The Faculty of Law and Administration has its roots in the Administrative Studies Programme that operated within the Higher School of Education in Szczecin, established in 1973. On 12 July 1984 the Sejm (Lower House of Parliament) passed an act on the establishment of the University of Szczecin which accommodated the Institute of Law and Administration.

The Institute of Legal Studies carries out various types of research: descriptive, explanatory, empirical, quantitative and qualitative. The Institute’s staff conduct theoretical, theoretical-practical and practical investigations and place them in a historical and comparative legal context.

The areas of particular interest include constitutional law, administrative law and procedure, environmental law, financial and tax law, criminal law and procedure, civil law and procedure, commercial law, family law, business law, labour law, public international law, European Union law and local government law.