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Friday, 24 June 2011 14:09

The Xavier University-Ateneo De Cagayan in consortium with the Ateneo De Zamboanga University opens a College of Law in Zamboanga City to cater to interested students in the region and other neighboring provinces and cities.

The opening of classes will be on Monday June 27,2011. The Dean of the College of Law is Atty. Raul R. Villanueva of Xavier University. Associate Dean for ADZU College of Law is former City Councilor  Atty. Rosendo U. Castillo Jr.

ADZU President Fr. Antonio Moreno S.J. told newsmen in a press conference on Wednesday that 68 baccalaureate graduate students tookthe Law School Qualifying Test last May 19. The pioneering students are composed of 15 males and four females. The passing rate of the LSQT is 60 per cent.

Associate Dean Castillo said it is the dream of Fr. Moreno and the Jesuit community to offer in this city and in the region the same high standard of education in the field of law that the Ateneo schools are renowned for.

Among the professors who will teach in the ADZU law school are Judge Jesus C. Carbon Jr., Atty. Quirino G. Esguerra Jr., Atty. Darlene R. Pajarito, Atty. Rhett Julius J. Plagata, Atty. Vic Solis, Atty. Rommel Agan and Atty. Luis Climaco. Invited to give synthesis seminars are Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Law School. Atty. Antonio GM. La Viña, Atty. Giovanni F. Vallente and others.

The Zamboanga AE Colleges which is now Universidad De Zamboanga pioneered the opening of a College of Law in Zamboanga City in 1951-52. It was closed in 1963-64, then re-opened in 1969 and closed again in 1995-96 due to lack of students and professors.       The ZAEC law school produced judges and lawyers like Judge Danilo Bucoy, The late Mayor Vitaliano Agan, Atty. Crecenciano Cabanlit, Bar Topnotcher Atty. Susan Delos Reyes, Atty. Asbi Edding, Atty. Jesus Aquino, Judge Nancy Cuaresma and Atty. Edgardo Gonzales.
Western Mindanao State University opened its College of Law in 1982 and is still in existence up to now.

WMSU College of Law Dean Eduardo Sanson said they have produced more than 100 lawyers since its opening. Other law schools in the region the Andres Bonifacio College and the Dipolog City Foundation College, both in Dipolog City. —  Allen Abastillas