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Top 10 Law Schools in the Philippines (2010)

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Below is a list of the top 10 law schools in the Philippines. The list is based on reputable statistics from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), which gathers official data on schools and colleges and judges their performance.

Choosing the right law school may make or break your career as a lawyer. So, choose wisely. Utilize this list when making that important decision.

Top 10 Law Schools in the Philippines (2010)

  1. Ateneo de Manila University: 91.24%
  2. San Beda College: 88.4%
  3. University of the Philippines: 82.85%
  4. Far Eastern University-De La Salle University (Juris Doctor MBA): 77.42%
  5. Ateneo de Davao University: 75.92%
  6. University of San Carlos: 68.2%
  7. University of Santo Tomas: 67.64%
  8. University of Cebu: 52.81%
  9. University of Perpetual Help-Rizal: 50.81%
  10. Arellano University: 49.3%

According to bar exam results released in 2010, the top two bar examinees with the highest scores studied at San Beda College of Law. Seven of the next ten highest-scoring examinees studied at Ateneo de Manila University. The remaining two examinees attended University of the Philippines.

The rankings above come from the official statistics of the CHED and are based on passing rates and the law schools' performance over the past ten years.

Admission Requirements

The majority of law schools in the Philippines require their applicants to have a bachelor’s or master's degree with at least 18 units of English, 6 units of mathematics, 18 units of social science, and 3 units from the Rizal course.

Law schools admit qualified students of any age, sex, religion, or educational background. Important academic and personal documents are also required to apply. Some law colleges require a law aptitude exam and other qualifying exams before accepting law students. Different schools have different admission processes, but all of them comply with Section 6, Rule 138 of the Rules of the Court of the Philippines, which states that:

No applicant for admission to the bar examination shall be admitted unless he presents a certificate that he has satisfied the Secretary of Education that, before he began the study of law, he had pursued and satisfactorily completed in an authorized and recognized university or college, requiring for admission thereto the completion of a four-year high school course, the course of study prescribed therein for a bachelor’s degree in arts or sciences with any of the following subjects as major field of concentration: Political Science, Logic, English, History and Economics.

They also adhere to the rules stated in Circular No. 46, series of 1996, of the CHED, which specifically states:

In accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 7722, otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994,” and to afford Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) more leeway in the determination of their curricular offerings and student eligibility requirements so that they may be able to better attune the same to local, regional and national goals, progressive deregulation vis-a-vis HEIs hereby declared a policy of the Commission. Consequently, effective Collegiate Year (CY) 1996-1997, the following functions of the Commission are hereby delegated to the HEIs concerned, to wit:

1. Issuance of Eligibility for Admission to Higher Education Programs. - Henceforth, the responsibility for and accountability of determining the eligibility of students for admission to the Law . . . courses are hereby transferred to the concerned HEIs provided the following are met and/or observed:

a) Law. - The applicant student must be a graduate of a bachelor’s degree and must have earned eighteen (18) units of English, six (6) units of Mathematics, and eighteen (18) units of Social Science subjects;...


The law school tuition fee in the Philippines usually ranges from 40,000 pesos or more per semester, depending on the university.

Tuition is cheaper at some state universities like the University of the Philippines, since some of the fees there are subsidized by the government.

Keep in mind that most law schools offer scholarships, grants, and financial aid to qualified candidates.

© 2010 twentyfive


PANCHO on March 22, 2020:

I am still interested to further my knowledge in the study of Philippine Laws thru an online teaching education in Laws of the Philippines. Possible to acquire this objective to graduate LLB thru Online Education?

ZAAANDERRR on December 09, 2019:

Magkano per unit sa UP law school, San Beda, and PUP? thanks

Xtra on May 03, 2019:

what do you guys think about University of Manila College of Law?

