The ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL (often referred to as
ATENEO LAW SCHOOL) is the law school of the Ateneo de Manila
University , a private
Jesuit university in the
* 1 Academics
* 1.1 Juris Doctor program * 1.2 International Master of Laws Program * 1.3 Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law * 1.4 Bar Review Program * 1.5 Mandatory Continuing Legal Education * 1.6 Other initiatives
* 2 History
* 3 Centers
* 3.1 Ateneo Human Rights Center * 3.2 Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law * 3.3 Ateneo Law School Legal Services Center * 3.4 Center for Continuing Legal Education and Research
* 4 Campus life
* 4.1 Facilities
* 4.1.1 Library
* 4.2 Student Organizations
* 5 Performance in the bar examinations
* 6 People
* 6.1 Administration * 6.2 Faculty
* 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
The Law School's primary academic offering is the 4-year law program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor . Aside from the J.D. program, it also offers a review program for the Philippine Bar Examination , a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education program, as well as seminars, conferences, and talks covering various issues. Faculty and students engage in research which are published in, among other places, the Ateneo Law Journal .
JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM
Ateneo Law School offers a complete 4-year program leading to the
Juris Doctor (J.D.). The J.D. degree was first conferred on
the School Year 1990-1991 graduates. The Ateneo was the first law
school in the
The Ateneo JD program covers the different aspects of legal study required for admission to the practice of law. Among the key subjects are constitutional and political law, civil law, criminal law , remedial law, commercial law, international law, tax law, and legal ethics. There is a particular emphasis on legal and judicial ethics, with subjects on legal philosophy and history, legal profession, theology and Church social teachings, and ethics being part of the core Ateneo law program.
In addition to these courses, students are required to undergo an apprenticeship program where junior and senior students get to appear in first level courts and work with other Ateneo law alumni on cases for marginalized sectors of the country. Students are also exposed to work with law firms, government agencies, public or private legal assistance agencies, courts in the Philippines, and work in the Ateneo's own Human Rights Center and Legal Services Center.
Students also customize a part of their studies by choosing elective courses from a pool of offerings spanning a broad range of legal and social interests.
As one of the final requirements, Ateneo law students are also required to prepare and defend a thesis on a novel and exigient subject of law. The work on the thesis culminates in the fourth year of studies, under the supervision of a faculty adviser and a committee.
INTERNATIONAL MASTER OF LAWS PROGRAM
Beginning the academic year of 2011, the Law School will offer an International Master of Laws Program ("LLM Program"). Discussions and plans for the LLM Program began in 2007 and was headed by Associate Dean Sedfrey Candelaria.
The LLM Program is a one-year program with a summer term and two academic semesters. In the summer term, all students taken introductory classes including Introduction to the Philippine Hybrid Legal System (for foreign students), a Seminar on Contemporary Developments in International Law, Methods of Research and Statistics, Fundamentals of Thesis Writing, and a Seminar on Comparative Studies.
In each of the first and second semesters of the regular academic year, students enroll in at least 10 units of major elective courses under the LL.M. Program, following an area of specializations. There are five planned areas of specialization which are ASEAN Legal Practice, International Human Rights, International Corporate and Business Law, International Economic Law, and International Commercial Arbitration. The LLM Program culminates with the preparation and defense of a thesis.
MASTER OF LAWS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
The Law School entered into an agreement with the Intellectual
Property Office of the
BAR REVIEW PROGRAM
The Law School offers a six-month comprehensive review program to prepare law students for the Philippine Bar Examination . It is open to both Ateneo Law School graduates and to graduates of other law schools. The program features classes and lectures from members of the Law School's faculty as well as other legal scholars and practitioners. The program also has as part of its services the preparation and filing of Ateneo Law School graduates' petitions to the Supreme Court to take and qualify for the bar examinations.
MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
The Law School also offers a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program for lawyers to comply with the MCLE requirements set by the Supreme Court. The program is administered by the Center for Continuing Legal Education and Research.
