The College of Law (COL) consists of three departments; the Department of Private Law, the Department of Public Law, and the Department of Sharia and Islamic Studies. The College currently offers a Bachelor in Law at an undergraduate level and two Master programs: LLM in Public Law and LLM in Private Law.
It also offers a distinguished study plan that responds to the needs of the UAE community and aims at developing its human resources. The language of instruction is Arabic with a number of courses being taught in English.
All programs offered at the College of Law are recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, however the College is working towards achieving international accreditation also.
The College of Law has two computer labs and two educational court rooms (Moot Courts), which are fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology and video conferencing facilities. The COL is a world-class, student-centered institution that develops, delivers and continually improves its programs to maintain international standards. Our Law graduates are employed in key leadership positions in government and industry institutions serving the needs of the nation.
The College also provides many legal consultancies and services to both corporate and individuals all over the UAE. The service is provided through specialized law professors who have remarkable experience in all legal fields. The COL is currently in the process of establishing a Legal Clinic that will be dedicated to offering free legal consultancy services for the UAE community regarding actual cases and legal issues.
The College of Law works diligently to enhance its programs and extra-curricular activities to ensure students receive the highest standards of quality education. Our innovative curricula are designed to meet the needs of today’s marketplace and to prepare students to pursue promising graduate studies.
Also, the college has assigned a great deal of importance to developing the professional skills aspect of our graduates by expanding access to practical applications. For instance, legal internships at international law firms constitute a unique experience to hone the skills of law students. To this end, the College of Law has signed several memoranda of understanding with American, British, and Canadian law firms.
In addition to the Bachelor degree in Law, the college introduced three Masters programs and is currently working on other specialized degrees with a focus towards a doctoral program.
Our distinguished faculty is composed of active scholars who are renowned nationally and internationally for their academic excellence and contribution of knowledge to advancing society and solving problems in areas of critical importance. But just as important, they are also enthusiastic teachers who are student-centered and, as mentors, enjoy providing friendly, personal guidance to our students.
Moreover, the College of Law regularly participates in international competitions such as the Philip Jessup International Law Moot Court in Washington, DC, the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court in Oxford, UK, and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in Vienna, Austria. The law students compete against other law schools at an international level.
In addition, the College contributes to the community service by holding an annual international conference and several seminars and workshops where prominent speakers and leading experts participate and share their expertise.
That being said, The College of Law promises to continue to make every effort to be at the vanguard of law schools in service to its students and the community, and to become the leading professional College in the region with influential academic and research programs.
Prof. Mohammed Hassan Ali Mohammed,
Dean, College of Law
To prepare distinctive legal cadres, scientifically and practically, to be equipped with the skills and values necessary for the exercise of the legal profession, by ensuring an interactive learning environment that combines theoretical and practical aspects, and effectively contribute through scientific research to the development of legal studies, and to provide excellence in legal services to individuals and institutions of the society.
In 2006, the College of Law started an accreditation process of international recognition. An international advisory board was created to advise the College on the actions to be taken to demonstrate that the College satisfied ABA standards for academic excellence. The board visited the College and prepared three reports containing its evaluation and recommendations with regards to the Accreditation status of the College.
As part of the ABA accreditation process, the College of Law has engaged in a self-study during the last three years. An accreditation committee composed of Dean, Vice Dean, Head of Departments, some faculty and the accreditation advisor meet weekly to investigate all aspects of the advisory board reports and all aspects concerning the College of Law functions.
The College of Law, based on the advisory board reports, has taken many steps towards elaborating on the legal education process within the College and aims to achieve international accreditation in the near future. Currently all programs offered at the College of Law are recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
FacilitiesThe College of Law has two computer labs and two educational court rooms (Moot Courts), which are fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology and video conferencing facilities.
The COL has thirty-three (33) partners in the UAE that include: Ministry of Justice, Department of Judicial Affairs, Dubai Courts, Dubai Judicial Institute, Institute for Training and Judicial Studies in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Emirates center for Research and Strategic Studies, Civil Aviation Authority, Mubadala, Securities & Commodities Authority, and more than 20 international law firms based in the UAE.
International partnerships include: Islamic Bank for Development (KSA), Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, University of Pittsburg (USA), CLDP Commercial Law Development Program in the US Department of Commerce, International Committee for Red Cross (International Humanitarian law), World Justice Project, The Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, International Association for Law Schools (IALS), American Association for Law Schools (AALS), and the Coalition for International Criminal Court.
Giving Back to the Community
The College of Law (COL) provides many legal consultations and services to both institutions and individuals all over the UAE. These service are provided by specialized law professors who have remarkable experience in all legal fields.
Legal consultations and services offered by the COL include:
- Contributing to drafting, reviewing, editing and evaluating laws, regulations and bylaws at both federal and domestic levels.
- Providing legal consultations on all legal issues.
- Reviewing the contracts of public and private departments and corporates to ensure their compliance with laws and regulations, their effectiveness and usefulness for stakeholders.
- Providing assistance to public and private departments on their legal conflicts and suggesting the best legal solutions to them which include negotiations, alternative dispute resolution means, and litigation procedures.
- Reviewing legal translations of laws, agreements and contracts.
- Preparing all kinds of lawsuits, defenses, requests and orders for the UAEU.
- Preparing defense memorandums in civil, criminal and administrative cases for the UAEU.
- Formulating, checking, editing, revising and translating civil and commercial contracts and conciliation documents.
- Contributing to reviewing and revising the UAEU policies and bylaws.
- Offering legal consultations for all units and departments within the UAEU.
The College of Law has established and launched its legal clinic, which is currently providing consultancy and legal services to the community of the UAE with regard to legal issues and real cases. These services are provided by the College of Law’s faculty members and students.
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