Master of Arts in Judicial Studies



There is a growing need for highly trained legal professionals as lawyers, judges, assistant judges, and court-room prosecutors etc., in the U.A.E. and other Gulf States. Increasing socio-economic and cultural complexities require skilled legal practitioners with an integrated and sophisticated understanding of the theories, concepts and practices of justice that determine the rule of law.

The Master of Arts in Judicial Studies program that is offered in Arabic, provides participants with the latest developments in the field of law and judicial administration to improve their skills and to equip them with the knowledge and competencies necessary for successful handling and dealing  with judicial administration in public and private law.

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Program Recognition

  • The program is approved by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
  • Zayed University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Orientation Seminar

At the beginning of the program, students are required to attend an orientation seminar to introduce the University and its resources, the program and communication and virtual classroom software such as BlackBoard Learn and Collaborate, MS Outlook, Extranet, and Bannerweb.


The curriculum consists of the following 20 courses (eight week for each) including a research project for a total of 45 credits for the Master's degree:*

LAW601 Law and Society

LAW602 New Trends in Civil Law

LAW603 New Trends in Criminal Law

LAW604 New Trends in Commercial Law

LAW605 New Trends in Administrative Law

LAW606 English for Legal Purposes

LAW610 The Judicial Profession and Ethics

LAW611 Criminal Procedural Law

LAW612 Civil Procedural Law

LAW613 Islamic Legal Theory and the Philosophy of Family Law

LAW620 Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony

LAW621 Judicial Writing and Research

LAW622 Case Analysis and Judicial Decision Making

LAW623 Effective Team Course Management

LAW624 Alternatives to Judicial Arbitration

LAW625 Argument Building and Persuasion

LAW640 Advanced Judicial Writing

LAW641 Advocacy Skills

LAW642 Logic and Legal Reasoning

LAW650 Research Project

*The course delivery sequence may vary from cohort to cohort.

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Course Delivery

Course Duration

The program is delivered in Arabic over a period of 24 months at Zayed University located in Abu Dhabi.

Course Delivery Format

The in-class room instruction for each course is conducted in Arabic in blocks of two or sometimes three face-to-face courses delivered in parallel over approximately 8 weeks. Each course meets once a week from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00p.m. 

For more information on the admission deadline and start date of the program, please visit the Key Dates section of our website.


  • Admission is open to males and females of all nationalities.
  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited university in one of the following areas:

♦ Law, or

♦ Sharia and Law (excluding former degrees from UAEU and Imam Mohamed Bin Saoud University, etc.), or 

♦ Police + Law Firm License (“Lawyer License”).

  • Applicants must be proficient in the Arabic language.
  • Applicants to graduate degree programs offered in Arabic must meet one of the following English language requirements:

    • A minimum score range of 950-1075 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or

    • TOEFL Scores of 139 CBT, 51 iBT, 450 PBT, or

    • An IELTS overall band score of not less than 4.5, or

    • Evidence that the applicant is a native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language.

For more information on the admission requirements and application procedure, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of our website.

Program Cost

AED 96,000 (including textbooks and course materials)

For more information on the program cost, payment procedure and financial support, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of our website.

Graduation Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in course work taken in fulfillment of the requirements of the Master's degree.

For program information, please contact +971-2-599-3605