“The university established the College of Law in 2009 and enshrined human rights as its centerpiece. DLSU believes that protecting and promoting human rights is the manifestation of Christian values in the field of law.”  – The Formation Program of the De La Salle University College of Law by Virgilio R. de los Reyes, JSM

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Tañada-Diokno College of Law is envisioned as a leading legal education institution that molds future leaders in the legal profession. Established in 2009, the law school gives special focus on human rights in its program and is guided by the tenets of Lasallian Christian education and reflects the advocacy and vision of its founding Dean Jose Manuel I. Diokno, a leading human rights lawyer in the Philippines.

The DLSU Tañada-Diokno College of Law forms and educates future lawyers steeped in the Lasallian core values of faith, zeal for service, and communion in mission. The College (1) imparts the knowledge and provides support to prepare students to pass the bar examinations; (2) hones students’ knowledge and skills to prepare them for the legal profession; and (3) gives the students the opportunity to participate in formation activities that integrate faith, service, and communion.


Despite being relatively new in the field of legal education, the DLSU Tañada-Diokno College of Law has reaffirmed the quality Lasallian brand of education with its consistent and excellent performance in the bar examinations. It is one of the top-performing private law schools in the country by maintaining passing rates double or triple the national rates.

Its pioneer law batch in 2014 had a 56.5 percent passing rate on its first attempt—the highest among private institutions at the time. In 2016, it posted its highest passing rate at 82%. In the 2018 Bar Exams, the College marked another milestone with its first graduate to rank among top bar examinees.

The law school has likewise successfully participated in international moot court and other competitions, bagging several awards. In the field of service, its Developmental Legal Advocacy Center has created a positive impact on partner communities.



2009  The establishment of the DLSU College of Law, with human rights as its centerpiece. The creation of DLSU’s newest college was regarded by the University as its gift to the nation on the occasion of the then-approaching centennial of Lasallian presence in the Philippines. By committing to the development of  law professionals that are competent, morally upright, and with a heart for service, the University fulfills its commitment to social justice, maintains its tradition of excellence and service, and brings to reality a pathbreaking vision, with a passion to transform lives.

2013 – The DLSU College of Law created the Development Legal Advocacy Center (DLAC) which is the main pillar of its clinical legal education program. The DLAC’s creation coincides with the first set of students who will be required to undergo internship with the DLAC as part of their clinical legal education.

2014 – The DLSU College of Law produced its first batch of graduates who would go on to take the bar examinations in September of that year, the very first for the DLSU College of Law. 

2015 – DLSU’s pioneer law batch in 2014 achieved a 56.5 percent passing rate on its first attempt, the highest among private institutions at the time. In the same year, the DLSU College of Law shifted from a trimestral to semestral calendar, in order to support a more in-depth and focused instruction.

2016 – The law school moved from its initial home at the Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Hall in the Manila campus to the P400-million state-of-the-art Rufino Campus at the heart of  Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. Its proximity to the headquarters of some of the country’s top corporations will be enhanced by the presence of the new offices of the Philippine Senate and Supreme Court of the Philippines in the area, making the campus a crossroads for leadership in business and governance, and a conducive environment for nurturing legal talents.

2018 – The DLSU College of Law celebrates its first top notcher in the Bar Exams, Atty. Kathrine Ting, who placed 8th out of 8,155 examinees.

2019 – The law school shifts from a thesis Juris Doctor program to a non-thesis Juris Doctor program.

2021 – The DLSU College of Law, one of the first five law schools, adopts the Revised Model Curriculum mandated by the Legal Education Board.

2022 – The DLSU resolved to rename the law school into the DLSU Tanada-Diokno College of Law in honor of Lasallians and Filipino senators, patriots, and nationalists, Sen. Lorenzo “Ka Tanny” Tanada and Sen. Jose “Ka Pepe” Diokno.


De La Salle University positions itself as a leader in molding human resources who serve the church and the nation. It is a Catholic coeducational institution founded in 1911 in the Philippines by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Through the appeals of Manila Archbishop Jeremiah James Harty, an alumnus of a Lasallian school in America, it played an important role in preserving Catholicism in the Philippines by paving the way for the introduction of English-based quality Catholic education in the country, as citizens transitioned from Spanish to American rule.

The values of faith, zeal for service, and communion capture an important dynamism that goes back to the time of the Founder and his first associates. It is this same dynamism that has given rise to the countless apostolic initiatives and innovations that have since grown out of St. John Baptist de La Salle’s initial response to the call of God discerned in the needs of poor and abandoned youth. Taken as one spirit, the spirit of faith, zeal and communion provide a paradigm for living the Lasallian story today and an impetus for the purpose and objectives of the DLSU College of Law.

At present, the University is a hub for higher education training renowned for its academic excellence, prolific and relevant research, and involved community service. The many reputable programs of DLSU, including economics, engineering, information technology, sciences, and the arts, are valuable resources for legal research undertakings. Fourteen academic programs of DLSU have been named CHED Centers of Excellence (COEs) while five academic programs are Centers of Development (CODs).

DLSU remains the only private university in the Philippines included in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (WUR) for 2021, retaining its position in the 1,001+ bracket.  This is the third straight year that DLSU has been part of the global ranking since its inaugural appearance in 2019. 

THE WUR requires a threshold number of Scopus publications, combined with data on teaching, research, innovation, international outlook, and reputation.

The Tañada-Diokno College of Law

De La Salle University dedicates the name of its College of Law to two patriots, nationalists, and lawyers whose lives exemplify the ideals and values of true Lasallians – Lorenzo M. Tañada, Sr. and Jose W. Diokno.

Lorenzo Martinez Tañada, Sr. graduated at the top of his high school class in De La Salle College in 1918. He obtained his law degree from the University of the Philippines and later earned advanced degrees in law from Harvard Law School and the University of Santo Tomas. Ka Tanny served as a Solicitor General, Special Prosecutor, judge, and Senator of the Republic.

Jose Wright Diokno graduated from the high school of De La Salle College and later earned his degree in commerce, summa cum laude, also at De La Salle College in 1940. He topped the CPA licensure exams immediately after graduation. After being granted a special dispensation by the Supreme Court to sit for the bar exams without finishing a law degree, he topped the bar exams administered in1944. Ka Pepe distinguished himself as a lawyer, Secretary of Justice, and as a Senator of the Republic.

The patriotism of these two Lasallians was at its pinnacle in the struggle against the dictatorship and repression from the 1970s to the 1980s. Ka Pepe was one of the many persons thrown in jail by President Marcos in 1972. Ka Tanny was his lawyer. They were both active in the parliament of the streets, asserted national sovereignty, and defended the most vulnerable. They were founding members of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), a nationwide organization of human rights lawyers in the Philippines, where Ka Pepe was elected as chair. Ka Tanny and Ka Pepe, two friends who collaborated on many endeavors, causes, cases, advocacies, were joined by their love for the Filipino.

Through its Tañada-Diokno College of Law, De La Salle University seeks to mold future lawyers who will emulate the love of God and country of these two exemplary Lasallians.

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The DLSU Tañada-Diokno College of Law is housed in the DLSU Rufino Campus in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. The BGC campus, as it is more commonly referred to by the Lasallian community, is strategically located at the heart of this burgeoning commercial and technological district which is fast becoming the convergence point of business and governance. Several established and prominent law firms are also based in the area. National government agencies, like the Department of Energy, the Intellectual Property Office, the Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Trade and Industry, and soon the Supreme Court and the Philippine Senate have either relocated or established offices in BGC. At the DLSU Rufino Campus, Lasallian law students will have the exciting and enviable opportunity to learn the law at the same place where it is enacted, implemented, and interpreted.


The Administration of the DLSU Tañada-Diokno College of Law is composed of legal luminaries who are well-respected in the industry and widely acknowledged for their extensive experience in human rights advocacy. With them at helm, the students can rest assured of the law school’s commitment to its vision.


Dean Gil de los Reyes has been a Lasallian since grade school. He began his career as a high school teacher in 1983. Dean de los Reyes had extensive litigation and transaction advisory practice focusing on land and property. His pro bono publico practice was in defense of the rights of agrarian reform beneficiaries. With Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno, he established the College of Law of De La Salle University.

