It was founded in 1947 by several prominent justices and lawyers who saw the need for a quality educational institution catering to the less privileged. Among these visionaries were: Leoncio B. Monzon, Lorenzo M. Tañada, Arsenio P. Dizon, Carmelino G. Alvendia, J. B. L. Reyes, Manuel O. Chan, and Anselmo S. Claudio.
They were inspired by the following words of the great Manuel Luis Quezon, former President of the Philippine Commonwealth:
"I believe that education is the right of all citizens. An educated people is needed to insure the upliftment of the masses and the creation of wealth for all."