The college started operation at Sabon Gida primary school, Ringim which has become its permanent site. It started with three Academic Departments, namely, Shari’ah, Law and Languages. The college was one of the four colleges under the then Jigawa State Polytechnic (later called Hussaini Adamu Polytechnic), which comprised College of Engineering and Technology Kazaure, College of Business and Management Studies, Dutse, College of Agriculture Hadejia and College of Islamic and Legal Studies, Ringim, with the central Administration sited at Kazaure.
The college became autonomous institution, when the law No.04 of 2005 was enacted. Before the autonomy the college was headed by a Director.