On April 18, 1989, the PLM Board of Regents issued Resolution No. 1329 authorizing the establishment of a College of Law in the University and approving thereat a curriculum for the first-year level. During its deliberation, the Board agreed that the College of Law should be primarily social justice oriented. It is along this line that the curriculum was developed.
Thus during the School Year 1989-1990, the College of Law formally opened its doors.
On April 2, 1990, the Board of Regents approved the curriculum for the second, third, and fourth year levels based on DECS Order No. 27, Series of 1989 (Standard Law Curriculum). Thereafter on July 22, 1993, the Supreme Court approved the Legal Aid Program which is required of all well-meaning law schools in the country. The Legal Aid Program is to be tied up with the Free Legal Assistance Service (FLAS) of then Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, mandating the mobilization of the students of the College of Law in the program designed to give meaning to the Constitutional principle that no person shall be denied legal assistance by reason of poverty created under Executive No. 43, Series of 1992.
The first Dean of the College of Law was Atty. Serafin V.C. Guingona who was promoted as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. Currently, the PLM College of Law is headed by Atty. George Erwin M. Garcia who assumed Deanship on July 9, 2018.
The general law program hopes to provide men and women with high legal education at the least possible cost, preparing them for the practice of law: that is geared towards public service and social justice. Towards this end, the law program is designed:
1. To train the students to have a clear grasp of the law.
2. To develop the students’ ability to think logically, methodically, and to express himself clearly and forcefully.
3. To train the students for leadership in various spheres of public service.
4. To contribute to the development of Philippine jurisprudence and legal literature.
The College of Law maintains a scholarship program care primarily to needy but deserving and qualified residents of the Manila.
Towards this end, courses are designed to cater to the needs of the law students geared ultimately to the needs of the City of Manila.
Specifically, the College of Law performs the following:
1. Develops a law program aimed to promote social justice and improve the delivery of public services in the City of Manila.
2. Maintains linkages with other law schools to upgrade and improve the quality of legal education in the country.
4. Supports faculty development programs and research activities.