History

History

History

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           In 1909 the Government of Hindia Belanda established the first law school in Indonesia named Rechtsschool (RS) in Batavia, which comprised of preparation class and expert class. The established was based on the request of P.A. Achmad Djajadiningrat (Banten Regent) in order to satisfy the need of law expert in the regional court. At the time, RS only accepted student from Priyayi (the highest social class in Javanese culture) yet it developed and became Rechtshogeschool or Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid, which was opened in 28th October 1924 by Governor General D. Fockt in Balai Sidang Museum van het Bataviasche Venootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen in Medan Merdeka Barat Street, Jakarta.

            In October 1951, Surabaya established an institution of higher education of Law named Perguruan Tinggi Ilmu Hukum Surabaya, which was initiated by alumni of RS. The founders are Prof. Mr. R.M. Soeripto, former judge of Surabaya District Court Prof. Mr. R.I. Gondowardojo, Governor Officer and lawyer Prof. Kho Siok Hie through Ministry of Education Decree Number 2321/kab/1952. The institution is granted as public school in 15th July 1952, which consist of Faculty of Law, Economics, Social and Politic of Universiteit Negeri Gajah Mada Yogyakarta.

            Universitas Airlangga was inaugurated in 1954 by former President of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno. Thus, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, and Faculty of Law are considered as the first three faculties of Universitas Airlangga. There are numerous law experts from Universitas Airlangga, one of which is Prof. Mr. A.G. Pringgodigdo (Former State Secretary in President Soekarno cabinet) who is also one of the founders of Faculty of law Universitas Airlangga. Having great reputation in legal education, the faculty is trusted by the National Education Department since 1970 to mentor law faculty of other universities in East Indonesia.

            The Faculty has a vision to become leading faculty in Asia which is independent, innovative, and to be pioneer of law faculty that produce graduates who are competent as professional jurist without neglecting morality. In order to acquire said vision, Facultay of Law Universitas Airlangga recognizes that legal education is not only limited to academic but also skill in practicing law. Therefore, the curriculum comprises of both theoretical and practical in order to prepare the student for their future career. Furthermore, the faculty has been preparing students to face future law in response to globalization; and always try to develop the system of law education through various training and legal research which conducted by the academic staff.