The Bachelor of Law is a three-year course. It is an undergraduate degree course and is the first level of the European unified system L.M.D. (licence, master, doctorat). After completing their Bachelor of Law, students can choose to start their professional lives or to join a Masters programme.
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As a law student, you will discover that pre-conceptions about the rigidity and austerity of law soon fade away. In the first year, the programme will give you an in-depth understanding of our society. You will get to know the political institutions (from state constitution to court system) and private institutions (mariage, family). You will be grounded with the fundamental legal concepts. The different subjects will be put under the scrutiny of lawyers, but also historians, political analysts or economists.
The second and third years will explore new areas: you will study contracts and liabilities, the actions of the different public and administrative bodies, criminal law and procedure.
Beyond the discovery of these different subjects, you will learn a new language: the language of conflict, of confrontation between opposing interests, of litigation. You will develop your ability to study and to make reasoned choices. You will soon be able to understand the meaning behind the ancient saying that law is a science, but at the same time an art.
You will also be introduced to the specific nature of the legal system through visits and lectures. The Bachelor of Law includes a variety of outings: private companies, courts, administrative institutions. These visits give students the opportunity to discover the different aspects of their future professional environment. Key professionals are also invited to give lectures on relevant topics.
Students have access to a variety of summer courses offered by universities abroad. They are also given the opportunity to study in a European Erasmus programme, at several European universities.
Overall, the programme is divided over three years of study with the equivalent of 60 credits per year (following the European ECTS system). Courses that are a combination of lectures are evaluated continuously, while others are limited to one final written examination 2 hours long.
The courses are in the form of two-week sessions carried out by a visiting professor from French or European universities, with the programme supplemented with material covered by the lecturing methodologies, with the presence of a permanent teacher at Sorbonne AD relays it through a series of exercises, throughout the semester. Tutors can possibly help students in preparing their lectures methods.
Every semester, a language course is required as part of the programme. Students can choose any language from Arabic, English, German, Italian, or Spanish.
Graduates go on to compete for various legal positions at diverse institutions. While many become lawyers, it is also common for graduates to pursue careers in auctioneering, become notaries and judges, or develop other legal related professions.
Additional studies are available at Master level at the University Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi (Master in International Business and Languages), the Sorbonne University in Paris, or at other institutions (European Credit Transfer System – ECTS facilitates admission in other European universities).
“In my opinion, the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi is the best place to learn French and earn a degree. I am currently in my third year of law school, and I am now fluent in French – thanks to the multicultural academic environment that surrounds me everyday. I am delighted to have come here.”
Ali Ibrahim- Bahraini student – 2014
“My decision to come and study for my law degree at the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi was an excellent choice. I am now studying the exact same course offered at Paris Descartes in France. I also enjoy meeting and interacting with students of many nationalities every day. The small size of each class allows better interactions and collaborations between students and teachers. For example my neighbour on my left is from Syria, and my colleague on my right is from Bahrain. I also have the opportunity to learn Arabic and enjoy many cultural and sports activities. Three years in the UAE have proved highly productive for me. I have made many friends and pursued an internationally-respected degree of the highest quality. I now have a solid foundation for further research in my intended Masters degree in Law.”
Gautier- French student, third year 2014