Isko on June 10, 2016:

PUP has an average of 50% passing rate for the past 3 years and the tuition fee ranges from 6,000 pesos for 12 units to 10,000 for 18 units. It offers a 500/unit.

lpjs on August 22, 2015:

For those aspiring lawyers who wants to consider uste, a simple inside info, Dean devina decided to implement a new policy in hopes of producing topnotchers and increasing passers. Aside from laying a higher maintaining grade, speculations says that there will be a mock bar exams for every year and you can't move to a higher level unless you pass it, though the said regulations are roughly implemented already. Next year or so, the civil law will make it mandatory for every student. But don't fret! The dean loves to throw bar reviewers and such. Hope this is a helpful insight :)

Bedan on October 03, 2014:

San Beda is really one of the best

Law School alumni include Leila De Lima, Rene Saguisag, Raul Roco, Ramon Mitra, Florenz Regalado (got the highest score in History of Bar), Romeo Callejo, Eduardo Nachura, Jose Catral Mendoza and a lot more!

steph on February 27, 2014:

Go uste!!! :)))

duh! on October 29, 2013:

are you sure about university of cebu? Isn't it University of the Cordilleras located in Baguio City? Check it out.

cae on May 21, 2013:

how about manila law college? any comment ? thanks

fraps on May 02, 2013:

This is a very interesting thread. Thanks for making/writing this.

You know what? You guys sound so funnnny. Are you all Law Grads or Law Students?

Base on your comments, it's like your battling for your Alma Mater. Right or wrong? haha.

Honestly, I am about to enroll Law on one the schools that you've mentioned. FEU graduate ako and I decided to enroll LAW sa "secret". You've been battling for your bet school without studying first the why's, the who's, the how's, etc.

If we will talk about those people whom we can say na product ng mga schools na sinasabi 'nyo, then why don't we consider Jose Rizal University? Why? You better search for the answer coz alam ko na sagot e. haha.

For those people who asking about the tuitions, about kung macrecredit ba yung subjects pag nagtransfer. Hey, don't you have your computer to search for the websites of those schools? And then get the number? And then call? And then ask? OMG, grow up. Don't just rely on the comments. Para-paraan! Isip isip din pag may time.

trigger05 on April 10, 2013:

University of San Carlos is a force to reckon with...

chona on March 29, 2013:

FEU Institute of Law - one of the Outstanding Law School awarded by Board of Legal Education same with UST .

twentyfive (author) on January 20, 2013:

Nice one :)

cherrie on January 17, 2013:

adamson university san marcelino st. ermita manila

twentyfive (author) on September 23, 2012:

Law School sounds so hip!

magalingnapogi on September 20, 2012:

i want to be a Lawyer..

John on August 26, 2012:


Bibz0630 on August 17, 2012:

I think this is the Ranking in the recent Bar Exams:

1. San Beda

2. Ateneo

3. UP


twentyfive (author) on June 26, 2012:

I know you can take an entrance exam and complete your units while taking Law curriculum subjects but I'm not sure if all schools allow that

jenjenjenjen on June 25, 2012:

Question, I'm a nursing grad, gusto ko mag law and feeling ko kulang ang units ko sa English and social sci. Ibig sabihin ba hindi pa ko pwede magtake ng entrance exam sa kahit anong law school?Or pwede bang habang nagtatake ako ng law, icocomplete ko yung mga kulang ko na units?Thank you!:)

ALVIN on June 24, 2012:

Kudos to ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY.Best Law School Outside Metro Manila. It even surpassed UST and other law schools in Manila for the national status!

philip on May 21, 2012:

why is la salle included in the best law school? and another, this should be the right listing:


2. SBC


twentyfive (author) on May 16, 2012:

I salute humility :) Cheers!

brenn on May 15, 2012:


ElBatangueno (Enye yun ha.) on May 11, 2012:

How about the University of Batangas or Batangas State U? the're close to home you know. At least my home, that is.

twentyfive (author) on May 08, 2012:

Yes I agree, DLSU-FEU is a great Law School.

amir on May 07, 2012:

FEU IL is reputable enough but DLSU-FEU law is much better...but i cannot see the latter existing in a couple more years lalo na pag magkaroon na ng barista ang DLSUCOL. In due fairness to UST the FCL has improved (tremendously) this year with an 88% passing rate for firsst timers higher than FEU-IL. But either way all of the schools mentioned are good but FEU-IL should improve more.

