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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Top law schools in the Philippines

Showing the desire of the Philippine Government to improve the standards of legal education in
the country, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has announced that it would close
down seven law schools in the country because not one of their graduates had passed the bar
exams in the last 10 years, according to CHED chairman Emmanuel Angeles.. Angeles said that
they would start with the law programs of the (East Central Colleges, Eastern Samar State
University, Polytechnic College of La Union, Samar College, Ramon Magsaysay Technological
University, Southern Bicol College, and Abra Valley College. The Virgen De Los Remedios
College, International Harvardian University , Manuel A. Roxas Educational Institution, and the
Zamboanga A.E. College) had earlier voluntarily phased-out their law programs after a review of
their bar exam records. He added that universities and colleges that had only less than five
percent of their graduates passing the bar from 1999 to 2009 would also be warned to improve
their performance. While cracking down on non-performing law schools, the CHED chairman
also released a list of the countrys Top 20 law schools in terms of their percentile passing
These schools were:
1. Ateneo de Manila University,
2. San Beda College,
3. University of the Philippines,
4. Far Eastern University-DLSU (Juris Doctor-MBA),
5. Ateneo de Davao University,
6. University of San Carlos,
7. University of Santo Tomas,
8. University of Cebu,
9. University of Perpetual Help-Rizal,
10. Arellano University,
11. Xavier University,
12. Far Eastern University,
13. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila,
14. University of San Agustin,
15. University of Batangas,
16. Palawan State University,
17. Polytechnic University of the Philippines,
18. Saint Louis University,
19. Lyceum of the Philippines, and the
20. San Sebastian College-Recolectos de Manila.
Posted by Atty. Manuel J. LASERNA Jr. at 5:39 PM