In recognition of his long experience in agrarian reform, he was appointed as the Secretary of Agrarian Reform by President Benigno S. Aquino III in 2010 and served until 2016. As secretary, he instituted reforms in the organization of the bureaucracy, support service delivery, land distribution, and land acquisition. He has characterized his tenure in implementing one of the most contentious social programs as taking a hard look at reality, free of preconceived notions, and taking steps to address the dysfunctions in implementation. Since 2016, Dean de los Reyes has been involved with multilateral organizations focusing on agriculture and property rights. He is a member of the Working Group on the Legal Structure of Agricultural Enterprises convened by the UNIDROIT, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.


  • Master of the Science of Law, Stanford University (Fellow, Stanford Program in International Legal Studies)
  • Master of Arts in International Relations, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (scholarship grantee)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, the University of the Philippines – Diliman

International Economic Law, Law, and Economic Development, Property Law, Land Titles and Deeds, Agrarian Reform Law

Associate Dean

Dr. Rebecca E. Khan is an international arbitration and litigation practitioner, specializing in investor-State dispute resolution. Her international experience includes arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as disputes, brought before the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Dr. Khan also has extensive experience litigating cases before all levels of the judicial system, including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and specialized courts such as the Court of Tax Appeals and the Sandiganbayan, where she litigated several high-profile asset recovery cases in her former role as a State Solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General.

Dr. Khan was also part of the Philippine delegation to UNCITRAL during the drafting of the 2014 Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration. She was appointed by the Supreme Court to its drafting committee for the 2009 Rules of Court on Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is on the corps of professors of the Philippine Judicial Academy.

She was previously a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Her papers in the area of international investment law have been presented at international conferences and have appeared as book chapters published in Europe and the United States.



  • Doctor of Juridical Science (summa cum laude), Central European University, Budapest (CEU Doctoral Scholarship)
  • Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law, with highest honors, George Washington University, Washington D.C. (Fulbright Scholarship; Thomas Buergenthal Scholar)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology, University of the Philippines-Diliman



Public International Law, Special Proceedings, International Moot Court, Advanced Legal Writing

Assistant Dean for Clinical Legal Education

Atty. Custodio is Managing Partner of the Custodio Accorda Sicam and De Castro Law Offices, a Makati-based law firm cited for some years as one of the top dispute resolution firms in the Philippines. He has been in practice since 1985 after graduating from the UP College of Law, with extensive experience in dispute resolution, particularly civil and criminal litigation. He is presently an accredited arbitrator of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission.

Currently, Atty. Custodio is a Professional Lecturer and serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Remedial Law. He has been teaching law in various academic institutions since 2002.


  • Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School
  • Master in Business Administration, Ateneo Graduate School of Business
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman


Special Civil Action, Remedial Law Review, Civil Procedure, Evidence

Founding Dean

Popularly known as “Chel”, Atty. Diokno is the Founding Dean of the De La Salle University Tañada-Diokno College of Law. Influenced mainly by his father Jose “Ka Pepe” Diokno, he has become one of the country’s leading human rights lawyer. He has successfully handled notable cases like the release “Tagaytay 5 leftist activists” from the illegal detention of the Philippine National Police in 2008, and the prosecution of the 27 police officers in the 1995 Kuratong Baleleng Rubout Case.

 Atty. Diokno is the chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), the largest association of lawyers in the Phiippines defending human rights  His advocacy is giving legal aid to the marginalized sectors of society, and the victims of injustice and abuse of authorities like when he handled the case of M/V Dona Paz, a passenger ship that sunk in 1987. He also defended the rights and protection of the ordinary fishermen from the abuses of big fishing businesses, the rights of the Lumad, rights of teachers, soldiers, and members of the media.  He also specializes in using DNA evidence to save the innocent from death penalty.

 Atty. Diokno launched a campaign for a seat in the Senate in the last May 2019 Senatorial Elections. Although unfortunate in his senatorial campaign, he still continues to push for his advocacies of bringing back the lost integrity in our justice system, strong social protection, an inclusive economy, a democratic society and system, environmental protection, and an improved foreign policy and international relations. These advocacies were reflected in his campaign platforms.

 Currently, Atty. Diokno is a Senior Professional Lecturer.



  • Juris Doctor (magna cum laude), Northern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of the Philippines


Evidence, Practice Court II, Human Rights Law

Former Associate Dean

Atty. Peralta’s practice areas include corporate law, foreign investments law, securities regulation, taxation, commercial litigation, intellectual property, business process outsourcing, e-commerce, and information technology. He has represented companies in negotiating and drafting software, hardware, internet, and other information technology transactions.  He has appeared in various cases involving intra-corporate disputes, insolvency, corporate rehabilitation, disputed tax assessments, unfair competition, trademark, and patent infringement.

Currently, Atty. Peralta is a Professional Lecturer. He served as the Associate Dean from 2019-2021. He has been teaching in the law school since its establishment. Atty. Peralta is the author of the Philippine section of International Telecommunications Law, published by BNA in London, U.K., and co-author of the Philippine section of Global Privacy and Security Law published by Aspen Publishers/Wolters Kluwer. Atty. Peralta was accorded an Honorary Membership by the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Center for International Studies based in Vienna, Austria in 2001. He was an ASEAN Overseas Training Scholar having attended the Intellectual Property Rights-Management Training Program in Tokyo, Japan in February 2002, sponsored by the Japan Patent Office. He has been consistently cited and recommended by the Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Asia IP and Who’s Who Legal for Corporate Law, M&A, Intellectual Property, and Information Technology.



  • International Financial Law School Training Course Euromoney-Hong Kong
  • Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law, Duke University
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of the Philippines-Diliman



Intellectual Property Law, Land Titles and Deeds, Corporation Law, Credit Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions


Chairperson, Department of Civil Law

Atty. Sebastian is a private law practitioner for 40 years, with extensive experience in banking, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure projects, and settlement of estates. He, likewise, holds directorship in various corporations.

Currently, Atty. Sebastian is a Professional Lecturer and serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Civil Law. He is also a pre-bar reviewer in civil law. With teaching experience spanning 38 years, Atty. Sebastian has taught civil and commercial law subjects in various law schools, such as the University of the Philippines College of Law, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, and Lyceum of the Philippines University College of Law, among others.



  • Masters of Law – International Banking Law Program, Boston University
  • Bachelor of Laws (salutatorian), Ateneo de Manila University
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Economics (magna cum laude), University of Santo Tomas



Obligations and Contracts, Succession, Negotiable Instruments

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Chairperson, Department of Criminal Law

Atty. Sanidad is a Partner in Sanidad Abaya Te Viterbo Enriquez & Tan Law Firm. He started his career in the early 80s when he served as legal counsel for the National Secretariat for Social Action –Justice and Peace Desk, and the Luzon Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace. In 1987, he served as counsel for the National Democratic Front (NDF) in the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) – NDF Peace Negotiations. Also in that year, he was the National Legal Counsel of Partido ng Bayan (PNB). He was a member of the team of private prosecutors in the Senate impeachment trial against former President Joseph Estrada. He was also a member of the Strategy Committee of the joint prosecution team of the Ombudsman, Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General, and private lawyers in the criminal cases against former President Estrada before the Sandiganbayan.

Currently, Atty. Sanidad is a Professional Lecturer and serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Criminal Law. He is affiliated with the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), where he became a representative to the International Convention of Jurist (ICJ) Conference on “Impunity” in Geneva, Switzerland in 1992. He is also affiliated with the Regional Council on Human Rights in Asia (RCHRA), where he became a representative to the UNCHR Conference in 1990 that was also held in Geneva, Switzerland. He also teaches in the University of the Philippines College of Law.



  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences major in Political Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman



Criminal Law I, Criminal Law II, Special Penal Laws, Criminal Procedure

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Chairperson, Department of Mercantile Law

Ranked 3rd place in the 1979 Philippine Bar Examinations, Atty. Migallos has been in law practice since 1980. Her practice areas cover corporate law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She also has had extensive litigation experience. She was with the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices for six years. In 1986, she joined the late Senator Raul S. Roco to establish a new firm which later became known as the Roco Kapunan Migallos & Luna Law Offices. In 2006, she and Atty. Troy Luna established the Migallos & Luna Law Offices, where she advises major Philippine companies on commercial law, with focus on corporations law and securities law and regulation. She also acts as Corporate Secretary of various listed companies like Philex Mining Corporation, PXP Energy Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation, and Alliance Select Foods International, Inc., and is a Director of Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation, also a listed company, and of Philex Mining and PXP Energy.

