College of Law
Within the framework of the basic commitment of Silliman University to the Christian faith, the College of Law aims: (1) to prepare students for a career in Law; (2) to train them for service, responsibility and leadership in the government and the private sector; (3) to instill professional growth and improvement; and (4) to produce competent, honest and dedicated lawyers motivated by the ideals of truth, justice and Christian love.In addition to other applicable University rules, the Bachelor of Laws (LI.B.) is conferred upon students who have satisfied the entrance requirements and completed the full course of instruction, with a cumulative Q.P.A. of 2.3, as minimum requirement.
The College is housed in the Cornelio T. Villareal Hall, along Hibbard Avenue near the downtown area of Dumaguete City, on the idyllic Silliman campus. It has spacious classrooms, a comfortable moot court, and convenient student and faculty lounges. The Law Library is now located on the second floor of Villareal Hall, adjoining the classrooms and readily accessible to all students and faculty. It is fully airconditioned.
Established in 1935, the College opened with a freshman class of only 22 members. Dr. Emilio Javier was its first Dean and together with Atty. Felix G. Gaudiel, composed the faculty. In 1937, the entire four-year course was offered. Marcos Calo, who later became the congressman of Agusan became the first law graduate in 1938. He passed the Bar exams that same year and gave Silliman its first taste of a 100% bar success.
The first class of 1940 gave the College its first woman Graduate in 1941, it produced first magna cum laude graduate in the person of Artemio Arrieta. However Mr. Arrieta did not take the board that same year. But Oscar Victoriano, class salutatorian evened up the loss by getting 3rd. Place in the Bar Exams that year with a rating of 89.55%.
Today, the Silliman University College of Law stands proud more than ever. Guided by its battlecry, LAW WITH A CONSCIENCE, the College "seeks to teach its students not just the correct undertanding of legal provisions and principles but their ethical implementation to society and people.." Suffice to say, for the 10 year period 1978-1987, the College was ranked No. 7 by DECS among 57 law schools throughout the country. For 1988 to 1992, the school ranked No. 10 among 63 law schools with a curriculum based on the Model Law Curriculum developed by Philippine Association of Law Schools approved by College continues to set its sight higher year after year.