Master of Laws (LLM)

The College of Laws offers an LLM with two double majors and also gives students the option to earn an LLM with dual concentrations by combining any two majors.

LLM Majors


  • CAA, Ministry of Education (MOE) – UAE The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is the Federal Government's Quality Assurance Agency charged with promoting educational excellence across diverse institutions of higher learning in the UAE. Through licensure of post-secondary educational institutions, and accreditation of individual programs, the Commission strives to assure high quality education, consistent with international standards.

Why LLM at University of Dubai?

  1. The UD LLM has been designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in both legal and non-legal organizations. The program will enhance critical thinking, increase oral and written communication skills as well as English language skills, improve decision-making in a rapidly-changing global environment, and reinforce the application of knowledge and skills in the area of problem-solving.
  2. The LLM program can be completed in 12 months.
  3. The instructional process will include a combination of classroom and moot court and contextualized real-world case-based learning to provide value-added hands-on experience and help students use their time effectively. The online learning portion of the curriculum will be enhanced using the MOODLE platform.
  4. The LLM has two unique concentrations in order to meet the need for professionals in these areas. Moreover, the program has been designed to permit the admission of students with any undergraduate degree from an accredited university who meet the necessary criteria.
  5. The UD LLM curriculum is of high quality and is integrated with an emphasis on applied learning.
  6. The LLM is delivered by well-qualified, practicing faculty members

Program Duration/Attendance

  • Our LLM Program consists of 11 courses:
    • 6 Core Courses
    • 4 Major
    • 1 Thesis
  • Student may complete the program within 12 months during 3 terms
  • Each term is 15 weeks long
  • Courses are attended 2-4 times a week for 3 hours each
  • Courses are offered in the afternoons & evenings

Tuition Fee & Other Fees for Academic Year 2017-18

Item 2017-18
A.1 MBA Program Tuition Fee ( Per 3 CH Course) Local Students (AED) International Students (USD)
  Regular Students 9,100 -
  Visiting (Short Term) 11,600 3,200
  Pre-MBA 6,000 -
A.2 LLM Program Tuition Fee (per 3 CH Course)
  Regular Students 9,280 -
  Visiting (Short Term) 13,000 4,000
  Pre-LLM 5,000 -
A.3 PhD (NEW) (discount is not applicable)    
  Regular Students 16,500 -
  Visiting (Short Term) 18,700 5,100
A.4 Study Abroad Program (per 3 CH Course) 11,600 3,200
B. Miscellaneous Fees (Non refundable) (AED) (USD)
B.1 Application fee (MBA/LLM) 500 250
B.2 Admission and Registration Fees (includes Student ID card) 1,100 400
B.3 Application fee (PhD) 3,000 850
B.4 English Placement Test 300 -
B.5 Late Registration (Per Course) - except for PhD Program 500  
B.6 Late Registration (Internship) - except for PhD Program 500  
B.7 Challenge exam per course in Pre-MBA/Pre-LLM 2,000 See Notes
B.8 Replacement of a lost ID 100
B.9 Each Post Dated Check (Max 3 in each Term) 200
B.10 Returned check (maximum 2 chances) 750
B.11 Postponement of post-dated cheque 250
C. Miscellaneous Course Related Fees (Non refundable) (AED) (USD)
C.1 Application for Incomplete Final Exam 1,000 See Note 1
C.2 Application for Reviewing Final Exam Sheet 500
C.3 Issuance of Degree Certificate Fee (with MOE attestation) 350 220
C.4 Re-issuance of Degree Certificate 1,000 300
C.5 Attestation of True Copy Certificate 100  
C.6 Graduation Fee* 2,500 See Notes
C.7 Technology Fee (once only at the time of enrollment) 700
The university reserves the right to increase tuition fees up to 10% per academic year when deemed necessary.
Given fees are net of all discounts.
10% additional discounts is applicable only on MBA tuition fee exclusively for UD Alumni.

  • Miscellaneous fees (in AED) are applicable to International Students as well.
  • Revised fees are applicable to all new students registered in 2017-2018 onwards.
  • VAT is not included in the above given prices.
  • VAT will be added to the fees once it is implemented in UAE.
  • * Graduation fee is subject to change.

Admission Criteria

A. Regular Admission Criteria

  • Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in a discipline appropriate for the LLM degree. A Higher Diploma is not equivalent to a baccalaureate degree and does not qualify an applicant for admission to the LLM program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent.
  • A minimum score in TOEFL (PBT 550 or iBT 79) or IELTS (Overall 6) or EmSAT (1400) obtained over the previous two years. Students who have provided the required English scores during their Bachelor’s degree studies do not need to provide additional English scores.

