Updated Catalogue of Subjects
Graduate School of Law
San Beda University

Master of Legal Studies (Fields: Utriusque Juris, Criminal Justice Administration, International Law, Economic Law), Master of Laws (Political Law, International Law, Commercial Law, Environmental Law, Civil Law tracks), and Doctor of Juridical Science

Justice Adolfo Azcuna
(For: LLM International Law; JSD)
The Law of the Sea and the West Philippine Sea Arbitration Case

Dr. Antonio Gabriel La Viña
(For :JSD, LLM, MLS)
Lamentations: The Law at the Beginning and End of Life

Dean Melencio Sta Maria
(For: LLM and MLS Clergy)
Education Law

Consul General Henry Jr Bensurto
(For LLM International Law, LLM Political Law and MLS)
Dispute Settlement in International Law

Mons. Nilo Peig (For: MLS utrisuque Juris, LLM, SJD)
The Rights of Obligations of the Faithful as the People of God

Dr. Idabel Pagulayan
(For: MLS Criminal Justice Administration, LLM)
Forensic Sciences: DNA, Chemistry, Toxicology, Dangerous Drugs, etc.

Dr. JR Chong
(For: LLM Civil Law, JSD)
History and Development of the Civil and Common Law Systems

Prof. Vencent Salido 
(For: MLS Economic Law, LLM Commercial Law)
Fundamentals of Regulatory Compliance

Prof. Eric Recalde
(For: MLS Economic Law, LLM Commercial Law)
Corporate Governance

Prof. Tanya Lat
(For: LLM,  all tracks)
Systems Thinking in Legal Ethics

Dr. Peter Ng
(For: MLS Criminal Justice Administration, LLM, JSD)
Medical Malpractice and Negligence

Prof. Palash Gupta
(For: MLS Economic Law, LLM)
International Commercial Arbitrarion

Dr. Manuel Solis  
(For: LLM Political Law, LLM Environmental Law, JSD)
Climate Change Law: International and Domestic Regulatory Response

Prof. Arnedo Valera
(For: MLS Criminal Justice Ad., LLM International Law)
International Security and Alliances

Fr. Danny Flores
(For: MLS Utriusque Juris; LLM Civil Law; JSD)
Rotal Jurisprudence on Canon 1095 and the Philippine Family Code on Psychological Incapacity

Prof. Cristina Montes
(For: LLM)
The Philippine Civil Code and Roman Law

Prof. Martin Loon  
(For: MLS International Law; LLM Political Law)
Contemporary Developments and Issues in National Security Law

Mons. Gary Noel Formoso
(For: MLS Utriusque Juris, LLM Civil Law, JSD)
- Canonical Procedure
- Matrimonial Law

Prof. Ricardo Sunga
(For MLS Criminal Justice Administration, LLM)
The Law on Enforced Disappearances

Fr. Shierwin Cabunilas
(For: JSD, LLM Political Law, MLS Political Law)
Politics and Justice

Com. Linda Hornilla
(For: LLM Civil Law)
Zoning and Local Governments

Chancellor Zed M Ditucalan
(For: MLS Economic Law, LLM Commercial Law)
Issues in Competition Law

Prof. Edmund Tayao
(For: MLS Political Law; LLM Political Law)
Elections, Electoral Systems and Democracy

Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino
(For: LLM Political Law, JSD)
Comparative Federal Systems

Dr. Jemy Gatdula  (For: LLM, JSD)
Constitutional Interpretation

Prof. Karen Jimeno
(For: MLS Economic Law and LLM Commercial Law)
The Role of ESGs (Environment, Social and Governance Initiatives) in the Corporate and Finance Sectors

Dr. George V. Carmona
(For: MLS Criminal Justice Ad, LLM Political Law, JSD)
Human Rights and Rule of Law Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism

Dr. Pablo Alboy Narag
(For: MLS Criminal Justice Ad)
Theories of Penalty and Reform in Penology: Foreign Models

Judge Selma Alaras (For Priests)
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

Classes commence:
June and run till end of November 2022


Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD)

  Master of Comparative Law
  Doctor of Canon Law (JCD)

Master of Laws (LLM)

  Civil Law
  Commercial Law
  Constitutional Law
  International Law
  Canon Law

  Bachelor of Laws  
  Juris Doctor

Note: Non-Members of the Bar may also be admitted provided that they have a JD or an LLB with a GPA of 90.

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

   Criminal Justice Administration
   Economic law
   International Law

   LLB or JD
   Bachelor’s Degree with 18 units in the Social Sciences

Special Program for Priests and Curial Personnel:  
Master of Legal Studies

Philippine and Canon Law


This year saw the Supreme Court handing down rulings with far-reaching consequences. In the same measure the Legislature has enacted statute breaking new ground. I can foresee that even more challenging, trying and intricate questions will come before the court this coming year and in the years ahead, even as our Legislature forges ahead with game-changing legislation.

In all this, there are assumptions about the human person, human nature and what a “good life” in an organized community should be. These are intensely philosophical questions — but without clear answers, no matter that they may be subject to revision later on — the law remains blind, clueless and rudderless.

Answering questions of this sort is the task of a Graduate School of Law. It is my good fortune to have had the honor to invite some of the most respected persons in the field of legal and juridical academia. They form our professorial corps, and I have absolutely no doubt that they lead our students through exciting and at the same time involved explorations far below the surface of the terrain on which law schools tread. After all, a Graduate School of Law is not and should not be a continuation of law school.
But because we keep ever before us our Benedictine heritage, our Graduate School of Law strives to serve the Church. For us, this is not some adventitious concern. It is at the heart of our existence. This year, therefore, we have commenced a new specialization in our Master of Legal Studies and Master of Laws program — Canon Law. We are also extremely pleased to graduate our first batch of priests who have completed the Master of Legal Studies, utriusque juris course.

Light in the darkness — that is who Benedict was. That is what ever Benedictine monastery is. Ora et Labora — without frills, without fanfare. That too best characterizes our Graduate School of Law.That in all things, God may be glorified.

Fr. Ranhilio C. Aquino, PhD, JD, JSD
Dean, Graduate School of Law

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Graduate School of Law


We envision the Graduate School of Law of San Beda Universityas a center of scholarly studies in the discipline of law makingavailable the highest standards of advanced legal educationin the country.


We make it our mission to contribute to the development of thescholarly study of the law in the country, inspired by the missionof the Church and animated by the Core Benedictine Values.

Goals – Departmental Output

The Graduate School of Law will graduate professionals andacademics who, having developed strong researchcompetencies and acquired an academic approach to thestudy of law as a distinct academic discipline, and faithful totheir vocation as Christians, shall contribute to theunderstanding of law in relation to social order and thecountry’s role in an integrated region and a global community.