Philippine Law School

Philippine Law School
Paaralang Batas ng Pilipinas
Former names
National University (Philippines)
TypePrivate, nonsectarian, law school
FounderSimeon Conlu Lacson, Ricardo Conlu Lacson and Mariano Fortunato Jhocson
ChairmanSabina Lacson
PresidentVittorio Lacson
1942 Donada Street corner San Juan, Pasay City
Metro Manila
CampusUrban- Main Campus
ColorsBlue      and      gold

The Philippine Law School (PLS), founded in 1915, is a law school in the Philippines. It formerly served as the college of law of National University (Philippines).

PLS boasts of having produced one Philippine President, President Carlos P. Garcia, a member of the class of 1923[1] who placed 8th in the Bar Examinations with a rating of 86.60%. Another President, Diosdado Macapagal, was a PLS law student until his sophomore year, but he later transferred to the University of Santo Tomas. The school also produced Senate President Neptali A. Gonzales, a member of the class of 1949 who placed 9th in the Bar Examinations with a rating of 92.50%. That class produced a bar topnotcher, Atty. Anacleto R. Mangaser, who holds the third highest official general average in the history of the Bar Examinations (95.85%). Only Justice Florence Regalado (96.7%) and Atty. Renato L. dela Fuente (95.95%), classmates at the San Beda College of Law, obtained higher ratings in the 1954 Bar Examinations.


Founded in 1915 by Attys. Simeon and Ricardo Conlu Lacson with a collaboration with Mariano F. Jhocson, Sr., the founder of the National University (Philippines), Philippine Law School was established at its first campus in Quiapo, Manila. It previously served as the College of Law of National University (Philippines) in Sampaloc, Manila.

Atty Simeon Rene T. Lacson took over as President and oversaw the school's transfer from Intramuros to Pasay City in 1958. He faithfully served the school until his demise in 2009.

Today, Philippine Law School's Board of Trustees is headed by Mr. Vittorio G. Lacson (Chairman), with Ms. Sabina G. Lacson (President/COO) in charge of operations, and Atty. Jose Grapilon as Dean.

Notable alumni[edit]

Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines
  • Carlos P. Garcia - 8th President of the Philippines, lawyer, teacher and a poet. Bachelor of Laws (Philippine Law School), Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) National University (1961).[2]
  • Diosdado Macapagal - 9th President of the Philippines, 6th Vice President, lawyer and professor. Bachelor of Laws (attended).[3]
  • Neptali Gonzales - President of the Philippine Senate from 1992 to 1993, 1995 to 1996, and 1998, Lawyer, Top 9 in 1949 Philippine Bar Examination.[4]
  • Josepha Abiertas was the first woman to graduate from the school.[5]
  • Ambassador León María Guerrero, Former Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, former Ambassador of the Philippines to the Court of Saint James (United Kingdom)
  • Felixberto Serrano was secretary of foreign affairs under President Carlos P. Garcia from 1975 to 1961.
  • Cornelio Villareal- was a Filipino politician who served as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 1962 to 1967, and from 1971 to 1972


  1. ^ "Carlos P. Garcia" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 24, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Carlos, Garcia. "Carlos P. Garcia ~ Presedential Museum and Library". Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Diosdado, Macapagal. "Diosda Macapagal". Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Neptali, Gonzales. "Neptali Gonzales". Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "A". Women of History. Retrieved January 6, 2013.