About Us

The Central Law College

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.

Prof. R.V. Dhanapalan, a native of Salem, graduated in B.A. Economics from Government Arts College, Salem, and went on to do his M.A. Economics in Presidency College. He graduated in Law from the Madras Law College and received his Masters in Law from the University of Madras. He started his career as an apprentice to Prof. N.A. Subramanian and moved on to work as a junior under Justice S. Mohan who practiced in the Madras High Court on Writ side for ten years. He later joined the Faculty of Law at Madras Law College, and after serving as a Senior Professor of Constitutional Law, resigned his faculty position to set up the Central Law College in Salem.

Prof. R.V. Dhanapalan has to his credit, rich experience in the field of education by virtue of the various positions held by him. He was a member of the Academic Council, the Board of Studies, the Syndicate, the Senate and the Planning Commission of various universities. He was also the Advisor to the Governor of Tamil Nadu on Tamil Nadu University Education and the Vice-president of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, a premier National Institution of Excellence in Public Administration.


To provide liberal education, thereby creating enlightened and cultured citizens with a sense of civic responsibility, fair play of equity and justice.

To shape our students to take up the legal profession with dignity, clear conscience and commitment to society and also to serve on the judiciary with integrity and honesty without fear or favour


To impart world class legal education to the young aspirants.

To attain university status with global recognition and excellence.

To provide a continuous learning platform to our alumni for the betterment of their profession.