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JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM

FIRST YEAR
(First Semester)

PERSONS AND FAMILY RELATIONS – 4 Units
A basic course on the law of persons and family relations as contained in the
Preliminary and Human Relations Chapter of the Civil Code of the Philippines, the
Family Code, the Local Adoption Code and the Inter-Country Adoption Act. The
subject covers the laws on marriage, property relations between spouses,
paternity and filiation, support and emancipation, including the rules on funerals,
surnames, absences and the Civil registry.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 1 – 3 Units
A comprehensive survey and evaluation of basic principles contained in the
Philippine Constitution dealing with the structure of the Philippines Government,
including amendments to and provisions of the Constitution.

CRIMINAL LAW 1 – 4 Units
A course that deals with the study of the characteristics of criminal law, the
nature and classification of felonies, their stages of execution, circumstances
affecting criminal liability, persons criminally liable, extinction of criminal liability
and the civil liability of the offender. The course covers Book One of the Revised
Penal Code and pertinent laws.

STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION – 2 Units
A course that explores the method of construction and interpretation of
statutes as well as the significance of statutes for effective governance.

LEGAL RESEARCH – 2 Units
This course is an introduction to the methodology of legal research. It
includes actual case digests and preparation of legal opinions and memoranda.

LEGAL ETHICS 1 – 2 Units
A course that focuses on the core principles and canons of legal ethics
involving the duties and responsibilities of lawyers with respect to the client, the
court, the bar and the public.

SSC-R SEMINAR 1 – 1 Unit
A study of the history of the Order of the Augustinian Recollects and the aim
of the Order as an educational institutions; the philosophical teachings of Saint
Augustine and other Church Philosophers, and; the teachings of the Catholic
Church on contemporary moral and social issues.

 

FIRST YEAR
(Second Semester)

OBLIGATIONS AND CONTRACTS – 5 Units
A comprehensive study of the nature, kinds and effects of obligation, and
their extinguishment. This course also deals with contracts in general, their
requisites, form and interpretation as well as defective contracts, including quasicontracts natural obligations and estoppel.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 2 – 3 Units
An in-depth study of the Constitution with emphasis on the Bill of Rights and
jurisprudence relative thereto. It also deals with citizenship.

CRIMINAL LAW 2 – 3 Units
A study of crimes and penalties, their nature and theories, classes, manner
of computation, complex crimes, habitual delinquency, juvenile delinquency,
Intermediate Sentence Law and Probation Law. The course covers Book II of the
Revised Penal Code.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT – 2 Units
A study of general principles governing local government units as provided
by the Local Government Code of 1991, their creation, organization, and powers.
It also covers pertinent jurisprudence on the matter.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – 2 Units
The course deals with the development and the application of principles and
doctrines governing administrative agencies with rule-making and adjudicative
functions.

ELECTION LAW – 2 Units
A study of the prevailing laws, rules and regulations relative to the conduct
of elections including procedures in settling election.

LEGAL ETHICS 2 (Problem Areas in Legal Ethics) – 3 Units
An intensive and in-depth analysis of jurisprudence affecting legal and
judicial ethics with emphasis on acts violative of the Code of Professional
Responsibility, the Canons of Professional Ethics and the canons of Judicial Ethics.

SECOND YEAR
First Semester

PROPERTY – 4 Units
A comprehensive study of the laws on the different kinds of property,
ownership and its modification, co-ownership, possession, usufruct, easement or
servitudes, nuisance, and the different modes of acquiring ownership. This course
also deals with donation and the Condominium Acts, among others.

LABOR STANDARDS – 3 Units
A study of the minimum labor standards laws including but not limited to
working conditions and employment benefits, salaries, and night shift
differentials. It also deals with relevant social legislations. It covers Book I-III of the
Labor Code.

SPECIAL CONTRACTS – 2 Units
An in-depth course dealing with the provisions of the Civil Code on the
contract of sale, its nature and form, the obligations of the vendors and the
vendee, warranties, remedies from breaches of contract, conventional and legal
redemption. The course includes assignment of credits, the Bulk Sales Law, the
Retail Trade Nationalization Law and the contract of lease.

INVESTMENT AND BANKING LAWS – 2 Units
A comprehensive study of the General Banking Act, the New Central Bank
Act, the Anti-Money Laundering Law, the Truth in Lending Act, and other related
laws and their implementing rules and regulations governing banks and non-bank
financial intermediaries including circulars of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

INSURANCE LAW – 2 Units
A study of the Insurance Code and related laws, including the concepts and
functions of insurance, the nature of the insurance contract, insurable interest and
government regulation of the insurance business.

SPECIAL PENAL LAWS – 2 Units
The subject deals with offenses and penalties provided for in special laws
such as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs of 2002 Act, the Anti-Graft and
Corrupt Practices Act, the Anti-Wire Tapping Law, the Anti-Carnapping Law, the
Anti-Gambling Law, BP 22, the Cattle Rustling Act, and other legislations which are
penal in nature outside of the Revised Penal Code.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW – 2 Units
An in-depth study of concepts and principles affecting environmental laws,
including constitutional considerations and effects of legislations relating to the
environment. Specifically, the course focuses on population and human resources,
food security, ecosystems resource for development, energy, industry, land use,
and environmental litigation.

