Juris Doctor | Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Now accepting applications for Fall 2023. Please visit hbku.edu.qa/en/admissions for further information.

A three-year legal education graduate program

 

The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a unique model of graduate legal education designed to meet the needs of Qatar and the Middle East. The JD is the first-of-its-kind graduate law degree in the MENA region; courses are taught in English, so that graduates are prepared to work in the international legal market.

A JD targets individuals who already hold an undergraduate degree, which can be in any subject, including law. The JD education builds on the student’s previous experience. JD students may pursue expertise in law that is aligned with their previous degree or move in a completely different direction.

The College of Law’s JD curriculum is consistent with the best offered internationally. The program was created through a strategic partnership with Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. The JD equips graduates with a high level of legal knowledge and complementary research, writing, and advocacy skills. The focus on skills training enables college graduates to make the most of a wide range of career options in the government, private corporations, law firms, international organizations, and academia.

A JD graduate was recently licensed to practice law in New York after completing the LL.M. degree at a US law school, and other graduates are pursuing licensing in Qatar and Canada, subject to the requirements of those jurisdictions. Graduates are typically qualified to undertake further legal studies in the United States and other countries in Europe.

In short, our JD graduates rise to the top as they combine previous university education and training with three years of rigorous, interdisciplinary legal education.

 


Graduates of this program will be equipped to: 

 

  • Exhibit comprehensive knowledge of the common, civil, and Shari’a legal traditions and how they apply to the practice of law within public, international, and private sectors.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of substantive and procedural issues of certain domestic systems and the international system. 
  • Make use of legal doctrine to conduct comparative analysis of multiple systems and formulate reasoned analysis of contemporary legal issues. 
  • Test research abilities to shape new policy in a comparative and international legal context.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and superior knowledge of professional responsibility issues and can decisively identify the appropriate course of action in a given situation.

Program Focus

  • The first year and a half (Part I) focuses on foundations for lawyering, while the second year and a half (Part II) applies and elaborates on the legal principles from Part I to major sectors that are vital to Qatar and the region.  
  • The courses in Part I, foundations for lawyering, develop a student's understanding of legal doctrine in key subjects. They also develop analytical and reasoning skills so that the student can articulate the relevant principles and apply them to real world problems. Taught from a comparative perspective, the courses in Part I examine the different legal systems that converge in global legal practice with a focus on identifying common themes and points of departure. Part I also trains students how to navigate systems, depending on the exigencies of the transnational transactions they will be required to manage during their professional careers.
  • During Part II, students apply and further develop their foundational skills to sectors that are vital to Qatar and the region. These areas include Construction, Courts, Energy, Environment, Finance, Healthcare, Infrastructure, International Investment and Trade, Media, Sports, and Technology (including Intellectual Property).
  • Accompanying a dynamic curriculum is an extensive offering of co-curricular activities, such as colloquia and Majlis, at which leading experts provide insights on contemporary legal topics.  Student moot court competitions, in which students argue a simulated case before a court or arbitral tribunal, provide an important avenue for skills development. Through moot courts, students experience drafting memorials and engaging in oral argument. The College of Law has fielded teams in top international competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, and the Europa Competition. In 2019, the College of Law hosted its first international moot, the Cybersecurity Moot Competition, featuring ten teams from around the world.        

 

Curriculum:


  • Year 1, Semester 1 (Fall 2023)

    Code Course Credits
    Code: LAW 601 Course: Law and Global Legal Systems Credits: 2
    Code: LAW 652 Course: Injury Law/Torts Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 651 Course: Contract Law Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 650 Course: Property Law Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 667 Course: Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research I Credits: 2

    Total Credits

     

    16

  • Year 1, Semester 2 (Spring 2024)

    Code Course Credits
    Code: LAW 653 Course: Constitutional Law Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 654 Course: International Law Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 655 Course: Business Associations Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 668 Course: Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research II Credits: 2
    Total Credits   14
  • Year 2, Semester 1 (Fall 2023)

    Code Course Credits
    Code: LAW 655 Course: Administrative Law Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 659 Course: Commercial Law Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 666 Course: Criminal Law and Procedure Credits: 4
    Code: LAW 669 Course: Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research III Credits: 2
    Total Credits   14

     

  • Year 2, Semester 2 (Spring 2024)

    Code Course Credits
    Code: LAW 658 Course: Civil Procedure Credits: 2
    Code: LAW 678 Course: Dispute Resolution (Negotiation and Trial Advocacy) Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 675 Course: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Credits: 2
    Code: LAW 676 Course: Introduction to the Legal Foundations of the Global Economy (International Business Transactions, International Investment Law, and International Taxation) Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 679 Course: Entrepreneurship Law Credits: 4
    Total Credits

     

    14
  • Year 3, Semester 1 (Fall 2023)

    Code Course Credits
    Code: LAW 752 Course: Construction and Infrastructure Development Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 750 Course: Energy Law Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 753 Course: Healthcare Law Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 760/765 Course: Sports Law, or Media and Cultural Law Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 763 Course: Law, Technology and Intellectual Property I Credits: 2
    Total Credits   14

     

  • Year 3, Semester 2 (Spring 2024)

    Code Course Credits
    Code: LAW 756 Course: Advanced Dispute Resolution Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 751 Course: Global Economic Law and Governance Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 754 Course: Advanced Human Rights Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 757 Course: Environmental Law Credits: 3
    Code: LAW 764 Course: Law, Technology and Intellectual Property II Credits: 1
    Total Credits   13