Programs CL - Juris Doctor | Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Admission for the Juris Doctor for the 2019-2020 academic year is now closed. For information about applying for the 2020-2021 academic year, please continue to monitor this site as we will post information in a few months.

A three-year legal education graduate program

Hamad Bin Khalifa University


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 Pritzker School of Law. 
  • 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's curriculum is comparable with the best of those offered internationally and equips its graduates with a high level of legal knowledge, thereby enabling them to make the most of a wide range of career options in the public and private sectors, multinational institutions, and in academia.

Program Focus

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? The program also examines the similarities and differences between the systems.

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 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 and themes that are vital to the future ambitions of Qatar and the region, such as energy, health care, infrastructure development, finance and global investment, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, human rights, 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.

  • The possibility of an internship opportunity

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