The Central Law College was founded by Prof. R.V. Dhanapalan in the year 1984. The government of that time started establishing law colleges in various parts of Southern India including Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Coimbatore, but the prominent district of Salem and other surrounding districts were left behind. Prof. R.V. Dhanapalan, a native of Salem and serving at the Madras Law College as a Senior Professor of Constitutional Law, aspired to build a law college in the district and made it happen.
The college had to face many obstacles before it could get the required approvals and formalities completed; however, the perseverance nature of our founder paid off and the college was established in 1984 by an order of the High Court of Madras.
Complying with the order, the University of Madras granted the college provisional affiliation in 1984 for a 5 year B.A.B.L. Integrated Course for students who have completed secondary school. In 1989, the college received a provisional affiliation for a 3 year BL Degree Based Course for students who already have a graduate degree in any discipline.
After many hiccups, the initial provisional affiliation was confirmed as a permanent affiliation by the University of Madras for both 5 year B.A.B.L. Integrated Course and 3 year BL Degree Based Course in the year 1993.