About the College of Law | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

About the College of Law

The College of Law (CL) is a world-class provider of legal education with an international reputation for quality and innovation in teaching and research.

Owing to its position at a global crossroads in terms of culture, business and geopolitics, Qatar is at the heart of a region that requires leaders who can manage multi-faceted relationships that span different legal systems and who have a command of a wide range of skills. CL addresses this need by offering training to graduate students from a range of disciplines in the skills needed to understand the diverse legal systems – civil, common, and Sharia – that inform Qatari law and that govern complex events and transactions, both in the region and throughout the globe. The CL Juris Doctor (JD) program is the first graduate law degree program of its kind in the MENA region.

CL has further developed co-curricular programs to increase the visibility of the college to government and corporate leaders, both locally and globally, in order to foster the growth and connectedness of the college as well as provide broad opportunities for students and future graduates. CL students have wide career prospects in Qatar and globally in the public sector, private industry, multinational organizations and academia. The college encourages its students to participate in internship programs with the aim of gaining industry experience and building professional networks.

Susan L. Karamanian


Dr. Susan L. Karamanian

Let me be the first to extend to you a warm welcome to the HBKU College of Law. I am honored to serve as the Dean of one of the most outstanding law schools in the Middle East, which was founded in 2015 under a strategic partnership between HBKU and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.  Although we are a new school, we are full of energy and vision. 

What distinguishes HBKU’s College of Law?  First, our faculty members, with degrees from universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Yale, produce a steady volume of highly regarded academic scholarship that addresses contemporary problems.  They teach law using an innovative, comparative approach, relying on three major legal disciplines-common law, civil law, and Sharia as the backdrop. Second, we are fortunate to have a sophisticated student body, all with previous university degrees, who work seamlessly in English and challenge us in the classroom as they are taught to question and leave no stone unturned. 

In pursuit of excellence, the college extends learning beyond the rigors of the classroom. We host regular conferences and colloquium. Our students participate in internships and moot court competitions.  We put a premium on building relationships, which help our students develop as leaders. Through strategic partnerships, our students meet leading lawyers and academics while honing their interpersonal skills.

We expect a lot from members of our community as we stand prepared to help Qatar, the Middle East, and the world address the significant challenges that are before us.  We look forward to having you join us on this journey.  

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