Faculty of Law, University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) was established in September 1965 on the initiative of figures and leaders of Muhammadiyah Malang (Prof. A. Masyur Effendy, SH. MS., Prof. Drs. Sufyan Safe, SH., Syarbini Habib, SH., Amir Hamzah, SH., and others). Law Faculty is one of the oldest faculties in UMM beside Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Education and Teaching Science (FKIP). At the beginning, Faculty of Law status’ was registered under a decree from the Directorate General of Higher Education Number: 68/B-Swt/P/1966, dated 30 December 1966, with two departments; civil and penal law. As a part of private university, Law Faculty underwent inevitably dynamic good and bad time in the long run.
In 1970, Faculty of Law terminated its academic activities since people showed less interest. As a private university, it was known that the run of Law Faculty of UMM fully depended on the number of students. Therefore, this termination could be understood because little number of students should pay more.
In 1976/1977, there was a glimmer of hope for Law Faculty of UMM when the reform and re-orientation happened in Private Higher Education Coordinator (Kopertis) Region VII which worked as the coordinator of private universities. Then, in 1976 UMM had developed Master Plan Development (RIP) and then it was followed by the validation of UMM status in 1977. It was validated by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia with Decree Number: 0721/U/77, December 31, 1977.
In order to bring the master plan and the Statute into reality and also for the sake of UMM’s appreciation toward national and local educational developments, in 1978 the Faculty of Law was reactivated with the basic system of accreditation issued in 1977 and national curriculum applied at the time. Next, by a decree Minister of Education and Culture No.070/0/1985 dated February 18, 1985, the Law Faculty gained Avowed status (accreditation status to-2). In 1987, based on the Decree No. 0308/0/1987, dated June 8, 1987 it obtained Recognized status and finally in 1989 to Law Faculty attained Equated Status based on Minister of Education and Culture Decree No.0447/0/1989, dated July 19, 1989. Furthermore, Law Faculty has been known as one of the most grown faculties in UMM. Then at the last accreditation conducted by Depdikbud in 1993, Faculty of Law was able to maintain its Equal status, as decided in the Decree of Directorate General of Higher Education Department of Education and Culture Number: 648/Dikti/Kep/1993 dated November 23, 1993. Then, in accreditation done by the National Accreditation Board (BAN) in 1998, according to Decree Number BAN: 01168/Ak-1.1/UMMIHK/VIII/1998, Faculty of Law, accredited with the rank B. Then based on the accreditation by the National Accreditation Board (BAN) with Decree BAN Number: 06051/Ak-VII-S! -036/UMMIHK/XX/2003 UMM Faculty of Law, accredited with the rank A (very good).
Changes and improvements of the curriculum of higher education and the elimination of study program or faculty also participated in the dynamic movement of the Faculty of Law. According to the Minister of Education and Culture Decree No.: 017/DO/1993 jo. SK Mendikbud No. 036/U/1993, and Decree of Ministry of Education and Culture No. 0325/U/1994 about the national curriculum, there would be no other major in the bachelor level (S1)in any Law Science. Therefore, all Law Faculties in any Indonesian universities would have only one bachelor major; the Study of Law Science.