Inspired by the University’s Philosophy, “Godliness is the foundation of knowledge”,
the College of Law strongly holds that Godliness is the cornerstone in the study of law.
A premiere institution of legal education firmly embedded in the unique Christian culture of excellence,
discipline and service to humanity.
Provide the highest quality of instructions in the study of law with Christian values
as its foundation in the furtherance of bringing glory and honor to the Almighty.
- To maintain an atmosphere of academic and professional excellence in the field of law
- To lay down a strong and solid foundation through mastery in the fundamental concepts of law
- To develop the discipline of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to achieve proficient decision-making and legal advocacy
- To continuously upgrade, update and refine the teaching syllabi, materials and resources in accord with the rapid and dynamic growth and development in the knowledge of law
- To inculcate the importance of continuous and self-motivated life-long study in the law through research and continuing legal education
- To instill in the students of the law the spirit of empathy, compassion, fairness, respect and humaneness in dealing with people or a community in need of legal aid or assistance
- To constantly grow and advance as an institution of learning and establish linkages among local and international, private and public institutions
- To produce from the crop of students into committed members of the legal profession, imbued with proficiency and awareness, and more importantly, God-fearing, competent and disciplined
• • • HISTORY • • •
The New Era University College of Law started in June 2000 after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted its permit to operate for the first year level of the course. The opening coincided with the 25th anniversary of the New Era University, which was established in 1975.
The first Dean of the College of Law was Justice Nicolas P. Lapeña Jr., incidentally the first president of NEU (then New Era Educational Institute and New Era College). He was also one of the NEU incorporators and member of the Board of Trustees. Justice Lapeña was succeeded by Atty. Abraham G. Espejo and was then bestowed the title Dean Emeritus of the College of Law.
In December 2014, Atty. Serafin ‘Boyet’ Cuevas Jr. was appointed and now the current Dean of the College of Law. He is also the current Vice-President for Legal and External Affairs of the New Era University.
• • • MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN • • •
For the past fifteen years, the New Era University-College of Law (NEU-COL) has steadily developed and has produced a number of law graduates, lawyers and even judges. Compared to other law schools, NEU-COL is relatively young and has yet to make a mark in the legal community and in the Bar Examinations.
NEU-COL believes that there is more to law school than just passing the Bar Examinations. This is just the first, albeit important, of many other target outcomes. Most fresh graduates and new lawyers are incompetent and ill-prepared upon entering the legal arena. Some law schools are so focused on teaching the students the principles, laws, jurisprudence; that they tend to forget to teach the students the technical and procedural know-how and prepare them both psychologically and morally in the real world of law practice. Thus, NEU-COL aims not only to prepare its students for the Bar Examinations, but also adopt a curriculum, teaching method and vision that is practice-oriented and outcomes-based.
Great minds with good hearts
NEU-COL aims to produce law graduates who will be in positions of leadership and power, committed members of the legal profession, officers of the court, and advocates equipped with a solid foundation of the law and well-developed critical and problem-solving skills that will assist them in decision making and legal advocacy. NEU-COL aspires to produce legal professionals who, if and when faced with ethical and moral issues in their chosen field of practice, will choose the path of the righteous, empathic and dedicated to the needs of the weak and the oppressed, guided by the Christian values instilled in them by New Era University and its College of Law.
Towards a Global College of Law
The first decade and a half of the 21st Century is a decade of change, the emerging development of a global village. The College of Law of the New Era University has prepared itself to face the challenges that globalization will pose to the Filipino legal community as an ASEAN member. 2015 will usher in the start of the regional move among ASEAN countries towards integration. The College has taken upon itself to prepare and equip the students of law…..the future lawyers and present practitioners as well, not only with the knowledge and skills to work and practice in the integrated global environment but also instil Christian values to enable them to uphold the high moral standards as dispensers of justice. This is the hope and desire of the school’s leadership that it will make a difference in this material world. It is the fervent aspiration of the present deanship that these goals will be commendably achieved.
Atmosphere of Academic and Professional Excellence
The students of the College of Law of the New Era University is a good mix of professionals working in either private or government sector seeking advancement in their chosen career or even change in career path; of young (and once young), bright minds with ideals and dreams of becoming lawyer. In the achievement of these goals, NEU-COL offers its services to those able and willing, those with the aptitude and attitude for the legal profession, without having to pay higher or excessive tuition fees. NEU-COL also endeavor to provide legal education in an atmosphere of academic and professional excellence by engaging the services of equally dedicated and competent law professors and holding classes in the College of Law’s new home, the Professional Schools Building.
Establishing Linkages and Strengthening Community Extension
The NEU-COL is duly granted by the Supreme Court of the Philippines the privilege to have a Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) whereby our senior law students are allowed to handle actual cases in the court with the assistance and under the guidance of a licensed member of the Bar. In this regard, the College has established a Legal Aid Clinic, which not only serves as a training ground for senior law students but also serves indigent brethren who cannot afford to pay the services of lawyers in order to protect their rights and interests.
Likewise, it is duly accredited by the Supreme Court to conduct Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminar for lawyers, to ensure that throughout their career, they keep abreast with law and jurisprudence, maintain the ethics of the profession and enhance the standards of the practice of law.
Truly, the College of Law of the New Era University is relatively young and thus, has plenty of room to grow. I am optimistic that soon enough, the College of Law will make its mark.