About USC

usc living roomOne of the largest and oldest universities in the Philippines, the University of San Carlos maintains four campuses: Downtown Campus, Talamban Campus, North Campus and South Campus. Previously called the Main Campus, its Downtown Campus is home to the School of Business and Economics and the School of Law and Governance. Talamban Campus hosts the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Fine Arts, and School of Health Care Professions. At the North Campus and South Campus are the Basic Education Department, Montessori Academy and the College of Education

USC operates 7 colleges and 27 academic departments offering 80 baccalaureate and 95 graduate programs. Its graduates have been consistent topnotchers in government-administered examinations in Law, Accountancy, Architecture,

Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy and Teacher Education. USC regularly enrolls at least 25,000 students from elementary to tertiary/graduate levels. USC’s Office of External Affairs handles 350 international, national-regional and local academic linkages and partnerships on faculty and student exchanges, joint research projects, publications and internships; it accepts a steady influx of international students from different countries, and receives visiting lecturers from Asian, European and American universities.

A school since 1595 and a University since 1948, USC, since 1935, has been administered by the Society of the Divine Word, an international religious-missionary congregation of priests and brothers established in Steyl, Holland in 1875.

Rev. Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, STD, is the incumbent University President.

The College of Law

The College of Law of the USC School of Law and Governance is among the law schools in the country conferred by the Legal Education Board with Award for Excellence in Legal Education. Its passing percentage in the Bar Examinations is consistently high. The College has also produced bar topnotchers over the years. In the 2016 Bar Examinations, the College registered a 100% passing mark for its 2016 graduates, and occupied the first, third, seventh and eighth places.

divina law awardingIt aims to develop competent and socially responsible lawyers and lifelong learners in an environment that fosters excellence in the academic core processes of teaching-learning, research, and community extension service within a Catholic education that embodies the principles of academic discipline of San Carlos Borromeo and the missionary charism of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). It is presently offering Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor programs on a semestral basis. Paralegal Certificate is conferred to those who are able to complete the second year of any of the two degrees, thereby making the College the first in the country to offer enhanced law degrees bearing features of a ladderized program.

Its facilities include spacious fully air-conditioned library with computer room and perk area; fully air-conditioned classrooms equipped with multi-media instructional facilities; wi-fi connection; two (2) moot courts; separate Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) and student organizations office; law conference room and faculty lounge. Its law library was named one of the Model Law Libraries in the country by the Supreme Court, and is the first law school in the country to provide the bundled services of CD Asia Online and Lexis Nexis to its students.

The College of Law is also among the largest law schools in the country, with an average enrolment of close to seven hundred students, male and female in almost equal proportion. Approximately thirty (30%) percent of its students are working in public or private offices. usc students awardee It also welcomes foreign students and faculty under its various exchange programs. The College is the only one with Staff and Student Exchange Program with Stockholm University, Sweden.

It also has a Supreme Court- accredited Clinical Legal Education Program, and is an accredited MCLE provider.

The College has also distinguished itself in various competitions, both in the Philippines and abroad. Among its distinctions are: fourth time champion in the ANC Square Off: The Firm Debates, back-to-back champions in the Philippine Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Southeast Asian Regional Rounds Champion in Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Champion in the International Round of Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held in Gulfport, Florida, USA, Octo-finalist and Best New Team in the 2015 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and Champion in the Asia- Pacific Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition held in Beijing, China. It likewise ranked third in the recently- concluded International Rounds of Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in University of Oxford, England.

“Carolinian Bar Topnotchers Through the Years”

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1951 Pablo Garcia 3rd
1951 Fortunato Vailoces 5th
1960 Valerio Salazar 10th
1960 Manuel Valenzuela 13th
1961 Filemon Fernandez 7th
1965 Pio Go 9th
1965 Roberto Palmares 11th
1970 Isaias Dicdican 11th
1976 Arturo Villamor 6th
1976 Federico Cabilao 10th
1977 Joel Famador Jr. 9th
1977 Littie Sara Agdeppa 11th
1980 Vicky Go-Borromeo 14th
1980 Gerardo Cerna Jr. 16th
1981 Arthur Lim 3rd
1981 Omar Redula 8th
1981 Joseph Cohon 11th
1986 Leo Hapitan 17th
1990 Melina Almase 20th
1993 Geraldine Faith Econg 15th
1994 Joan Dymphna Saniel 20th
1998 Gregorio Diaz 8th
2004 Ma. Cristina Larrobis 4th
2004 Ma. Melissa Jamero 10th
2006 Karen Gaviola 7th
2007 Jennie Aclan 4th
2010 Glenn C. Carampatana 10th
2013 Tercel Maria Mercado- Gephart 5th
2015 Athena C. Plaza 2nd
2015 Jecca B. Jacildo 8th
2016 Karen Mae C.Calam 1st
2016 Fiona Cristy D. Lao 3rd
2016 Anne Margarette Momongan 7th
2016 Jefferson Gomez 8th