The Faculty of Civil Law aims at the development of men and women trained in the theory and practice of law and so imbued with Christian virtues and principles as to be worthy members of the legal profession and the community, particularly in the pursuit of truth and the promotion of justice under a regime of liberty and democracy.
The Faculty of Civil Law is the oldest lay faculty in the University as well in the Philippines. It was established on September 2, 1734, the same year that the Faculty of Canon Law was founded, with a curriculum identical to that adopted during the time in leading universities in Europe. The number of subjects in the curriculum was later enriched and expanded. During the major part of the Spanish regime the course consisted of twelve semesters (six years), based upon a year of preparatory work.
During the American regime, the University of Santo Tomas modified several times the curriculum of the Faculty of Civil Law in order to meet the changing conditions. But firm in the resolve of turning out worthy members of the Bar and practical Catholic lawyers, the University adhered to its basic policy of retaining in its curriculum important subjects introduced during the Spanish regime in order to fully accomplish the aims and purposes of a sound Catholic legal education.
Under the republic of the Philippines, the faculty of civil law, faithful to the age-old principles guiding her mission, continues imparting the same old formation, exacting the same academic discipline, and striving to serve the best interests of the profession and the nation.
Throughout her centuries old existence, the faculty has served the nation with four presidents: Manuel L. Quezon, Sergio Osmeña, Jose P. Laurel, and Diosdado Macapagal. And it also produced six chief Justices: Cayetano Arellano, Victorio Mapa, Manuel Araullo, Ramon Avanceña, Roberto Conception and Andres P. Narvasa.
The Faculty of Civil Law is located on the ground floor of the Main Building. The newly renovated and fully air-conditioned law library, bar review room, Moot Court and Lecture Halls are for exclusive use of law students. The students are also entitled to the free use of the central library and all sports facilities including a free entrance to the University Museum. A chapel, Bookstore, Restaurant, a post office, bank, hospital and a photo studio are located within the campus for the convenience of the students.
Program Of Studies
The course offered in the faculty of Civil Law deals with the study of laws including Civil, Political, Labor, Criminal, Commercial, Tax, Remedial and other fields of law. This program leads to the degree of bachelor of Laws (L1.B).
The faculty of civil law operates on a semestral basis. Each semester last for about 5 months (June to October for the first semester and November to March of the following year for the second semester)
A 50% scholarship on tuition fee will be granted to honor graduates upon the submission to the office for student Affairs and Community Services ( O.S.A.C. ) of the following requirements: 1. Two (2) original copies of certificate of Good Moral Character;
2. Official Transcript of Scholastic Records; and
3. Certificate of Graduation with honor from the previous school’s Registrar or Dean
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