Vaikunta Baliga College of Law being one of the oldest law colleges in Karnataka State has carved its own niche in the field of legal education. Vaikunta Baliga College of Law, earlier known as Udupi Law College was established in the year 1957 and is named after the Late Sri.B.Vaikunta Baliga, a legal luminary and the then Minister of Law, Government of Mysore. The college is one among the 42 reputed educational institutions run by the Dr.T.M.A.Pai Foundation, Manipal.
It was founded by late Dr.T.M.A.Pai, who is remembered as a pioneer in the field of Education, Banking and Industry. In the initial years, the college was functioning in the heart of Udupi town, in close vicinity of the court complex. Later, to cope with the growing students’ strength and accommodation demands of the students, the college was shifted to a more spacious premises. The foundation stone for the new building in the new campus at Kunjibettu was laid by Hon'ble Mr. Justice V.S.Malimath, the then Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court and the building in the new campus. It was inaugurated on 29th August 1987 by Hon'ble Mr. Justice R.S.Pathak, the then Chief Justice of India. Guided by its motto ‘Satyameva Jayathe Nanrutham’ which means Truth and Righteousness will always triumph, and not the untruth, the college imparts legal education with a mission to transform a student into a truthful righteous human being. So the college has carved a niche for itself by rendering yeoman service in the sphere of legal education.
Law graduates who have left its portals have adorned coveted positions in the bench, bar, and government and corporate sectors are now occupying high positions in public life as Judges, Lawyers, and Bank Executives etc. The College provides comprehensive and enlightened training, and prepares graduates for law practice, for public service at the local, State, and International levels, and for legal scholarship. The excellent coaching and the disciplined atmosphere of the college have been attracting a large number of students from different parts of Karnataka, different states of our country and abroad.
The college is permanently affiliated to Karnataka State Law University, a renowned university of higher learning located in Navanagar, Hubli and is recognized by the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi. The motto of our college is to provide not merely academic excellence but also to nurture versatile personality among our students.
The college aspires to be one among the best colleges in the State through a series of strategically crafted moves, precisely calibrated action plans and an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence.