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University of Cebu

Cebu City
COLLEGE OF LAW
COURSE SYLLABUS
I. COURSE NUMBER
II.

COURSE TITLE

JD 111
:

Introduction to Law

III.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
:
A general study given to freshmen, providing for an overview of the various aspects of
the concept of law, with emphasis on the relationship between law, jurisprudence, equity, courts, society and public policy,
presented through selected provisions of law, cases, and other materials depicting settled principles and current
developments, both local and international, including a review of the evolution of the Philippine legal system.

IV.

COURSE PREREQUISITE

N/A

V.

COURSE CREDIT

1 unit

VI.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES
:
The course is designed to provide the students with an overview of the law, the legal
system, legal concepts, procedure, terminology, and current issues in law.

VII.

COURSE OUTLINE

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

CONTENTS

At the end of the course, the Introduction


students
are
expected
to
learn/cite/explain:
- Law, its concept, and classification
-

The definition, classification,


characteristics and sources of
law

Effect and Application of Laws

The Philippine Legal System

TIME
ALLOTMENT
3 hrs

STRATEGIES/ACTIVITIES

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Lectures
/
Graded Textbook:
Interactions / Case Study /
Quizzes / Prelim, Semi-Final,
- Introduction to Law, 2003
Midterm
and
Final
Edition, by Rolando A.
Examinations
Suarez
II. Other resources:

The effectivity, effect


application of laws

The various foreign legal


II. Civil Law
system that had influenced
Philippine laws and legal
- Persons and Human Relations
system
- Marriage and Family Relations
The
qualifications
and
procedure for admission to the
- Property
legal profession
- Obligations and Contracts
The basic principles, legal
terminologies, issues, and rules
- Succession; and
concerning: a) Persons and
Human Relations; b) Marriage
- Torts and Damages.
and Family Relations; c)
Property; d) Obligations and
III. Political Law and the Constitution of the
Contracts; e) Succession; and f)
Republic of the Philippines
Torts and Damages.
- The Philippine Government and
The meaning, nature and
Constitution
purpose of the Constitution
- Inherent Powers of the State
The inherent powers of the state
- The Bill of Rights
The Branches of Government /
Its nature, powers and functions
IV. Criminal Law
The Bill of Rights
- Definition, historical background,
The concept and basic rules
and basic principles of criminal law
concerning: a) Separation of
Powers; b) Delegation of
Powers; c) Parens Patriae; d)
Acts of State; e) State Immunity
from Suit
V. Remedial Law

and

The Legal Profession


6 hrs

The Civil Code of the


Philippines

The 1987 Constitution of


the Republic of the
Philippines

The Revised Penal Code

The Revised Rules of


Court

The Labor Code of the


Philippines

Selected cases decided


by the Supreme Court

2 hrs

1.5 hrs

The concept, grounds, and


procedure for impeachment of
impeachable officials under the
1987 Constitution
The definition and historical
background of criminal law
The fundamental principles,
legal terminologies, and rules of
criminal law

Civil Procedure

Special Civil Action,

Special Proceedings

Provisional Remedies

Criminal Procedure

Rules of Evidence

2 hrs

The concept of remedial law


VI.Labor and Social Legislation
Overview of the basic stages of
- Fundamental Rules and Policies of
ordinary civil actions and
Labor and Social Legislation
criminal actions

Definition, nature, and kinds of


a) Special Civil Actions; b)
Special Proceedings; and c)
Provisional Remedies

Definition, nature, kinds and


rules of evidence

Definition of labor law and social


legislation

Regulation of recruitment and


placement activities

Conditions of employment

Unfair labor practices

Kinds

of

employment

1.5 hrs

and

termination of employment
VIII.

EVALUATIVE MEASURES
:
The students shall be evaluated and rated based on their performance in the classroom
recitations, quizzes, and the preliminary, semi-final, midterm and final examinations.

IX.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
wit:

The official grading system of the University of Cebu College of Law will be followed, to

a. Class Standing (Prelim/Semi-Final Exam, Recitations, Quizzes and Assignments)..40%


b. Midterm / Final Examination..60%

Prepared by: ATTY. JOE VINSON M. EMPACES

Approved by: DEAN BALDOMERO C. ESTENZO