Aside from its curricular offerings, the law school also hosts conferences, talks, and symposia hosted by groups such as the Ateneo Human Rights Center and the Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law. that bring together members of academe, students, and political and business leaders. The various centers also publish studies, articles, and papers in numerous publications.
DEANS OF THE ATENEO LAW SCHOOL
JUSTICE MANUEL LIM, 1936 - 1941
DEOGRACIAS T. REYES, 1948 -1958
JEREMIAS U. MONTEMAYOR, 1958 - 1967
JUSTICE POMPEYO DIAZ, 1967 - 1974
FR. JOAQUIN G. BERNAS, S.J. , 1974 - 1976
JUDGE JESUS DE VEYRA, 1976 - 1981
JUDGE SIMEON FERRER, 1981 - 1984
EDUARDO DE LOS ANGELES , 1984 - 1990
CYNTHIA ROXAS-DEL CASTILLO , 1990 - 2000
FR. JOAQUIN G. BERNAS, S.J. , 2000 - 2004
CESAR L. VILLANUEVA , 2004 - 2012
SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA , 2012–PRESENT
The Ateneo de
The School closed in 1941 as a result of the outbreak of the Second
World War . The destruction of its facilities caused by the battle for
the liberation of
The School remained at Padre Faura as other units of the Ateneo moved
to Loyola Heights in
In October, 1986, the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) was established. It was formally integrated into the Law School in 1996 and began to handle the Ateneo Legal Aid Program.
In 1984 until 1990, the School began work on restructuring the law program under the supervision of Dean Eduardo delos Angeles, and applied for government approval to confer the degree of Juris Doctor. The development, implementation, and growth happened in the term of Dean Cynthia del Castillo, which began in 1990. In 1991, the School conferred the Juris Doctor degree. Transfer to Rockwell
In the latter part of 1998, the Law School transferred to its present location at the Ateneo Professional Schools Building at the Rockwell Center in Makati City. That same year, the Center for Continuing Legal Education (CCLE) was created as a special unit to provide a venue for continuing legal education programs for the active Bench and Bar as required by the Supreme Court.
On July 1, 2000, the Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law (TCRL) was inaugurated. In the same year, constitutionalist and former Ateneo de Manila University President Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J. reassumed the position of Dean, which he previously held from 1974-1976.
In 2004, the School formally launched the Ateneo Legal Services Center.
ATENEO HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER
The Ateneo Human Rights Center works on the Ateneo's advocacy work for victims of human rights violations and for causes of women and children. Its range of human rights concerns is handled by its Migrants' Desk, Women's Desk, Katutubo (Indigenous Peoples) Desk, and initiatives such as the Adhikain para sa Karapatang Pambata (AKAP), the Working Group for n Asean Human Rights Mechanism, Paralegal Training and Education, and its Summer Internship Program (SIP). It is an active member of the Alternative Law Group, Inc., and the Makati Integrated Jail Group, among others. The Center assigns law students work with human rights organizations in the Philippines, conducts training seminars for the benefit of government and non-government organizations and grass-root communities through its internship programs. It also publishes a monthly newsletter.
CHIEF JUSTICE CLAUDIO TEEHANKEE CENTER FOR THE RULE OF LAW
The Teehankee Center is a student-based research and policy organization of the Ateneo Law School, supported by the Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee foundation. It is devoted to the study of the rule of law, a legal philosophy that seeks to address the question of how to build a society and country governed by stable and reasoned laws and policies, and where the needs of economic development and individual freedoms are balanced. The Center arranges fora for scholars, members of academe, and political and business leaders. Its lectures and fora focus on rule of law issues involving ethics and the legal profession, economic development and constitutional principles, judicial history, and legal theory. It also holds the collection of legal and private papers of Chief Justice Teehankee. The Center seeks to build on the collection through the contribution of leading lawyers and academicians as ably assisted by various research volunteers in fields such as the Rule of Law and Legal Theory, Constitutional Law, E-commerce, International Law, Development Law, and other legal issues.