Iamnumber24 on May 01, 2012:

Grabe ha? Wala naman sa school yan kung tutuusin e. Nasa tao yan! Kung makapangmaliit naman ng school yung iba, WAGAS! Go FEU. Pakiresearch nalang po ang passing rate. Baka naman pag nalaman mo yung totoo sa FEU kapa mag aral :DDDDDDD

twentyfive (author) on April 26, 2012:

thanks Jessie :) I think everyone here is ready for the battle in the court :) Cheers to all lawyers!

Jessie on April 26, 2012:

it's funny how these FEU-fanatics reacted on your review.. haha very defensive

nice hub tho! :) keep it up!

abogadokaba on April 21, 2012:


For those who degrade the Reputation of FEU Law.

FEU - IL produced 124 new lawyers with 49% passing rate

FEU-LS JD-MBA has a passing rate of 79%..

Moi on April 21, 2012:

Hi, i would like to ask about san sebastian's reputation as a law school...thanks

twentyfive (author) on April 19, 2012:

thanks for sharing this :)

Mga Sira on April 18, 2012:


By: John Paul Galang

The honors just keep rolling in. The Legal Education Board (LEB) is set to present Arellano University School of Law (AUSL) with an Award for Outstanding Law School being among the Top 10 Best Performing Law Schools in the Bar Examinations of the past 10 years.

The award, which came on the heel of two Arellanistas bagging 3rd and 10th places in the 2010 Bar Exams, will be conferred on November 11 at the Manila Pavilion during the 2nd Anniversary Celebration of the LEB.

AUSL registered a passing percentage of 42.90% in the last 10 years (2001-2010) to place 7th in the Top 10 list based on the official records of the Office of the Bar Confidant.

Dean Jose R. Sundiang will also receive a Plaque as Outstanding Law Dean in the said event, which will be attended by Supreme Court and Appellate Court justices as well as officers and members of the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), Phjilippine Association of Law Professors (PALP), and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

"I was surprised when I learned about this award," said Dean Sundiang. "We are actually No. 5 among law schools in Metro Manila and 7th over-all in the entire country."

Not resting on this recent achievement, he added: "I hope we can maintain our standing or even improve it in the future. I am confident we can do that if we can address the challenges confronting us."

Topping the list of Best Performing Law Schools in the Bar Exams is Ateneo de Manila University with an 89.03% average, followed by San Beda (85.74%), University of the Philippines (79.84%), Ateneo de Davao University (64.99%), University of San Carlos (61.23%), University of Santo (60.22%), AUSL, Xavier University (38.90%), Far Eastern University (33.14%), and University of San Agustin (31.63%).

The Top 5 schools will receive an Award for Exellence in Legal Education, while the 6th to 10th will be given the Award for Outstanding Law School.

Arellano University President Francisco P.V. Cayco, Director Florentino S. Cayco III, and Vice Dean Virgilio B. Gesmundo will be joining Dean Sundiang in accepting the award for the school.

The school learned of the recognition through an official letter from former Justice Hilarion Aquino, Chairperson of the LEB, addressed to the Dean's Office.

The LEB, created through Republic Act No. 7662 or the Legal Education Reform Act of 1993, is mandated to supervise all law schools and continuing legal education providers in the country. Among the members of the Board are representatives of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), Philippine Association of Law Professors (PALP), active law practitioners, and bonafide law students.

twentyfive (author) on April 17, 2012:

I think so if pareho sila ng subjects. Why not let the Law Dept of FEU assess your units to make sure of this?

tama-raw on March 27, 2012:

FEU produced 124 bar passers in recent bar exam. I think this is fair enough to be consider FEU as one of the best law school..just saying

twentyfive (author) on March 26, 2012:

FEU is a reputable school like UST

Sasa on March 25, 2012:

Mga taga UST lang naman ang mahilig manira sa reputation of FEU. FEU-DLSU JD Program is better than UST kaya di nila matanggap na #4 ang program na yan ng FEU & LS. Ayaw nilang maungusan sila ng FEU. Partida pa yan, mas strict ang UST sa admission pero nauungusan pa sila ng

doraemoncomment on March 25, 2012:

Pagdating sa Alumni mas may REPUTATION pa ang FEU kesa sa mga TOP Law School kuno..haha.