Currently, Atty. Migallos is a Professorial Lecturer and serves as the Chairperson of the Mercantile Law Department. She also lectures regularly for the mandatory continuing legal education program of the Philippine Supreme Court on ethical issues for lawyers in corporate practice, and on developments in securities regulation.



  • Bachelor of Laws (salutatorian and cum laude), University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (cum laude), University of the Philippines-Diliman



Corporations Law, Credit Transactions, Insurance Law, Advanced Securities Regulation, Corporate Practice

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Chairperson, Department of Political Law

Atty. Sunga is a human rights lawyer and law professor. He has litigated several landmark cases together with other leading human rights lawyers. He has been published widely in the field of international human rights law. He was a Member and Chair-Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a Special Procedure of the UN Human Rights Council. Atty. Sunga is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, published by the Oxford University Press.

Currently, Atty. Sunga is an Associate Professor and serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Political Law. He previously served as Director of the Developmental Legal Advocacy Clinic, the law school’s clinical legal education program. He earlier taught International Human Rights Law at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law and served as a Law Reform Specialist at the UP Institute of Human Rights. 



  • Master of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Science major in Management Engineering, Ateneo De Manila University



Constitutional Law, Public International Law, Special Issues in International Law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law Review

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Chairperson, Taxation Law Department

Atty. Villaluz specializes in individual and corporate tax planning, both in the national and local taxes. She also has had extensive experience in the handling of corporate organizations and reorganizations, including mergers, consolidations and quasi-reorganization, international tax advisory services, and tax advocacy work, such as handling of tax assessments, claims for refunds, and requests for rulings. She had been connected with the SGV & Co. Philippines from 1980. She was the Tax Training Director from 1983 to 1997, and from 2003 to 2005, as well as the Practice Director of its Tax Division from 2003 to 2010. She served as Partner of its Tax Services from 1993 until her retirement in 2014.

Currently, Atty. Villaluz is a Professorial Lecturer and serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Taxation Law. As an accredited lecturer in the mandatory continuing legal education program of the Philippine Supreme Court, Atty. Villaluz had been consistently lecturing in the Tax Training Programs and Seminars for clients as well as in the audit division training seminars, throughout her stay in SGV & Co. She was also a lecturer in the SGV-sponsored MCLE for its tax payers.



  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman



Taxation, Taxation Law Review

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Director for Academic Support

Atty. Sucgang is a strong advocate of legal education reform. His reform policies called for, among others, the setting up of an electronic reportorial system, a nationwide law school admission test, and the core-track law school curriculum.

He was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as Commissioner of the Legal Education Board (LEB) in 2013. After finishing his term in the LEB, he joined the Office of the President of the Philippines (OP), handling matters on national security, infrastructure, economic development, and government-owned or -controlled corporations. There he gained a working knowledge of the bureaucracy, enabling him in the future to provide practical solutions in introducing reforms to the country’s legal education system. Starting as Technical Assistant, he rose from the ranks and left the OP as Director III in 2018.

Currently, Atty. Sucgang is an Associate Professor and coordinates the Legal Writing and Research, Philosophy of Law, and Seminar on Study Techniques programs for freshmen students in the law school. He also serves as the Director and Chief Innovator of the Center for Legal Education Advancement and Reform, a think tank and consultancy center aiming to improve the Philippine legal education system. He was also invited to be a Member of the ongoing National Legal Education Advancement Program Steering Committee, a P70 Million program aiming to modernize Philippine legal education jointly organized by the Legal Education Board and the University of the Philippines Law Center.



  • Master of Laws and Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan (Fulbright Scholar, DeWitt Fellow, Hughes Fellow)
  • Juris Doctor (salutatorian), De La Salle University
  • Bachelor of Arts major  in Psychology (magna cum laude), De La Salle University



Obligations and Contracts, Agency, Trust and Partnership, Legal Writing and Research, Legal Research, Philosophy of Law, Seminar on Study Techniques


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The DLSU Tañada-Diokno College of Law is strategically located at the heart of Bonifacio Global City in Fort Bonifacio, burgeoning commerce and tech district and a crossroad of business and governance. It will soon be home to the Philippine Senate and the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Lasallian law students will, therefore, learn the law at the same place where it is created, applied, and decided.


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Published by the DLSU Tañada-Diokno College of Law (2022)