In 1398, Sungkunkwan Royal Academy opened upon imperial decree in Seoul for scholar-officials to study the Confucian Classics. Home to leading Confucian philosophers and scholars of the Joseon Dynasty, Sungkyunkwan represents a unique role in the history of Korean education and philosophy. Sungkyunkwan University maintains an official historical site, including the Myeongnyundang lecture hall, state examination hall, library, and dormitories.
In 1895, Sungkyunkwan converted to a modern four-year university, and re-opened as a private university after Korean Independence in 1948. The College of Law and Political Science was established in 1953, separating respectively into the College of Law and the Social Sciences College in 1982.
Sungkyunkwan Law School was established in 2009. The Law School admits 120 law students per year through a highly competitive admissions process. Prospective students must submit an application consisting of scores from the Legal Education Eligibility Test (LEET), academic transcripts, and personal essays. The application deadline is in October of each year. Applicants passing the first stage of acceptance are called for personal interviews conducted by faculty members and outside auditors, and final offers of acceptance are made in December. Each semester lasts 16 weeks with the first semester starting in March and the second semester in September.
Located on the northern side of the Seoul campus, the Law School is equipped with modern amenities, including classrooms with wireless technology, a moot court hall, law library, study rooms, and computer labs. Situated against Mt. Bugak, the Law School overlooks the secret garden of Changdeok Palace, is close to many hiking trails, and provides a panoramic view of the city.