The Misamis University, College of Law
The College of Law is one of the first colleges instituted at the Misamis University. It is considered as one of the pioneering law schools, if not the oldest law school in Northwestern Mindanao. From the ruins of the Second World War, Misamis University (then named Misamis Institute) resumed its operations in 1946.
The following year (1947), the College of Law welcomed its first law students under a permit to operate granted by the Bureau of Private Schools. It attracted local students from the host town of Misamis (now Ozamiz City) and the other towns of the province of Misamis Occidental as well as those from the neighboring provinces of Zamboanga (now the two provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur) and Lanao (now divided into the two provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur).
In 1952, the College of Law honored its first passers of the bar examination, but it was in the year that followed (1953) that the College gained full government recognition.
In its existence of more than half a century, the College of Law of the Misamis University has grown in stature and prestige. It has consistently provided quality legal education and discipline boosted by a good mix of faculty members who are alumni of the college and graduates of law schools in Cebu and Manila. Year in and year out, the College has produced graduates and lawyers who have become pillars in the various echelons of government bureaucracy.
The College takes pride in its list of illustrious graduates who have been elected as members of the House of Representatives and local government unit executives and those who have been appointed as judges of the first and second level courts, prosecutors in the Department of Justice, lawyers in the Public Attorney’s Office and heads, legal counsels and employees in other government agencies and instrumentalities including government owned and controlled corporations. The College is also the alma mater of a good number of lawyers in the practice of the legal profession.
The College ventures into the future aware of its history and of its vision and mission to provide quality legal education to those who choose a career in law. It strives to maintain the brand of academic tradition it has been known for and equips itself for future challenges as it slowly approaches the century mark.
- Juris Doctor