Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4).
LL.M. in International Economic and Business Law:
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree or Juris Doctor (JD) degree from a recognized university with a minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4), with a preference given to candidates with at least a 3.3 GPA (out of 4).
LL.M. in International Law and Foreign Affairs:
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4) in any of the following areas: Law, International Relations, Political Science, History, Economics, Business and Finance, Sociology or Anthropology. A strong preference is given to candidates with at least a 3.3 GPA (out of 4) in Law, International Relations, Political Science, or Economics.
JD or LL.M. degree preferably from HBKU’s College of Law. Exceptional candidates from other universities may also be considered. Candidates with an LL.B. degree from a recognized university require the LL.M. degree, again preferably from the College of Law, or in exceptional cases from a recognized university. Candidates should have at least a 3.0 GPA (out of 4) in their previous law degree with a strong preference for candidates with a 3.3 GPA (out of 4).
English Language Requirements:
Unless exempt, all applicants for any degree program are required to submit a valid IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 79. Please visit admissions.hbku.edu.qa for more details on the language proficiency requirement and the process to seek exemption, when applicable.
A completed online application form admissions.hbku.edu.qa.
Official electronic copies of transcripts should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts and graduation statements are required for all previous university studies. All transcripts submitted should include an explanation of the grading system. For those who have not completed their current studies, transcripts must include results from the last completed semester of coursework. Transcripts in languages other than English or Arabic must be accompanied with an official translation. Applicants who are admitted to the program based on copies of or incomplete transcripts will be required to provide original transcripts upon enrollment in order to register for courses.
Official copies (where required) must be sent directly to HBKU. Please refer to the institutional codes below:
Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application.
Applicants should submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an academic referee.
The personal statement should introduce the applicant to the Admissions Committee. Topics that may be discussed include personal or professional goals and personal, academic, or career history.
The Committee looks beyond test scores and grade point averages in making selection decisions. The personal statement gives the Committee a means to consider a variety of factors in assessing applicants.
Along with their application, LL.M. and S.J.D. applicants are required to submit a research proposal (1,000 words) that illustrates their readiness to explore a particular research question.
Applicants are required to submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application.
Applicants are required to submit an electronic copy of their passport as part of the online application. Nationals and residents of Qatar should also submit their valid Qatari ID.
The College of Law provides a limited number of tuition waivers on a competitive basis.