The Post Graduate Department of Law was first established at the Madhusudan Law College, Cuttack in the year 1973 and was later shifted to the Utkal University Campus in 1975. Prof (Dr.) S.K. Ghose was the first HOD of the Post Graduate Department of Law and currently, the Department is headed by Dr. Manoj Kumar Sadual. Prof. K D Gour joined as Professor in the year 1975 along with Dr. Indira Panda, Dr. M.A.A. Baig, Dr. R.N. Pattnaik and Dr. D C Mohapatra as faculty members. In the year 1986, Dr. A Praharaj, Dr. Kulamani Jena and Dr. P C Mishra joined as Reader in the Department. During the year 1989, Prof P K Sarkar joined as Reader and Prof. P K Pattnaik joined as Reader in 2004. In the year 2010, Dr. M. S. Dash was appointed as Reader in the Department. Dr. G. K. Sahu joined as Assistant Professor in 2014. Dr. M.K. Sadual joined as Reader in the year 2015 and Prof (Dr.) S K Nanda joined this Department in the year 2022. Currently the Department offers Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Business Law, Constitution Law and Criminal Law. Further to bring excellence in legal research and development, this Department acts as the center for research and offers Ph.D. Course work for the prospective legal researchers and scholars.
To be a Centre of Excellence in Legal Education with an innovative focus on building a creative, enlightened and productive civil society through
Department has outlined several future plans, which include