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College of Law Admission Requirements

College of Law Admission Requirements

Admission & Application Requirements

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 (LL.B.) 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 minimum 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 minimum 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 for more details on the language proficiency requirement and the process to seek exemption, when applicable.


The completed online application form can be accessed here.  

Please note that this application is for admissions only, information on how to apply for funding (where this is an option) is provided to students who have been admitted to the program. 
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit all required documents at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Academic transcripts

Official electronic copies of transcripts should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcript 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.

Standardized test results

Official copies of standardized test results (where required) must be sent directly to HBKU. Please refer to the institutional codes below:

  • TOEFL: 4981
  • IELTS: No code required. Students should ask the IELTS center where they tested to send the IELTS TRF to Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application.

Letters of recommendation

Applicants should submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an academic referee. Applicants will find the link to the recommendation form in the online admission application.

Personal statement of interest

The personal statement should introduce the applicant to the Admissions Committee. Topics that may be discussed include, among others, 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. It should be at least 300 words and not exceed 500 words. Personal statements which are incomplete or below the minimum word count will not be accepted.

Research Proposal

LL.M. applicants are required to submit a research proposal (1,000 words) that illustrates their readiness to explore a particular research question, along with their application.

SJD applicants are required to submit a research proposal for the dissertation that illustrates their readiness to explore a particular research question in depth, in the areas covered in the SJD program. The research proposal, which should not exceed 1,000 words, should describe a dissertation that can reasonably be completed during the duration of the program. The Admissions Committee considers the following: 

  • Does the proposal describe a dissertation that will make an analytical contribution to legal scholarship? 
  • Is the applicant qualified to complete this and do so in a way that will result in a publishable dissertation? 
  • Is an HBKU Law faculty member available to supervise in the subject area?  

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application. This should include the following information:

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Professional Experience
  • Publications
  • Research Projects
  • Academic Awards or Honors
  • Conference Presentations

Identification Document

All applicants should 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.

Student Funding

Partial tuition waivers are provided for the JD and SJD programs on a competitive basis. Further information about how to apply for partial tuition waivers will be provided to applicants who are admitted into the program.

No tuition waivers or other forms of financial support are provided for the LL.M. programs.


Admission inquiries

  • Please do not submit any additional application materials that are not on the list of required items. Any additional materials received will be automatically discarded.
  • HBKU cannot return documents to the applicant once they are submitted.
  • All documents submitted through the online application must be in PDF format. Any documents submitted in a different format will not be accepted.
  • Application deadline for international applicants: February 1, 2022
  • Application deadline for nationals and residents of Qatar: March 15, 2022 
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