College of Law


The UB College of Law is the first law school in the province of Batangas established in 1949. The opening of the College of Law was a commitment of the institution’s founders to give access to affordable quality legal education to students who do not have the means to pursue a law degree in Manila and realize their dreams of becoming members of the legal profession. From 1949 to 1979, the College of Law produced lawyers who have distinguished themselves in different areas of law. The College closed down in 1979, but re-opened in 1993 sharing the core vision of the University of Batangas “to be a center of excellence committed to serve the broader community through quality education” Government Recognition for the degree Bachelor of Laws was granted by the Commission on Higher Education on April 11, 1997. To the working professionals in the province of Batangas who would not otherwise have the opportunity to obtain a law degree in Manila, the re-opening of UB Law was a step towards the realization of their dreams.

As a commitment to continuously improve its quality and service to the community, the College of Law applied for and was granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) the permit to convert its basic law program from Bachelor of Laws to Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) in 1999. This made the UB College of Law the second school in the country that offers the JD program. In 2001, the Supreme Court approved UB Law’s petition to operate a Legal Aid Office as a facility to provide its students with a Clinical Legal Education program. The program provides a venue for students to apply procedural and substantive law learned in class to actual legal practice under the supervision of a member of the bar.

In 2007, Retired Supreme Court Justice Artemio Panganiban cited UB College of Law as one of the five provincial law schools that made significant inroads in surpassing the national passing of the bar examinations in his column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In 2010, CHED awarded the UB College of Law with Five Hundred Thousand Pesos for ranking 15th among the top twenty law schools nationwide.

The Lipa City campus opened in 2011 with Juris Doctor as one of its program offerings. The opening of a law school in UBLC gave wider access to legal education in the province of Batangas. In 2015, the Legal Education Board granted recognition to the UBLC JD program allowing the College to confer the degree Juris Doctor to students who successfully complete the requirements of the program. Similarly in 2012, the Batangas Campus shifted from Doctor of Jurisprudence to the Juris Doctor Program adopting the same program as the Lipa Campus. A defining moment for UB Law was the results of the 2013 bar examinations where 2013 class valedictorian Rudy V. Ortea ranked third with an average of 84.42%. Atty. Ortea’s achievement was replicated in 2016 with Nia Rachelle Mendoza-Gonzales making it to 9th place. Even more impressive was Atty. Gonzales’ perfect score of 100% in Remedial Law, a subject most dreaded by bar examinees.

The aim of the College of Law is to provide unparalleled legal education in the region and to instill among students loyalty to the basic tenets of the law along the institution’s philosophy of Faith in God, Love of Country and Service to Fellowmen, to develop a well-rounded individual with Spirit, Intellect and Purpose and to graduate future competitive ethical and Christian lawyers who will either serve in the Bench or the Ba


The College of Law is to provide unparalleled legal education in the Southern Tagalog region and to Provide law students with the foundational mindset, knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare them for the bar examinations and future competitive law practice.


The College of Law envisions to be the premier law school in the region and to produce lawyers imbued with social, moral, and ethical responsibilities of the legal profession.


1. Maintain impressive performance in the bar examinations.
2. Afford opportunities for experiential learning to prepare law students for varied demands of professional legal work.
3. Provide a creative learning environment to harness the analytical reasoning skills, oral advocacy, argumentation and legal research and writing abilities of law students.

The College of Law offers a four-year thesis program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (JD). The JD program is a professional doctorate degree running through four years and covers the basic principles and theories of the law and jurisprudence.

Program Educational Objective

The program was designed to enable law students to acquire the necessary legal skills and attitudes and be of tangible service to their local communities and the nation at every level of legal studies.

Program Outcomes

The basic law program through the revised model curriculum shall produce graduates who are professionally competent, practice-ready, active, self-directed and lifelong learners responsible, highly ethical, honorable, socially mindful and gender sensitive; willing leaders and servants; and, thinkers and innovators in law. (LEBMO No. 24 Sec. 5, Series of 2021)
The College of Law adopted The Revised Model Curriculum (RMLC) under LEBMO No. 24 Series of 2021 on the First Semester of AY 2022-2023. The RMLC reduced the minimum academic unit load for each subject and the total units for the program. This allows the law students more time for reflective learning and to address health and well-being concerns. The result is a holistic approach to educating students by improving on traditional methods of teaching and learning that are more appropriate for higher learning and graduate studies. (LEBMO No. 24 Sec. 4 (g))

RMLC is rooted in the context that the basic law program is a graduate level of study. It recognizes that the law faculty and the law students equally share in the responsibility of achieving academic goals. This is premised on the concept that the law student is an adult learner, is self-directed, an independent and experiential learner, and a co-creator of knowledge. (LEBMO No. 24 Sec. 5, Series of 2021)


Dean Hernando B. Perez
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Dr. Hernando B. Perez
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Judge Elmer H. Alea
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Atty. Cipriano U. Asilo
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Judge Florencio S. Arellano
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Justice Eleuterio L. Bathan
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Atty. Maria Concepcion H. Beloso
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Atty. Jane Lancie H. Dimaculangan
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Atty. Minerva R. Dimaano
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Atty. Kenneth Beneri A. Galvez
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Atty. Francis S. Ganzon
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Judge Maria Socorro A. Godoy
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Atty. Marian L. Hermoso
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Atty. Gertrude Feliz Henandez-Buenaflor
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Atty. Jordan B. Jalbuna
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Judge Ireneo Lustre
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Judge Maricel Magpantay-Ng
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Dr. Loralie Evangeline P. Miranda
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Atty. Ricardo B. Manalo
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Atty. Felix Leonard Novicio
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Atty. Rachelle Alma R. Panganiban
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Dr. Czar Quinto
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Atty. Sonny Jose M. Ricablanca
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Judge Charito M. Sawali
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Partnerships and Linkages

Legal Education Board
Supreme Court of the Philippines
Asia Foundation
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law
Philippine Earth Justice Center (PEJC)

University of Batangas, Batangas Campus
O-201, UB Life Building, Hilltop Campus Batangas City
723-1446 local 107 (UBBC)

University of Batangas, Lipa Campus
A Building Governor Feliciano Leviste Road, Marawoy Lipa City
723-1446 local 820 (UBLC)
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Is PhilSAT a requirement to enroll in law?

No, PhilSAT is no longer required for enrollment in a basic law program. However, interested applicants must successfully pass the qualifying examination administered by the College of Law.

How long does it take for a student to complete a law degree?

A basic law degree is a four-year course. Students who enroll with a regular course load each semester can expect to complete the program within a period of four years.

What is the Juris Doctor (JD) degree?

The Juris Doctor is the universal academic degree conferred upon graduates of the basic law course in the Philippines. This degree is considered a graduate degree, as only graduates holding four-year bachelor’s degrees are eligible for admission to a basic law program.

Does the UB College of Law offer Bachelor of Laws?

No, the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) program is no longer offered in the Philippines. All law schools in the country have fully transitioned to offering the Juris Doctor (JD) program since the academic year 2018-2019.

Is JD offered in UB Lipa Campus?

Yes, the Juris Doctor (JD) program is available at both the University of Batangas – Batangas City (UBBC) and University of Batangas – Lipa City (UBLC) campuses. The College of Law at UBBC and UBLC operates as a unified unit under one administration, and the majority of professors teach at both campuses.
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