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The José Rizal University Law School was established in 1967 to prepare men and women for responsible leadership in the development of the law and the administration of justice in the country. To date, it has produced over 200 lawyers, many of whom were able to make significant contributions in different levels of society.

To further the ideals on which it was founded, the JRU Law School has continued to expand its roster of professional instructors that not only boasts of years of experience in teaching but are expert practioners in the field. Part of this esteemed list are – Sandigan Bayan Presiding Justice Edilberto J. Sandoval, Court of Appeals Justice Rodil Zalameda, Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Gaerlan, Judge Bonifacio S. Pacua, Judge Flordeliza Silao, Judge Monique Ignacio, Judge Josephine Advento, Judge Marilou Tamang, Judge Rustico Medina, and Prosecutor Juliet Niduasa.

The JRU Law School is considered as one of the better performing law schools in the country. For the past 2 years its passing percentage for first time examinees was 40% and 29.41%, respectively, compared to the national passing average of 22, 18% and 18.82% for the same period. This has been made possible by top-notch bar reviewers currently among its faculty which includes – Asst. Dean Manuel A. Quiambao, Dean Eduardo Abella, Atty. Teresita L. Cruz, Atty. Rizalina Lumbera and Atty. Edgardo Villareal II.

Once enrolled, students are exposed to legal clinics, research, court apprenticeship, and attendance to supplemental legal classes and lectures. This ensures the fundamentals of law become second nature to the students equipping them to take on a challenging career in law. In addition, both honor and non-honor students are given the opportunity to become scholars of the Law School as the University maintains a program that aims to attract the best and the brightest

JRU bolsters its commitment to be at the forefront in the field of legal studies by appointing Ambassador Lilia R. Bautista as the Dean of the Law School. Ambassador Bautista was most recently a member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. She was also the former Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Secretary of Trade, head of the Board of Investments, member of the Monetary Board, and chair of the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) among others. Ambassador Bautista brings to her position a wealth of experience in government service, corporate work, and legal studies, the latter highlighted by her current affiliation as a professorial lecturer and member of the Board of Trustees of the PHILJA (Philippine Judicial Academy) Development Center.

She earned her Master of Laws from the University of Michigan as a Dewitt Fellow, her Master in Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines. She also underwent special studies in corporate reorganization, investment and export promotion at New York University, Georgetown University, and the World Trade Institute. She promulgated the first corporate governance code of the Philippines.


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