B. Conditional Admission Criteria

  • A student with a recognized baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA average of a minimum 2.25 up to 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, and who meets the English language competency requirements for regular admission as stated in “Part A” above, may be admitted conditionally to the LLM program. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
    • He/she may take no more than six credit hours during the first term of study
    • He/she must achieve an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the LLM program.
  • Students with minimum of 3 years work experience and CGPA of 2.0 to 2.24 might also be accepted.

C. Requirements for Non-Law Applicants

A student who holds a non-Law degree with a cumulative GPA average of a minimum 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will have to undertake Pre-LLM examinations as shown in the Table before being considered for formal admission to the LLM program.
Table 3: Pre-LLM Foundation Courses (for LLM applicants)

Course Code & Number Course Title
PLLM 500 Criminal Law
PLLM 510 Criminal Procedures
PLLM 520 Civil Law
PLLM 530 Civil Procedures
PLLM 540 Commercial Law
  Total (5 Courses)

Admission Requirement

An applicant must provide the following documents for admission:

  1. Original Bachelor's degree certificate or certified equivalent approved by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).
  2. Valid passport copy
  3. Four recent passport-size photographs (colored with white background) or in JPEG file format
  4. TOEFL/IELTS/EmSAT or equivalent certificate in original as stated under Admission Criteria.
  5. Pay non-refundable AED 1,800 for the enrollment fee (Admission/ID Card/Technology Fee).

Transfer students must also submit original transcripts from the university/college they are transferring from. In addition, transfer students must submit the course syllabus and course description for each course they seek to transfer for credit. Transfer students into a Master’s Program must have received at least a “B” or equivalent for any course they wish to transfer. Students will be informed of the course(s) eligible for transfer within 48 hours by the Graduate Programs Office.

Admission Guidelines for Transfer Students

UD approves, in principle, the admission of applicants transferring from other institutions of higher education. Such candidates are eligible for admission subject to the following conditions:

  1. The institution they are transferring from is recognized by the UAE MOHESR and uses the credit-hour system.
  2. Applicants transferring from other institutions must have earned a GPA of not less than 3.00 and may only be given transfer credit for courses which are equivalent to those offered by UD and in which they have received a minimum grade of B (equivalent to a GPA of 3.0 or 83-86%).
  3. If the transfer student has an academic warning (i.e., GPA is less than 3.0), he/she will be considered for conditional admission as a new student and not as a transfer student.
  4. Prior to their admission, transfer students will be informed in writing of transfer courses approved by the Dean of the College. The transfer courses will be accepted upon receipt of official transcripts.
  5. Transfer credits are entered on the student’s transcript and the student’s academic plan with a grade of “TC”. The transferred courses appear as credit hours (and are counted toward the degree) but no grade points are assigned; thus, they are not used in computing the student’s GPA.
  6. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer must not exceed 50% of the total number of hours required for graduation (i.e. 18 credit hours).
  7. Transferred courses must match at least 80% of the course content of UD courses.
  8. No credits will be granted twice for similar courses taken at different universities.

Admission Guidelines for Visiting Students/Auditors

A. Visiting Students

  1. Students must have passed all prerequisites for required subjects (original transcripts from the university in which the student is currently studying are to be provided).
  2. Students must provide a copy of their passport and four recent photos (JPEG format file).
  3. Students must fully adhere to UD regulations and rules, including attendance.
  4. Visiting students are not allowed to register for more than 18 credit hours and are only allowed to register for a total of two consecutive terms.
  5. A visiting student can be accepted as a regular student, provided he/she has complied with all UD admission requirements.
  6. A visiting student may register at any time during the registration period.

B. Auditors

UD allows individuals interested in a particular course to attend classes as audit students. The following conditions apply:

  1. The candidate must show some evidence of the prerequisite knowledge required for auditing the course (he/she should meet the course instructor/Graduate Program Director to clarify this point and state the purpose for auditing the course).
  2. Students must provide a passport copy and four recent photographs (JPEG format file).
  3. Students must pay the regular course fee charged of visiting/short course students.
  4. The attendance policy is not mandatory.
  5. Homework assignments/examinations are not mandatory.

Student Visa

The applicant may apply for student visa only after getting admitted to the program and enroll as a full time student.
Student Visa is valid only for one year.
A student visa permits the student to work only as a part time after getting the needful approvals from the concerned authorities.
The approval or rejection of the visa is with General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. The visa process has no timing frame as it may take from two days to two months, so we strongly recommend to submit your documents at least 2 months before the start of the term.

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The Graduate Programs Office accepts applications throughout the year for the LLM program.
Thank you for your interest in the University of Dubai. Please fill out this preliminary application form and one of our admission officers will be in contact with you shortly. If you have any problems or questions completing the form, please contact us.

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