Saan ba graduate si CORONA? San ba graduate si Teehankee na dating Assoc Justice? at marami pang iba na walang ginawang Mabuti sa bayan kundi korapsyon..

Bar Paasing rate is not the measurement of QUALITY LAW's just a number and percentage pero yung Sinabi nyong QUALITY ay wala,as in WALA..

Recently, Phililippine Association of Law School released the TOP 10 Law school according to passing rate in 10 yr period at Pasok ang FEU-IL dun.Ranked 9..

divinesoul on March 23, 2012:

Thanks for this article. It really helps a lot! thank you. I'll go for up, san beda, ust and feu. :)

ram on March 22, 2012:

is the feu-dlsu (juris doctor mba) still exist? where can i possibly inquire on the program?

donitarose on March 19, 2012:

did i need to study political science before i go at the law course? what it is advantage?or does it really important?

twentyfive (author) on March 15, 2012:

I agree! :)

twentyfive (author) on March 14, 2012:

this thread is more interesting than Corona's impeachment trial right now lol

fille on March 08, 2012:


wha on March 03, 2012:

the feu-dlsu was a tie up program.. feu institute of law is a different entity...

pangmamaliit bang maituturing pagsinasabi mo ang katotohanan?

I appreciate that someone took a time to do some research here, but iskolarNGbayan, in case you haven't noticed, what we are talking here is the present performance of the school... 1940's to 1980's may have been fruitful but you can not dwell on that... in this dog eats dog world, the past is just a picture of things that once was, the more important thing is the "NOW".

and FACT IS, FEU law is not doing good! get the drift?

curiouslangako on February 29, 2012:

Its a bit misleading ranking the top 10 schools by just showing passing rate for one year, in this case 2010. I suggest post passing rate for the each school for the last 5-10 years. With this you can also see which schools are improving or otherwise.

LawStud on February 29, 2012:

Why is it some gives a violent reaction regarding FEU Law School?? Its a dual program.. You'll get a credential as a FEU law stud grad and an MBA from LaSalle!! Technically FEU Law grad sila..

twentyfive (author) on February 16, 2012:

It was Far Eastern University-De La Salle University (Juris Doctor MBA)

growling lion on February 16, 2012:

FEU or UST law?

dear lord! i dont understand why others give high regards to FEU when (insert gasp here!) FEU is just an average school with a rather posh looking campus... FEU is not even an option after one gets debarred from UST.

seriously, if you didn't make it to ateneo or up, the only options you have are BEDA or UST...

versal on February 10, 2012:

well,law is a very interesting course,,but to think that lawyers must have to lie and do everything just to win the case is an easy way to go hell..hehehehehe.

ian on January 09, 2012:

i think slu deserves a place based on the debate at anc it proved that slu can compete with the high standard schools

Kiko2092 on January 02, 2012:

Hello, good day! In your assessment, what is more competitive when it comes to Law school? FEU or UST? I need reply, thanks po.:)

twentyfive (author) on December 31, 2011:

Happy 2012 everyone :)

Anj on December 29, 2011:

this is very helpful! thank you =)

Patrick Norwell on December 22, 2011:

Which Law School offers easy LAE but has good quality education? Thanks.

BTW, hows FEU, UST and San Beda LAE and Tuition?

twentyfive (author) on December 04, 2011:

In my assessment, I think you can :)

Patrick Norwell on December 03, 2011:

Just want to ask if 2.80 GPA in an undergraduate degree can take LAE?

I already took 18 units of English, 6 units of Mathematics, 18 units of Social Science and 3 units of Rizal course.

Dianne on November 05, 2011:


For new entrants to UP Law, the tuition may run somewhere between 20T-35T per semester, depending on the number of units that you're enrolling in. UP has a complicated tuition scheme because students are categorized into different economic brackets, and your tuition per unit will depend on which bracket you get classified to. The highest bracket, I think, pays 1,500 per unit. Until about four or five years ago, the tuition in UP Law was 300 per unit.

And yes, there are plenty of scholarships available. These are mostly sponsored scholarships from UP law alumni and prestigious law firms, but the college manages the applications for the sponsors. Each scholarship has its own set of eligibility requirements but it's not that hard to get one.

