Officials of the Mindanao State University (MSU) campus here are pushing for the construction of a new building and related facilities for its College of Law extension unit.

Dr. Anshari Ali, College of Law secretary, said Tuesday the development of a new building was among the requirements set by the Supreme Court (SC) for their bid to become a full-fledged college.

He said the SC had denied their accreditation due to the lack of permanent building and other physical facilities.

Since its establishment in 1992, the college has remained an extension unit of the MSU Marawi College of Law.

It currently occupies the second floor of the university’s College of Education Training Department or laboratory high school main building, which is the oldest structure in the campus.

The MSU high school campus is located at the city proper while the main university campus is in Barangay Fatima.

“The (SC’s) Legal Education Board will only grant our accreditation if we will have our own building,” Ali said in his brief presentation during the city council’s regular session.

He urged the city government, through city council members, to intervene and specifically assist the college’s efforts to finally have its own building.

Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles and Councilors Jose Edmar Yumang and Lourdes Casabuena expressed support to the move and signified to explore possible partnerships with the college.

Yumang, who is a lawyer and a product of the college, said he will push for engagements on the matter between the college and the city government.

During the session, the city council conferred a plaque of appreciation and recognition to the MSU College of Law here for producing 28 new lawyers in the 2016 Bar Examination.

The college posted a passing rate of 57.14 percent, the “highest since its establishment 25 years ago,” according to Ali.

He said such accomplishment was a product of hard work and the efforts of their faculty and staff to continually improve the quality of learning at the college, as well as the sacrifices of their students in preparing for the bar exams.

“Despite our apparent lack of resources and facilities compared to other established law schools, rest assured that we remain committed to improve our standards and strive to produce the best lawyers,” Ali added. (AVE/PNA)