Bachelor in Law

Programme duration : 3 years
Delivery language : French
Degree awarded : Bachelor in Law
Accreditation : The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Université Paris Cité. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.
Deadline to apply : 11 August 2024

The Bachelor in Law provides students with extensive knowledge and methodologies of private and public French laws, paving the way for further specialisation at Masters and PhD levels.

The objective of the Bachelor in Law is to provide with an understanding of modern society through political, social, historical and philosophical perspectives and prepare students for successful careers in the legal profession.

During all three years of study, students comprehensively study French private and public laws, which has served as a major source of inspiration for the establishment of several laws in different regions of the world, particularly in the Middle East. They will also develop strong analytical tools improving their ability to arrive at well-reasoned opinions.

During the first two years, students explore a range of legal disciplines including constitutional law, civil law, international relations, criminal law, administrative law and business law amongst other legal disciplines. During the third year, students learn about intellectual property law, fundamental freedom laws, labour law, EU law and general tax law amongst others.

As language is core to the degree programme, some courses are taught in English and, a language course has been integrated to expand our students’ capacity in this area, which prepares them for further study or international careers in the legal profession.

To supplement academic study, visits to judicial, administrative and corporate institutions coupled with visits by industry speakers are organised for students to learn about and experience the practical side of the legal profession.

The programme faculty are internationally renowned professors whose teaching methodology goes beyond the traditional forms of teaching to ensure a balanced and well-rounded learning experience. Non-French speaking students can benefit from the “longer system” which allows them to complete the first year over two years. At the begining of the year, a test exam helps students choose between the regular curriculum and the “longer system”. Individual or group tutoring is available based on the strengths and weaknesses of each student.

There are abundant opportunities with a Bachelor degree in Law and students can pursue successful careers including judges, solicitors, barristers, commercial lawyers, civil servants or advisors/officials of international organisations. Additionally, careers prospects include access to public and private sectors as consultants and legal representatives to a spectrum of fields including banking, health, trade, communications, FMCG firms and industries. Following the Bachelor’s degree, students can pursue the following Masters at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi: Banking and Finance, International Business Law or International Law, International Relations and Diplomacy (general degree or a specialisation in Defence and International Security). The Master’s degree also prepares graduates for a Doctorate degree.

All students can apply for “le Barreau de Paris”. The courses of the Institute of Judicial Studies (IEJ) are now also given in a dematerialised way and can thus be followed in addition to the completion of first year of master.

First Year

  • Methodology
  • General introduction to law
  • Constitutional law (1 and 2)
  • Historical introduction to Law
  • Contemporary economic and social issues (taught in English)
  • Jurisdictional institutions
  • Civil Law (family law)
  • History of institutions
  • International Relations (taught in English)
  • Administrative institutions
  • Comparative Law (taught in English)
  • UAE Judicial and Legal System (taught in English)
  • UAE Family Law (taught in English)
  • Language*

Second Year

  • Civil law of contracts
  • Administrative law (1 and 2)
  • Criminal law
  • Public finance law
  • History of criminal law
  • Political Sciences (taught in English)
  • Torts
  • Business law
  • Criminal procedure
  • International Relations
  • American government law and culture (taught in English)
  • Contract Law (taught in English)
  • UAE Constitutional Law and Culture (taught in English)
  • Supervised professional project
  • Language*
  • Sports (optional)

Third Year

  • Administrative property law
  • International public law (1 and 2)
  • International private law
  • Fundamental rights law
  • Social law
  • Property civil law
  • Civil and commercial contracts law
  • Theory of Law
  • Civil procedure
  • Corporate law
  • Securities law
  • European and international protection of human rights
  • General taxation law
  • European Union law
  • Legal Clinic (optional)
  • UAE Commercial Law (optional)
  • Common Law (optional)
  • Sports (optional)
  • Language*
  • Language 2 – Langue vivante 2 (optional)
  • IT

* Students must choose a compulsory second language from the following: French (for non francophone students), English, Arabic, German, Spanish, Italian or Chinese.

To be eligible for this Bachelor’s degree, students must have the following:

  • French Baccalaureate with a minimum final average of 12/20
    or High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)*
  • A minimum average of 75% (or equivalent) in Math subject in school systems is required
    or EMSAT Math at and above 600
  • A motivation interview is required for all applicants even if they don’t meet the math criteria
  • A good grade in History, Geography, Economics and literature in all streams is required from grade 10 till grade 12
  • French Aptitude Certificate: minimum score of B2 level (accepted certificates: DU issued by Sorbonne University, DELF, TEF, TCF and SELFEE). Students with a French Baccalaureate are exempted from the language proficiency exam**

* Students not meeting this requirement may be accepted following a review of high school subject results, supporting exams score and a student’s personal statement.

** Students not meeting the required French Aptitude Certificate will be admitted conditionally in the programme, and enrolled in the Foundation Year in Intensive French. Upon its successful completion, they will be admitted into the bachelor degree programme.

Other Countries Education’s Systems

Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: for more details.

Programme tuition fees (over 3 years):
AED 215,100 (approximately US$ 58,615)
Payment of fees:
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HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)

Current high school students may apply through NAPO, whereas the graduates of previous years can apply on the Apply Now page.

Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)

• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining

New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

  • Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream
  • American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%
  • British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects
  • SABIS: minimum average of 85%
  • International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses
  • French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20

Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)

• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship

Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact

Other Scholarships

10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment

Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

Sponsored scholarships

Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.

The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.

Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact

Preferential rate: 10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply

For more information, please contact:

The Career Centre
Tel: +971 (0) 2 656 9104/9342