The Department of Law was established in the year 1973 with the continuous efforts of Prof. A. A. Wani and Prof. Riyaz Punjabi. The Department started functioning in the Gandhi Bhawan with Prof. M.R. Zaffer as its first Head. Subsequently, it was shifted to wooden barracks at Naseem Bagh. The Department, initially came into existence with scanty meagre resources in terms of the faculty and infrastructure, but with the passage of time, it made a significant progress in the academic domain as well as in other aspects. The Department started its Masters Programme (LL.M.) in the year 1982 and B.A.LL.B. (5 year) integrated course in the year 2007. The Department also offers 1 year PG Diploma in Human Rights and Duties Education.

The courses run by the Department are in great demand in the society, as a result of which some private law colleges have also emerged in the Valley. In response to this demand, the Department also started second shift of the LL.B. 3-year course. The faculty has progressed and grown into a prestigious Institute of legal study and research in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. It is the largest Department in terms of students intake in the University. The Department, at present, has a building comprising of nine class rooms and eighteen chambers for the faculty besides offices of the Head/Dean. The building has been extended to accommodate Library, Moot Court, examination Hall and a Conference Room. The Department has a rich library with modern facilities.

The course curriculum is in line with CDC report and satisfies the requirements of the Bar Council of India. It has a well equipped computer laboratory with Internet facility. All the members of the faculty have computers with Internet facility. The Department is publishing annually Kashmir University Law Review which is a refereed journal, indexed by the Indian Law Institute and carries ISSN 0975-6639.