In 2018, it was awarded the First-level Discipline for doctoral degree in journalism and communication.
In 2017, it was selected into “Chongqing First-class Disciplines Construction Universities”.
In 2014, the Human Rights Education and Research Center of SWUPL was included into the elite club of national-level humanities and social sciences research bases.
In October 2012, the Ministry of Education and the Chongqing Municipality entered an agreement on co-sponsored development of SWUPL.
In August 2012, with approval from the Ministry of Education, SWUPL became the first batch of cultivation and education base of outstanding legal talents, with cultivation and education bases of applied and multiple legal professionals, international legal talents as well as western grass-roots legal talents included.
In March 2012, with approval from the Ministry of Education, SWUPL became the pilot college for autonomous enrollment.
In 2011, all postgraduate students were relocated from the Shapingba campus to Yubei campus. Since then, all undergraduate students, master students, and doctoral students of the university have been able to receive their education on the same campus.
In 2008, SWUPL was designated by the Ministry of Education as one of the priority universities in Chongqing.
In 2007, the University was accredited to be "Excellent" in the Undergraduate Education Accreditation by the Ministry of Education.
In 2004, with approval from the National Ministry of Personnel, the first Postdoctoral Mobile Research Station of law was set up in SWUPL.
In 2003, the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council approved SWUPL as one of the first group of colleges and universities with the first level discipline of law to confer doctor's degree.
In 1995, with approval from the former State Education Commission, SWIPL was renamed as the Southwest University of Political Science and Law.
In 1995, the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council determined SWUPL as the first pilot institution qualified to confer the professional Juris Matter's Degrees.
In 1993, with approval from the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, SWIPL was qualified to confer doctor's degree.
In 1979, SWIPL began to enroll LLM postgraduates and national first undergraduates of Criminal Investigation major.
In 1978, SWIPL took the lead in the national colleges and universities of political science and law to open three undergraduate majors： Science of law, Philosophy and the History of International Communist Movement, among which, enrollment of law major accounted for one half of the national total enrollment.
In 1978, the Southwest Institute of Political Science and Law was approved by the State Council as a key national university, which was the only one among all colleges and universities under the administration of the Ministry of Justice.