ATENEO LAW SCHOOL LEGAL SERVICES CENTER
Formerly the Legal Aid Office of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, the ALS Legal Services Center (ALSC) was set up to expand the opportunity of Ateneo law students to take part in the School's legal aid and related programs, rendering service to indigent clients and children, as well as to expose Ateneo law students to alternative lawyering.
CENTER FOR CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
The Center provides lawyers complied with the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education regulations of the Supreme Court, as well as seminars and courses covering contemporaneous developments in the legal field.
The Law School is housed in the Ateneo Professional Schools Building
located at the
The ground floor features an atrium, an outdoor quadrangle, the APS chapel, a cafeteria, and some administration offices. Also located on the ground floor are the Law Thesis Office, Ateneo Human Rights Center, and Law Students Activity Center.
Housed on the third floor are the Law School Administration offices, Law School Center for Continuing Legal Education, the Ateneo Legal Services Center, Law School Publications Center, Law School. There are also two small bridgeways connecting the two wings of the building, which allow small discussion groups to assemble.
On the north wing of the fourth floor are the Teehankee Special Collection, the Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law Reading Room, the 102-seat Veritas Amphitheater, the 125-seat Justitia Moot Court, and a roofdeck.
The Ateneo Law Library collections are located in the Ateneo Professional Schools Library at the building's first basement level. The APS Auditorium is also located on the first basement level, while the rest of the basement floors are parking facilities for the exclusive use of the Ateneo community.
The Ateneo Law Library collection forms part of the Ateneo Professional Schools Library, located on the first basement level. The Law Library contains one of the most comprehensive collections of law books in the Philippines. Among the holdings are complete sets of Philippine Statutes, law reports, digests and treaties, and also published and unpublished Ateneo J.D. theses. Also in the library are copies the leading law encyclopedias, reports, digests, references, and treatises of the United States and Spain, as well as an extensive collection of books and treatises on Constitutional Law and Government. The multi-volume Philippine Reports, Supreme Court Reports Annotated, and other materials, and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business Theses are also available. The library's collection of books on human rights, local and foreign legal periodicals, including loose-leaf services from the Commercial Clearing House (CCH) and Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), is one of the largest in the country.
A collection of non-print materials also forms the bulk of resources of the Library.
The library also offers materials on microfiche, a computerized catalogue of books and reported cases, video-format instructional materials, and photocopying and computer facilities.
The resources and facilities of the University Library system, which
The Law School is home to numerous student organizations, aside from the Student Council. These organizations span a number of interests and activities. They include:
* ATENEO CENTRAL BAR OPERATIONS - The student arm in charge of
mobilizing student activities to help
Ateneo Law School alumni when
they take the annual Bar Examinations. Its activities include
providing study materials, organizing hotel accommodations, and other
support activities exclusively for Ateneo bar examinees. The
organization has been instrumental in the Ateneo's consistent standing
in the annual Bar Examinations.
