Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program delivers a unique model of graduate legal education to meet the needs of Qatar and the region.
- The JD is the first-of-its-kind graduate law degree in the MENA region and has been created through a strategic partnership with Northwestern University School of Law. It is the standard first professional graduate law degree in the U.S. as well as an increasing number of other countries.
- A JD differs from an undergraduate law degree in that it targets individuals who already hold an undergraduate degree, which can be in any subject (including law).
- The JD is comparable with the best of those offered internationally and equips its graduates with a high level of legal knowledge and the skills that go with such knowledge, thereby enabling them to make the most of a wide range of career options in the public sector, multinational institutions, and in academia.
- An in-depth look at the conceptual theory of law: why are laws made and how have the different legal systems around the law developed? How do different systems differ and where are the similarities?
- Students will be given a comprehensive education in the function of law, whether in Qatar, the region or internationally.
- There will be considerable focus on the application of the law, ensuring that practical skills are developed, in addition to a theoretical understanding of legal issues and concepts.
- General courses focusing on the foundational principles needed to successfully practice law in the multiple convergent legal systems of the MENA region.
- Targeted courses will cover sectors that are vital to the future ambitions of Qatar and the region, such as energy, healthcare, infrastructure development, finance and global investment, and cultural endowment and media.
- Professional skills training – focusing on such skills as contract drafting, trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, negotiation techniques, and presentation training.
- An internship opportunity
Admission & Application Requirements
Applicants seeking admission to the JD program of the HBKU Law School should have an undergraduate degree in any major from a recognized institution. They must also have a strong undergraduate academic record.
Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempted from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
- The applicant completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language
- The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt)
- The applicants’ first language is English
Applicants are highly encouraged to take any of the following standardized tests: LSAT, GRE or GMAT. Please note that these are not required and an application will be considered complete without them.