COLLEGE OF LAW
The J.D. program of the College of Law will equip its graduates with the necessary skills to successfully hurdle the Bar Examinations. But its purpose and design is to prepare them for their duties and responsibilities as vanguards of justice, protectors and promoters of the Rule of Law, and future Members of the Bar.
Effective the 2nd semester of academic year 2018-2019, the University has conferred the degree Juris Doctor (J.D.) non-thesis to the graduates of its College of Law, pursuant to Legal Education Board Memorandum Order No. 19, series of 2018 (migration of the basic law course to Juris Doctor).
The University of San Agustin College of Law was founded in 1939 with the goal of providing the people of Western Visayas with access to the Rule of Law, by producing lawyers whose legal education is marked by ethical competence and intellectual excellence.
While its operations were suspended due to the outbreak of World War II, these promptly resumed in 1946. A year later, the Department of Instruction issued Government Recognition No. 308, Series of 1947 to authorize then-Colegio de San Agustin, now University of San Agustin to grant the degree of Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B.) effective July 1, 1947. Its first batch of graduates who have been dubbed the “Seven Wise Men” took and passed the 1947 Bar Examinations with one of them, Antonio Montelibano, obtaining the third highest rank.
Graduates of the College of Law are now conferred Juris Doctor (J.D.) effective the second semester of academic year 2018-2019, pursuant to Legal Education Board Memorandum Order No. 19, series of 2018. But whether LL.B. or J.D., the Augustinian legal education and values that the College of Law imparts to its students and promotes to society remains the same. It has, and continues to mold generations of advocates whose legal knowledge is strengthened by their conscience, or at the very least their common sense: their Scientia, tempered by their Virtus.