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College of Law

College of Law

About College of Law


The College of Law was established in 2014. In this short period of time, the College has been able to generate tremendous interest in the Master of Laws (LLM) program and attract a good number of students.

Since Dubai is a hub for investments and services, our present programs have been designed to cater specifically to this market. The University of Dubai recognized that there is a shortage of local manpower, well-versed in settling disputes arising from these investments and the illegal activities that could arise as a result of these investments, hence the University taken up the task of creating this manpower. Thus, the College offers two LLMs delivered in English, one focused (track) on Arbitration and Dispute Resolution and the other on Financial Crimes and Money Laundering. The two tracks can be combined so that a student will have the option to earn an LLM with dual concentrations.

The Arbitration track focusses on providing a student with both the theoretical knowledge and the latest developments on settling disputes arising from investments using arbitration. Whereas, the Financial Crime track focusses on the practices and theoretical understanding about corruption, money laundering and bribery. Moreover, the students are also given a firm grounding in the other complementary laws required to give them rounded knowledge in the application of laws generally. In all our efforts to expand and deliver on our goal to provide Dubai with the required manpower, we have been fully supported and guided by the members of our college advisory board. This board is composed of some of the best legal minds who care about the quality of legal education in Dubai. Hence it is based on their advice that we are formulating the courses to be offered for the LLM. Additionally, I should also mention the stellar role played by our visionary President Dr. Essa Al Bastaki in providing us the leadership.

All programs offered in the College of Law are accredited by the UAE’s Ministry of Education.

*Declaration: The LLM degree is a non-professional qualification.

College Vision

To be the leading legal educational institution in the UAE.

College Mission

The College vision is accomplished by:

  • Be a leading English language grade legal education institution in the UAE, offering a range of subject specialty LLM degree that prepare graduates for increased responsibility in the organizations.
  • Offer advanced legal training, with instruction in English language.
  • Prepare citizens and residents of the UAE for greater leadership roles in specialized law, expanding the influence of UAE in the global economy.
  • Educate legal professionals using a variety of teaching methods including theory and application of skills.
  • Strengthen student and faculty collaboration between COL and society for lifelong, self-directed learning through research and consultancy, management and professional development services as dictated by the dynamic business environment.

Message from the Director

Dear Students,

Greetings from University of Dubai (UD) College of Law (COL)!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the College of Law, University of Dubai. Keeping to the vision of the University to be a world-class institution in education, research and innovation for the betterment and prosperity of the people in the region, I am happy to announce the shifting of the College of Law to the state-of-the-art building in the vibrant and dynamic Academic City, Dubai.

Presently, our courses help to create the necessary legal acumen to support the commercial growth envisioned for Dubai. Undoubtedly, a successful completion of the LLM program can offer students with better career prospects. Pursuing this vision, the College plans to add innovative and industry focused courses in the coming years. Further, we have revamped our teaching staff with research potential and industry experience.

Thus, I welcome you all to the College of Law, University of Dubai and wish you a successful study program.

With warm regards,
Dr. Mohammad Rababa
Program Director
College of Law



Graduate Career Opportunities

The Master of Laws (LLM) in Financial Crimes and Money Laundering is a unique opportunity for all interested in the prevention of financial crimes. The course is tailored to meet the larger needs of a compliance community; so it has something both for a professional and a researcher. Apart from imparting the basic practices of Anti-Bribery and Anti-Money Laundering efforts, the course exposes the students to the limitations of the fight against financial crimes. Such a holistic approach is required for any person working in compliance to better understand their role. Thus, this course could not only open up new employment avenues, it also leads to staff retentions and higher satisfaction.

The Master of Laws (LLM) in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a specialized masters degree program designed for UAE and Non-UAE trained lawyers with interests in amicable dispute settlement systems at both domestic and international context. Non Lawyers who aspire to acquire knowledge and skill in becoming negotiators, arbitrators, expert determiners and professional mediators are accepted in to the program. Community leaders, entrepreneurs, government advisers, Law enforcement agents, who aspire to provide a leading role in their respective organizations will find the program tremendously useful and important. The program is designed to help students understand the complex nature of disputes in general across public and private law dichotomy at both domestic and international levels. The program trains students to acquire the toolkit necessary to comprehend and solve complex economic and non-economic disputes at both global and domestic legal environments. The program is suitable for those who aspire to work in various government departments, private law firms, law enforcement agencies, Human Resource Departments, Private Consultants, Court or Arbitration experts, etc.