* ATENEO HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER
* ATENEO LAW GOLF CLUB
* ATENEO LAW JOURNAL - The Ateneo de
* ATENEO LAW SCHOOL CHOIR - Members of the Choir sing at the regular Saturday masses at the APS chapel, and participate in other student activities. * ATENEO SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW - The Society is the official administrator of moot court competitions of the Ateneo School of Law. It takes charge of training and sending teams to various international competitions on public international law, international humanitarian law, and international commercial arbitration. The Society has repeatedly reaped awards for Best Memorial, Best Oralist, and Best Team in various competitions, most notably the Philip Jessup Moot Court Competition and Asia Cup Moot . * CAMPUS MINISTRY OFFICE VOLUNTEERS - The Campus Ministry Volunteers help foster prayer life among the members of the community. Its members serve during the regular celebrations of the Mass and during retreats. * CHIEF JUSTICE CLAUDIO TEEHANKEE CENTER FOR THE RULE OF LAW * ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SOCIETY OF THE ATENEO - ELSA is a student advocacy group working with other NGO’s such as ULAN, WWF, Greenpeace, and other groups to develop ways by which the student body can expose itself to environmental issues and the treasures of the environment. * SALSA - A dance organization at the Law School. * ST. THOMAS MORE DEBATE SOCIETY - A debate society at the Law School. It also vies with the Ateneo Society of International Law for the chance to represent the Ateneo at the Jessup moot court competition. * THE FORUM - The official yearbook of the Law School. * THE PALLADIUM - The Palladium is the official student publication of the Ateneo School of Law. It currently publishes a regular news magazine. In the past, it published its material in Berliner form. * FORTE - Ateneo Law School Music Ensemble * PONENCIA: THE ATENEO LAW LITERARY SOCIETY * BLUE PIXEL - The Ateneo Law Modern Visual Arts Society
PERFORMANCE IN THE BAR EXAMINATIONS
The school has been successful in its education of lawyers since its foundation, as measured by the performance of Ateneo graduates in the bar examinations. Ever since the institution of the JD program, the Ateneo has managed to produce most of the examinees who make it to the top 10. It has also managed to maintain the highest average passing percentage in this period.
In 2004, 112 out of 117 Ateneo law graduates passed the Bar Exam with
the school attaining a passing average of 95.72%. The national passing
average is 31.61%, with the reported passing rates of the next best
two law schools are 90.8% of San Beda College and 86% of University of
In the 2011 Bar Examinations, three Ateneo graduates topped the exam: Raoul Angelo Atadero, who also graduated as valedictorian of his batch, placed 1st, Luz Danielle Bolong placed 2nd, and Irene Marie Qua, who placed 8th. Ateneo had the second-highest passing rate next to the University of Philippines, with 92.73% of its examinees passing the bar.
As of 2015, the Ateneo Law School is ranked the second-best law school in the country (first among private institutions), according to the Legal Education Board . The rankings are based on the passing rates from the three most recent Bar examinations, 2012,2013, and 2014 with ALS garnering a cumulative passing rate of 67.55%.
In the 2016 Bar Examinations, the Ateneo Law School had a 97.36% over-all passing rate or 221 passers out of 227 bar takers, and a 99.44% passing rate or 177 passers out of 178 first-time takers.
When it comes to the historical average passing rate of the Bar Exams, Ateneo Law School is ranked #1, in terms of passing. From 1996-2005, the Ateneo Law School held a passing average of 89.19%. While in 2009, the Commission on Higher Education released the top 10 law schools, wherein the Ateneo Law School held a passing average of 91.24%. In both times, the Ateneo Law School was #1, with the #2 spot trailing by 3% to 4%.
The Law School administration is led by Dean Sedfrey Candelaria . Sitting as Dean Emeritus is former Dean Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J. . Atty. Giovanni Vallente holds the position of Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Atty. Lily K. Gruba holds the position of Associate Dean for Continuing Education. Its registrar is Cesar A. Mansibang, and its chaplain is Fr. Filoteo A. Mangulabnan, S.J.
The Ateneo Law School faculty includes private, public, and corporate legal practitioners, government officials, jurists, professionals who have worked with the United Nations and the government, Jesuits, and teachers who have had experience teaching in foreign academic institutions. A number of professors are mediators of the Court of Appeals, as well as key officers and professors of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), which handles the training of judges and justices and assists in the pursuit of reforms in the judiciary.
Ateneo Law School facade *
Sedfrey Candelaria , incumbent Dean *
Office of the Law Dean *
Registrar's Office *
View of the floors, Atrium *
APS Chapel of Saint Thomas More , ground floor *
* ^ A B "Philippine Bar Exam: