Who we are
The School of Law will unleash your true potential to equip you to pursue careers centered on the practice of law for a better society.
What we do
The Manuel L. Quezon University – School of Law will thoroughly equip you to become a competent legal practitioner deserving of public trust, armed with the necessary legal knowledge and training as future lawyers that will shape our future.
We aim to develop the following in each of our students:
- Analytical skills
- Critical thinking
- Legal research
- Logical reasoning and writing skills
News and Update
MLQU Executives and Dean Emeritus Ex-CJ Puno Set Future Directions for its School of Law
Former Supreme Court Justice Reynato S. Puno and long-time Dean Emeritus of the Manuel L Quezon University (MLQU) School of Law recently met with MLQU President Paquito Ochoa Jr. and the new Dean Ferdinand Negre to discuss the future directions of the school.
MLQU and the Asia Foundation Ink Agreement to Establish the MLQU Law Clinic
The Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) and The Asia Foundation (TAF) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement that would establish the MLQU Law Clinic which will serve as a bridge to help people, particularly indigent members of the community, access to justice through competent legal assistance.
New Featured Faculty
Justice Maria Filomena Singh
Justice Singh is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English majoring in Imaginative Writing. She then proceeded to law school and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law with Second Honors distinction. She also studied at the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington, D.C., USA for a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies. She practiced law for 10 years before joining the Judiciary in October 2002 as the Presiding Judge of Branch 31 of Metropolitan Trial Court of Quezon City. She is currently an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, where she served as the Chairperson of the Court’s Committee on Continuing Judicial Education.
Justice Rolando Roberto Martin
Justice Martin is in his sixth year as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals (CA) having been appointed in May 2015. He began his legal career as an Associate Solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) right after passing the bar in 1993, where he spent eleven fruitful years. In his eleventh year in the OSG or in 2004, Justice Martin was appointed Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Br. 73 in Antipolo City, assigned to Heinous Courts and Family Courts, where he was likewise designated Executive Judge soon thereafter. After another eleven years or in 2015, he was promoted to his present position as Associate Justice of the CA.
Justice Raymond Reynold Lauigan
Justice Lauigan joined the judiciary in January 2012 when he was appointed as Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 1, Tuguegarao City. Soon thereafter, in March 2014, he was appointed as the Vice-Executive Judge of the RTC, Tuguegarao City. In October 2018, he was promoted to Executive Judge, a position that he held until his appointment on March 3, 2020, as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. He is presently a Member of the 5th, 14th, 15th 16th and 17th Divisions of the Court of Appeals, arguably the second highest court in the land.
Dean Gwen Grecia-de Vera
Prof. Grecia-de Vera received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 1995 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1996, having obtained the 7th highest ranking in the Bar Examinations. She obtained her Master of Laws degree from Northwestern University in 2010. She served as Dean of the Manuel L Quezon University School of Law in 2015. She is currently a senior lecturer in Political Law and Constitutional Law at the University of the Philippines College of Law, where she also serves as the program lead of the recently launched Competition Law and Policy Program. Prof. Gwen Grecia-de Vera recently returned to PJS Law, where she leads teams in infrastructure and transaction advisory, regulatory and compliance, and arbitration.
Atty. Manuel Riguera
Atty. Riguera graduated in 1991 at the upper third of his class at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, in Makati City. Upon his admission to the bar in 1992, he worked as a law clerk for former Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. of the Philippine Supreme Court. In 1995, he became counsel for Insular Savings Bank (now Citibank Savings Bank) and in 1997 he was hired as counsel for Philippine Commercial Capital, Inc., one of the top five investment banks in the Philippines. He is a professor of law at the Far Eastern University and the University of the East, where he lectures on remedial law review, which includes civil and criminal procedure, special proceedings, and evidence. He is also the founder of Riguera & Riguera Law Office and Jurists Bar Review Center.
Prof. Roel Arco Refran, CPA, MBA
Prof. Refran is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), lawyer and a capital market professional. He is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE). Roel started his career at SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan before joining public service as chief of staff of Sen. Ralph G. Recto, Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee. He had a brief stint at ACCRA before joining PSE. He is a Professor of Law at Ateneo Law School, lectures in the MCLE and bar review programs, and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Law Department of the Ateneo Law School. He holds a Juris Doctor degree (Second Honors) from the Ateneo Law School, and he placed 4th highest in the 1999 national bar examinations, which registered the lowest national passing rate of 16.59% in the history of the bar exams.
Atty. John Philip Siao
Atty. Siao is an experienced lawyer who has been in the practice of law for more than 18 years. He is adept at solving problems for domestic and foreign clients and corporations. His experience is built on Corporate & Special Projects, Finance & Technology, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Labor & Employment, and Taxation Law. He is a founding partner of the Tiongco Siao Bello & Associates Law Offices, which he established after having been with the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw). He is one of the 100 Arbitrators of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) which resolves and decides construction disputes. In addition, he is a writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and his articles appear in the Business Section of the paper (https://business.inquirer.
Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert
Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert is the Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, Branch 89, a designated family court, since August 2009. She is also the Executive Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, having been designated as such since 2016 until the present. She was formerly the Presiding Judge of the Metropolitan Trial Court, Valenzuela City, Branch 81, and became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Judicial Academy, representing the first level courts, from January 17, 2008, until her appointment to the second level court. Prior to joining the judiciary, she was a Public Prosecutor in the City of Manila. In 2019, she was one of the finalists as Outstanding Regional Trial Court Judge.
The Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program is a basic law degree for students who have undergraduate degrees in other disciplines and those who have studied law in civil law countries and in other jurisdictions. It entails a comprehensive study of general principles and basic legal theories through a systematic and analytical examination of Philippine laws and statutes vis-a-vis the Supreme Court’s interpretation thereof. Students are expected to read statutes and various case laws to fully understand and contextualize Philippine laws within our own legal and societal landscape.
The Master of Laws (LL. M.) Program of the MLQU equips the students with specialized knowledge in emerging international legal issues, particularly: Technology, Commercial Law, International Human Rights, and Environmental Law. It aims to prepare multidisciplinary legal specialists with a focus in trade, commerce, and technology. The Program familiarizes its students with the intricacies of interwoven domestic and international law by offering comparative studies of these varying laws in different jurisdictions. It also keeps the units of the core courses to a minimum to allow students to craft the path of their own choosing.