Dharmasthala is a famous templetown on the bank of river Nethravathi with a magnificent backdrop of western ghats. The place is known for its religious sanctity and religious harmony. Here Dharma is expressed in the form of Dana (Charity) and lakhs of devotees pray here for the blessings of Lord Manjunatha Swamy. Having a history of more than several centuries, this abode of Dharma has become a shining example of rich Indian cultural heritage.
"Nyaya Dana " is one of the important aspects of the functioning of Dharmasthala. So it was not a surprise hat when the S.D.M. Educational Trust initiated the move to start a Law college, it gathered special significance throughout the State of Karnataka . The educational institutions run by Dharmasthala have found a special place because of their concern for quality and discipline.
In 1974 the college commenced under the Mysore University . The responsibility of starting this new institution was efficiently handled by the then Principal Prof. N. J. Kadamba and in the beginning it started functioning in Besant women's college.
Within a span of 2 years the Management constructed a new building with all the necessary infrastructure at a very prominent location. The new building was inaugurated by the then Judge of Supreme Court of India, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Late K.S. Hegde.
Mangalore University became the first University to introduce the 5 years L.L.B. in the whole of Karnataka State . Our interest in bringing seriousness and professionalism depended on the commitment of the Management to do the best and the enthusiasm of the teachers to work with devotion.
5 year integrated course started functioning along with he existing 3- year course. The building and the infrastructure and teaching facility to meet the demands of the new 5 - year course was a great challenge. The management in all its magnanimity got ready to accommodate all the requirements by providing a magnificient building in which we are functioning now.
The concept of Legal Aid is considered to be a very significant area under the Indian Constitution. So the responsibility of participating in this activity by the Law colleges, was considered as necessary and relevant.
The students are properly trained to collect the data from the villages identified by the institution and on a convenient day the camp is conducted with the help of Legal Services Authority, NGO's and Revenue officials. The overwhelming response has given us a lot of confidence to involve ourselves in this area of social activity coupled with an intention to expose the students to social realities.The National Service Scheme has become an important part of higher education today.
Our Vision was to utilise this Co-curricular activity for the benefit of professional training in law. The need to sensitize the students to the compelling demands of the common man was being materialised by attempts through this scheme.
Our college has been conducting blood donation camps for the last 10 years and has won the recognition of being the college donating the highest units of blood in the entire University more than once.
The students of our Institution are continously participatin in State level and National level Moot Court competitions all these years.
As a mark of our indebtedness to he rich folk art of this coastal region ou students started conducting Yakshagana inercollegiate competition under the banner of Yakshotsava. It has been widely acclaimed not only by the students but also by the art enthusiasts.
S.D.M. Law college has been selected as a partner institution with National Law School of India University for an ambitious project connected with the Environmental Law sponsored by Centre for Environmental Educational Research and Advocacy. We have successfully conducted National level workshop on Coastal Eco - system Management. Again we have the privilege of holding a 21 days National level Refresher Course on curiculum planning on Environmental Law.
Students have been provided with all opportunities and facilities to participate and compete in sports and games.
These are some of the highlights of our functioning and history as an institution with committment to pursue excellence. Our attempts have always proved meaningful because of the blessings of Lord Manjunatha Swamy and constant guidance by the Dharmadhikari Dr.D. Veerendra Hegade. We pray the Lord Almightly to guide us on the right path so that the products of our institution will be worthy citizens of this great country. We will remain grateful to all those persons who whole - heartedly helped us in building this institution and maintaining the expected standards.