About Faculty of Law
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About FH UGM

The History of Faculty of Law
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The Faculty of Law UGM turned 77 years old on 17th of February 2023, becoming the first faculty that was established by the Republic of Indonesia. During our journey to realising the spirit “from good to great faculty of law”, the Faculty of Law UGM has made an essential contribution in the development of the nation and country, especially for the development of Legal studies in Indonesia. Many opinions and thoughts were born, grew, and spread from Gadjah Mada University Faculty of Law which used to strengthen and improve Indonesia national law, in accordance with the Faculty of Law aspiration to create the Bulaksumur School of Legal Thoughts. Several achievements have been achieved by the Faculty of Law UGM nationally and internationally.

The History of Faculty of Law

Within 77 years, numerous events have been documented as the traces of journey of Faculty of Law UGM as the dynamic institution that strengths our step towards high quality, internal integrity, and global connection in national or international forum. Various monumental things that will be achieved will always be an inspiration for the present generation and the upcoming generations to engrave their best achievements. On the list below are the track records of the Faculty of Law UGM since the early days until now.

Faculteit Hoekoem Balai Perguruan Tinggi Gadjah Mada (FH BPTGM)

FH BPTGM was established on 17th of February 1946 in SMT Kota Baru (now SMA 3 Yogyakarta) and inaugurated on 3rd of March 1946 at Gedung Komite Nasional Indonesia Pusat (KNIP — now DIY Regional Representative Council). The name “Gadjah Mada '' was originally iniciated by Mr. Boediarto. The learning activity at FH BPTGM was started since 18th of March 1946 in Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta Keraton Performance Center).

Sekolah Tinggi Hukum Jogjakarta (STHJ)

STHJ was the merger between Faculteit Hoekoem Balai Perguruan Tinggi Gadjah Mada (private school) with Sekolah Tinggi Hukum Negeri at Surakarta (public school) on 7th of December 1949. The two institutions was merged after Sekolah Tinggi Hukum that firstly located in Surakarta, transferred to Jogjakarta. So there were 2 Law schools in Jogjakarta.

Faculteit Hukum Universiteit Negeri Gadjah Mada (FHUNGM)

STHJ changer their name into FH UNGM after the Government No.23 Year 1949 was issued that instructed the merger for all the colleges in Jogjakarta, to become universiteit under the name Universiteit Negeri “Gadjah Mada”. The inagurated of Universiteit Negeri “Gadjah Mada” was held on 19th of December 1949

Fakultit Hukum, Sosial dan Politik Universitit Negeri Gadjah Mada (FHSP UNGM)

FH UNGM that firstly consisted of Legal Skill Academy, Economy and Notary Academy, Politic Study Academy, and Teacher Education of State Administration, Economy, and Sociology Academy transformed into Fakultit Hukum, Sosial, dan Politik (FHSP) of Universitit Negeri Gadjah Mada due to the release of the Government Regulation No. 30 Year 1950 regarding abolition of the Academy Form at Gadjah Mada State University. During that time, FHP UNGM also recorded as having a branch of the Legal Department of the Faculty of Social and Political Law, Surabaya Branch (current Faculty of Law, Airlangga University).

Fakultit Hukum, Ekonomi, Sosial dan Politik Universitit Negeri Gadjah Mada (FHESP UNGM)

On 19th of September 1952, Fakultit Hukum Sosial dan Politik was added to the Economics Section (now known as the Faculty of Economics and Business UGM), so the name changed to the Fakultit Hukum, Ekonomi, Sosial dan Politik (FHESP).

Fakultas Hukum, Ekonomi, Sosial dan Politik Universitas Gadjah Mada (FHESP UGM)

On 11th of July 1955, the name Universitit Negeri Gadjah Mada changed into Universitas Gadjah Mada, along with change of the name of “fakultit” into “fakultas”, including “Fakultit Hukum” into “Fakultas Hukum”

Fakultas Hukum Universitas Gadjah Mada (FH UGM)

On 15th of September 1955, the government instructed to develop the Fakultas HESP UGM into 3 separate faculties; Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economy, and Faculty of Social and Politics. Since then, the independent Faculty of Law UGM has been established for 77 years.
Apart from having several institutional changes, during the journey, Faculty of Law UGM has transmigrated from one place to another, along with the additional construction for the lecturing building and the classrooms as well until today, as follow:

  1. Lecturing activity in Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta
    Lecturing activity in The Royal Palace of Jogjakarta started its first lecture on 13th of March 1946 until 1973 (around 27 years). The lecturing activity for the large classes (reaching more than 1000 students) was held in Siti Hinggil Keraton Yogyakarta with a face-to-face session. The lecturer delivered the lecture using microphone and the blackboard. Meanwhile for the small classes, Faculty of Law UGM used the 2 meter divided room.
  2. Perkuliahan di Bulaksumur Yogyakarta
    Since 1973, lecturing activity at Faculty of Law UGM was transmigrated to the new location in Bulaksumur Yogyakarta, which the land and the building was bought with government funds in order to develop the education quality. During that year, there was only one main building for Faculty of Law UGM, yet the improvement was made by providing a permanent divider with the wall within the room, so then the students can be more focus during the lecture, followed by building another new building that currently known as Gedung I on the next year. Gedung I itself only had one available room at that time. This building was functioning the same as Siti Hinggil Royal Palace for the big classes that has 100-400 students for the maximum capacity. This building also usually used for other ceremonial such as seminar or graduation ceremony. At the year 1976, another building was built on the same location as Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social and Politics, and Faculty of Philosophy that known as Gedung Kuliah Umum (GKU).
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