The University shall primarily provide advanced education, higher technological, professional instruction and training in the fields of education, arts and sciences, public administration, information technology, accountancy, law and other relevant field of study. It shall also promote research extension service, and provide progressive leadership in the areas of specialization (Section 2, Republic Act 9456)
STATEMENT OF GOALS
The College of Law shall make legal education available to qualified, properly motivated, intellectually and morally competent students, preparing them to be resolute, ethically sensitive and dedicated advocates of justice through the guidance of efficient and dependable law professors, in order to become leaders and agents of social change in the government or in the private sector.
The College of Law graduates shall:
- Apply innovative thinking in demonstrating competence in any field of law as is sufficient for advocacy, counseling, problem-solving and decision making
- Develop their ability to recognize and deal with legal problems through critical thinking towards the promotion and advancement of justice and the improvement of its administration
- Practice ethical leadership in conduct of legal profession
- Create collaboration to initiate and implement laws for the conservation, preservation and safeguard Bukidnon cultural heritage
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HISTORY OF BukSU COLLEGE OF LAW
How It All Started
The College of Law was approved per BOR Resolution no. 899, S.2002 during the 112th Regular Board of Trustees Meeting held at Bukidnon State College. From the time it opened its doors, the college has offered the regular program for Bachelor of Laws.
Since its inception, the school has had three deans who contributed to its robust curriculum. The pioneering dean was the esteemed judge, Hon.Vivencio P. Estrada. He graduated from University of San Carlos in 1960 and attained distinction as a lawyer, particularly in criminal cases. He was later appointed as judge in the 10th Judicial Region Branch 8 for the designation of special court for kidnapping, robbery carnapping, dangerous drugs and other heinous crimes. He served as the Dean of BukSU College of Law for almost 14 years.
Atty. Gerardo J. Murillo became his successor on April 14, 2016. He held the position until October 2018. Dean Murillo graduated from Xavier University in 1997 and was one of the pioneering faculty members since the law school opened. He is now the Faculty Associate of the College.
Today, Atty. Sherrymae O. Velos-Decang is the current College of Law Dean and she came into office on Nov 5, 2018. Atty. Velos-Decang graduated with a diploma in Bachelor of Laws at San Carlos University, Cebu City and obtained her Masters of Law degree at San Beda University in Mendiola, Manila in 2018. A strong educator since 2012, she has taught aspiring lawyers the values and ethics needed to achieve excellence in the field of justice.
The Bukidnon College of Law Today
The College of Law at present is composed of a diverse and dedicated group of people with three full-time faculty and 14 part-time faculty. The faculty have graduated from various prestigious universities like Xavier University, the Lyceum of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines, San Beda University, the University of San Carlos, the New York University, and the University de Alcala in Madrid, Spain.
The current roster also includes judges, prosecutors, and experts working in the public and private sectors. These are the ones who have honed their skills in real-life scenarios and have at least taught for 10 years in their respective niche.
Pursuant to LEB Memorandum Order No. 19 Series of 2018, BukSU now offers the Juris Doctor Non-Thesis program.
Awards and Achievements
For the past 18 years, BukSU College of Law has proven to be a prominent institution in the legal field. It has produced seventy-four (74) lawyers who are now occupying positions of leadership in public service, while others are working as private practitioners, legal officers for corporations and financial institutions, as well as law professors and entrepreneurs.
The College has also consistently performed well in the annual Bar exams. It has produced six (6) new lawyers for 2019 Bar exam. According to the statistical data from the Supreme Court of the Philippines Office of the Bar Confidant, LEB ranked the BukSU COL as 32nd among 130 law schools in the Philippines last 2018 Bar Exam, number two (2) among Mindanao SUCs, and is third in rank in all law schools in Mindanao.
One of the great catalysts for the achievement is the Bar Operations Committee, which conducts activities in support of law graduates every bar weekend at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Another game-changer is the diligence of the BukSU COL law professors who regularly conduct legal monitoring and coaching to law students.
The College continues to strive to be the best at nurturing aspiring lawyers as they aim to produce an ethical, leader-lawyers for the country.