TORTS AND DAMAGES – 2 Units
A comprehensive study of the law on quasi-delicts and other types of torts
as well as the nature, classes and extent of damages provided for in the Civil
Code as elaborated by pertinent jurisprudence.

SECOND YEAR
Second Semester

SUCCESSION – 4 Units
A detailed analysis and study of the Civil Code on testate and intestate
succession, including wills, institution of heirs, computation of legitimes of
compulsory heirs, disinheritance as well as partition and distribution of the estate
of the decedent.

NEGOTIBALE INSTRUMENTS LAW – 3 Units
A thorough study of the statutory provisions governing negotiable
instruments as well as other commercial papers and money market instruments.

BUSINESS ORGANIZATION 1 – 2 Units
A course dealing with the contract of Partnership, Agency and Trusts based
on the provisions of the Civil Code of the Philippines and other pertinent laws.

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – 2 Units
A study of the Rules on Criminal Procedure including the basic rights of the
accused, the jurisdiction of courts and other matters relevant to the filing,
prosecution and resolution of criminal cases. The course includes substantive laws
affecting criminal procedure.

TRANSPORTATION LAWS – 2 Units
A study of general principles and basic regulations governing common
carriers by land, sea and air based on the Code of Commerce, Civil Code and
special laws.

PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW – 2 Units
A study of legal principles governing international relations, treaties and
conventions based on the Charter of the United Nations Organization and the
decisions of international tribunals.

SPECIAL COMMERCIAL LAWS – 2 Units
A survey of the Securities Regulation Code, the Code of Commerce, the
Electronic Commerce Act and other special commercial laws.

LEGAL MEDICINE – 1 Unit
This course gives the students an overview of the principles relating to
medico-legal cases, including the methods and procedures of presenting and
examining a medical expert witness.

 

THIRD YEAR
First Semester

CIVIL PROCEDURE – 5 Units
A study of the rules of civil procedure based on the Rules of Court involving
basic principles of jurisdiction and procedure in civil cases, provisional remedies
and special civil actions.

TAXATION LAW 1 – 3 Units
A comprehensive study of the general principles and constitutional
principles of taxation and statutory provisions on income taxation, including
pertinent revenue regulations.

LABOR RELATIONS LAWS – 3 Units
An in-depth study of the General Principles of the Labor Code on Labor
Relations including the laws protecting and enforcing the rights of workers to selforganization
and collective bargaining, strikes, pickets and lock-outs and unfair
labor practice. The course also covers the structure and jurisdiction of the
National Labor Relations Commissions, post employment provisions as well as the
penal provisions of the Labor Code. It covers Book V-VII of the Labor Code.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW – 2 Units
A study of the existing laws for the protection of intellectual properties, i.e.
trademark, patent and copyright as defined by the Intellectual Property Code and
related laws including their implementing rules and regulation.

CREDIT TRANSACTIONS – 2 Units
A study of the laws governing loans, and deposits including mortgages,
pledges, antichresis, guaranty, surety and other securities.

LAND TITLES AND DEEDS – 2 Units
This course deals with the system and methods of registration of
unregistered lands and other deeds pertinent thereto.

CONFLICTS OF LAWS – 2 Units
A course that deals with the transactions or relationships involving foreign
elements. It gives emphasis on the law and methods including problems in
jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments of foreign courts.

JURISPRUDENTIAL/LEGAL TREATISE WRITING 1 – 2 Units
A course designed to enable the student to develop and understand a legal
and judicial writing style emphasizing clarity, accuracy and logic. The course also
includes instructions on the structure of a legal paper and court decisions, and
their organization and development. It also covers instructions on summarizing,
synthesizing and interpreting information from multiple data and analyzing and
commenting on the same.

 

THIRD YEAR
Second Semester

EVIDENCE – 4 Units
A course that deals with the rules of presentation, admissibility, weight and
sufficiency of evidence, including burden of proof and presumptions. The course
includes special rules and parts of substantive law affecting the principles of
evidence.

BUSINESS ORGANIZATION 2 – 3 Units
An incisive course on corporate law and practice. It focuses on the
Corporation Code and related laws governing private corporations including the
rules on corporate rehabilitation.

TAXATION LAW 2 – 3 Units
A study of the concepts and principles of transfer (estate and donor’s) value
added tax, specific, business percentage, amusement, and miscellaneous taxes
provided in the National Internal Revenue Code, including general principles on
tariff and customs duties. It also deals with the remedies available to the
government and the taxpayer. It also focuses on the fundamentals of local
taxation, both under the Local Tax Code and the Real Property Tax Code and the
general principles on tariff and customs duties.

