osorio
Atty. Steve Dicdican
Atty. Merachelle Borracho
Atty. Reynoso Belarmino
Atty. Judiel Pareja
Atty. Ella Mae Mendoza
Dean Al-Shwaid Ismael, Esq., Ll.M.
Dean And Professor
Atty. Ria Lidia Espina
Atty. John Patrick Cabrera
Atty. Stephen Yu
Atty. Manuel Elijah Sarausad
Commissioner Julie Rendoque
Atty. Vincent Deo Albeos

Dean’s Message

Dean Al-Shwaid Ismael, Esq., Ll.M. , Dean and Professor of Law

Welcome to the University of Cebu School of Law!

It is my honor to introduce to you this very dynamic, vibrant, diverse, and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Since its first batch of graduates took the 2006 Philippine Bar Examination, UC Law has already produced five Bar Exam placers and several topnotch lawyers who are now successful in their fields of specialization in the judiciary, government agencies, private institutions and organizations, and law firms.

As one of the pioneer graduates, I am a witness to how UC Law, in the short span of about 15 years, has rapidly grown and evolved from an unknown provincial law school to one of the best performing law schools in the country.

UC Law owes its success to its supportive, dedicated, and high-caliber faculty composed of lawyers who are experts in their respective practice areas. Many of our professors are Bar Exam placers and honor graduates who are united in developing grit in our students in their pursuit of excellence. Our professors, who genuinely believe that teaching is a vocation, are passionate about what they teach and thus inspire students to study more and get genuinely interested in what they are learning. Our faculty is known for their “tough love,” wanting only to give their students the best preparation for the legal practice.

As the new dean of UC Law, I am very excited to introduce positive reforms that will further improve its performance as a law school. We shall do this through programs which will strengthen its partnership with various local and international agencies, as well as its linkages with Philippine and foreign law schools. We will ensure constant improvement of its facilities and services, effectively address the mental health and development of its students, improve its ranking in the list of best law schools in the Philippines, and make its presence felt in the international community. To this end, the law school will exert conscious efforts in producing not only globally-competitive and topnotch lawyers, but most importantly, good and responsible human beings.

I invite you to check out more of our website and learn how a legal education from UC Law can help you further your goals in life and make an impact in our community. Please also visit us and let us help you achieve your dream of becoming a lawyer. While there are many law schools in the Philippines, particularly in Cebu, UC Law can offer you not just excellence in legal education but also genuine caring for you as a person and an unwavering commitment to help you become a better person. We look forward to meeting you.


Please contact us for more inquiries by filling out the form below. Or you may reach us in our office using the school information below.

Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
(+63) 32 505 4978