Carl on November 01, 2011:

Tuition fee in SBC-COL is 47k i think for 1st year 1st semester then a few thousand cheaper by the next sem...

mike on October 24, 2011:

The link for San Beda? can anyone tell me how much is their tuition fee?

arnold on October 22, 2011:

why they did not put the exact or a sample computation of tuition fees for law student? In that way, the applicant's can rely if they afford to enroll.

Querllon on October 01, 2011:

I think PUP college of law is the cheapest when it comes to tuition fees, according to their wb site per unit is only 500php. I just don't know how the school performs when it comes to the subject matter. :D

twentyfive (author) on September 30, 2011:

The tuition fees are available to each law school. You have to go over their websites which I have highlighted next to their school logo. Thanks!

kamlie25 on September 24, 2011:

can i just ask how much is the tuition fee at up now? for the person who can pass the entrance exam? and do they even grant scholarships?

wendx on September 13, 2011:

hi. what do you think is the best pre-legal course?

Anton on August 24, 2011:

University of Perpetual Help College Law in Binan, Laguna have a new Dean, Justice C. Vasquez Jr. They have good professors and very conducive place of learning. Their full tuition fee for freshmen I think is only P26K/sem, miscellaneous included.

amir on August 12, 2011:

FEU law got a dismal passing rate..FEU-DLSU jd got the higher percentage...the two are different

RAFFY on July 20, 2011:


Law Board Exam on May 19, 2011:

I agree with this article. In fact its the same with my own TOP 10 LISTS so far. ATENEO runs smoothly in terms of Law Schools.

Law Geek on May 03, 2011:

The released results of CHED in 2010 does not hold those ranks constant. This 2011, UP ranked 1st (I think the passing rate is 99%...HELL!), ADMU ranked 2nd, SBC ranked 3rd, FEU ranked 4th, and UST ranked 5th on the list of the top 5 law schools in the Philippines.

The Bar Exam itself can be seen as 80% luck and 20% academic effort depending on the anonymous and top secret judge or justice having different expertise in law (International, Civil, Criminal, Taxation, etc.) who made the exam. When the Bar Exam season comes, usually there are leakages on who made the exams and what his expertise is which is the most probable dominant topic in the exam. Bar takers cross their fingers as they scrutinize a few areas of law and consider the others as minor just-in-case topics (My God! No one can prioritize all the aspects of law.), hoping that it will come out as the main topics of the exam.

Hope this modifies other peoples' outlook regarding the law students and graduates' world in the Philippines.

Thank you.

Shanee on March 30, 2011:

Thank you for the info. This was perfect.

twentyfive (author) on November 16, 2010:

Hi Cassy! Thanks! I'm into a little experimenting with moi hubs and law is such a great topic. hahaha Well, without law, there'd be chaos. I never break the law though I break some rules LOL Cheers! XO

Hi Youngcurves! Law has high cpc ;)

Hello Cathy! I spent an hour writing this. I spent more time with the pictures than the content itself LOL I'm into building an empire of Philippines hub topics..LOL I know, I used to write just poetry, too.

Well, I respect and follow the law. Though justice is quite slow in the Phil. Nah, me hates arguments and I don't know how to lie so me cant be a lawyer LOL TC XO

Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on November 16, 2010:

Hi Fehl. I don't know a whole lot on the law, but I do have a strong sense of morality. This is a well made hub, you must have spent ages writing and compiling it. That's why I prefer writing poetry. :) I am so lazy.... LOL.

The law is a powerful weapon for good when you know all he rules. Are you a law-type person? You never told me. Must be lots of lawyers in the Philippines. :) Take care, Fehl. XXOO

Youngcurves19 from Hawaii on November 16, 2010:

interesting! i wouldn't think to write about something like this!

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on November 16, 2010:

Fehl, you have some crazy great hubs and hub subjects these days! I love this. Great topic! And as usual, well researched. The law is lucky to have you on it's side! Heh! Some of their websites are mighty interesting too! Cheers! Have a great day, moi friend! XO

Ps, part deux of the "Megumi..." chapter is up! :)