LEGAL FORMS AND WRITING 2 Units
A course which trains students in the drafting of various legal documents
and deeds as well as judicial pleadings memoranda and briefs.

SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS – 2 Units
A study of rules on Settlement of Estate, Wills, Letters testamentary and
Administration, Encumbrance of Property of the Decedent and Escheats; General
Guardians and Guardianship; Trustees; Adoption and Custody of Minors;
Hospitalization of Insane Persons; Habeas Corpus; Change of Name; Voluntary
Dissolution of Corporations, Judicial Approval of Voluntary Recognition of Minor
Natural Children; absentees; Cancellation or Correction of Entries in the Civil
Registry. It includes the Rules on the Writs of Amparo and Habeas Data.

PRACTICUM 1 (Practice Court 1) – 2 Units
The subject deals with the drafting and the actual filing of complaints,
petitions, answers, motions, briefs and other pleadings before the regular courts
and other tribunals. It trains the students and effective advocacy, legal counseling
and on the techniques and effective strategies on how to defend and protect the
rights of the parties in litigation. Mock trials are also periodically conducted where
the lawyers, litigants and witnesses are all members of the class and the
professors act as judges. Service of 100 hours for the entire semester with the
Sebastinian Office of Legal Aid (SOLA) is required after classroom hours for handson
training in actual litigation under the supervision of a member of the bar.

JURISPRUDENTIAL/LEGAL TREATISE WRITING 2 – 2 Units
This course is designed to guide the student through techniques of
jurisprudential and legal treatise writing and aids him in the selection of a topic
relevant for the bar examinations and the legal profession. The student in this
course receives guidance in the process of actually writing of legal article or
treatise which he is to defend at the end of the semester before a panel.

 

FOURTH YEAR
First Semester

REMEDIAL LAW REVIEW 1 – 4 Units
It is a comprehensive survey and integration of the rules and principles of
the jurisdiction of courts and administrative and quasi-judicial bodies, all aspects
of civil procedure, special civil actions, provisional remedies, summary procedure,
small claims and other rules on civil procedure. Emphasis is made on frequently
litigated principles and current jurisprudence.

POLITICAL LAW REVIEW 1 – 3 Units
An in-depth survey of the structure of the government, election laws and the
laws on local governments.

CIVIL LAW REVIEW 1 – 4 Units
A general integration of the principles in Civil Law covering the effect and
application of laws, the laws of Human Relations, Persons and Family Relations,
Property, Ownership and its Modification, the Different Modes of Acquiring
Ownership, including Succession. Pertinent provisions of special laws and the
Rules of Court are also reviewed.

COMMERCIAL LAW REVIEW 1 – 3 Units
A comprehensive survey of the Corporation Code, the Securities and
Regulation Code, the Law of Negotiable Instruments and transportation Laws with
emphasis on litigation concepts and jurisprudence.

TAXATION LAW REVIEW – 4 Units
A comprehensive integration of the principles of tax laws, including income,
transfer, value-added other business taxes. It also focuses on local and real
property taxation as well as remedies available to both taxpayers and taxing
authorities, and the basic principles of the Tariff and Customs Code.

CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW – 4 Units
A general review of the Revised Code as amended as well as other penal
laws with emphasis on recent jurisprudence.

 

FOURTH YEAR
Second Semester

REMEDIAL LAW REVIEW 2 – 4 Units
A continuation of Remedial Law Review and matters not completed in
Remedial Law 1. It focuses on the survey and integration of the rules and
principles relating to the Rules of Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Special
Proceedings and other rules not covered by the Rules of Court. Principles involved
in litigation and jurisprudence are emphasized.

POLITICAL LAW REVIEW 2 – 3 Units
An in-depth survey of the Bill of Rights, the law on Citizenship, Public
International Law and Administrative Laws with emphasis on recent jurisprudence.

CIVIL LAW REVIEW 2 – 4 Units
An integration of the principles in Civil Law relating to obligations and
contracts, sales, lease, quasi-contracts, quasi-delicts and damages with emphasis
on recent jurisprudence. All other special contracts and credit transactions are
included in the course.

COMMERCIAL LAW REVIEW 2 – 3 Units
A comprehensive review of the Insurance Law, Intellectual Property Code,
the General banking Law, the New Central Bank Act, other applied banking laws,
and miscellaneous commercial laws with emphasis on recent jurisprudence and
principles in litigation.

LABOR LAW REVIEW – 4 Units
A general review of all laws affecting labor standards and labor relations
with emphasis on recent jurisprudence.

PRACTICUM 2 (Practice Court 2) – 2 Units
The students handle actual cases and appear in the regular courts quasijudicial
bodies through the Sebastinian Office of Legal Aid (SOLA), a legal program
of the College of Law and which has been in place for more than ten years.
Students are required to render 200 hours of actual legal services for the entire
semester.

SSC-R SEMINAR 2 – 1 Unit
A study of the Social Teachings of the Church in relation to the legal
profession; the concept of Justice in the Holy Scriptures and the morality of the
legal profession.