Juris Doctor | Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Admission & Application Requirements

  • Applicants seeking admission to the JD program of the HBKU Law School should have an undergraduate degree in any major from a recognized institution. They must also have a strong undergraduate academic record.
  • Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempted from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below: 
    • The applicant completed their studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language 
    • The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt)
    • The applicants’ first language is English
  • Applicants are highly encouraged to take any of the following standardized tests: LSAT, GRE or GMAT. Please note that these are not required and an application will be considered complete without them.


A completed online application form: Click here to apply

Academic transcripts

Official electronic copies of transcripts should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts are required for all previous university studies. All transcripts submitted should include an explanation of the grading system. For those who have not completed their current studies, transcripts must include results from the last completed semester of coursework. Transcripts in languages other than English or Arabic must be accompanied with an official translation. Applicants who are admitted to the program based on copies of or incomplete transcripts will be required to provide original transcripts upon enrollment in order to register for courses.

Standardized test results

Official copies of standardized test results, where required must be sent directly to HBKU.  Please refer to the institutional codes below:

  • GRE: 7551
  • GMAT: H6S
  • LSAT: Please email for further information
  • TOEFL: 4981
  • IELTS: No code required. Students should ask the IELTS center where they are tested to send the IELTS TRF to Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from previous or current professors, employers or other individuals familiar with the applicant’s qualifications for the JD program. Referees should send their letters of recommendation from their professional email directly to  . Letters which are not directly written for this program or which are incomplete will not be accepted.

Click here to download recommendation form

Personal statement of interest

Applicants should submit a personal statement as part of the online application, which introduces the applicant to the Admissions Committee. The applicant may discuss, among other topics, personal or professional goals and personal, academic, or career history. The committee looks beyond test scores and grade point averages in selecting an applicant for admission. The personal statement gives the committee a means to look at a variety of factors in distinguishing among many capable applicants.

Resume/curriculum vitae

Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae with the online application.

Identification document

All applicants should submit an electronic copy of their passport as part of the online application. Nationals and Residents of Qatar should also submit their Qatari ID.  

Please do not submit any additional application materials which are not on the list of required items. Any additional materials received will be automatically discarded.

HBKU cannot return documents to the applicant once they are submitted.

All documents submitted through the online application must be in PDF format. Any documents submitted in a different format will not be accepted.


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