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Our History

Institutional Particulars

University of San Carlos
P. del Rosario Street, Cebu City
6000 Philippines

One 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.
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. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, STD, is the incumbent University President.

Law School Particulars

USC Law and Business School Building
Pelaez Street, 6000 PHIL
Telephone No. (063)(32) 253-1000 local 170
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The College of Law of the USC School of Law and Governance is among the five law schools in the country conferred by the Legal Education Board with Award for Excellence in Legal Education on November 11, 2011.

It 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 a Bachelor of Laws program on a semestral basis, with pending application with the Legal Education Board for the provision of both Juris Doctor and an enhanced Bachelor of Laws curricular programs beginning SY 2013-2014. Paralegal Certificate is planned to be 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 enrollment of close to six hundred students, male and female in almost equal proportion. Approximately thirty (30%) percent of its students are working in public or private offices. 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; Diponegoro University in Semarang, Indonesia and the American Graduate School in Paris, France. It also has a Supreme Court- accredited Clinical Legal Education Program, and is an accredited MCLE provider.