The College of Law (COL) at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has adopted a new ambitious plan that aims to develop student internship programs held in the UAE and further afield, whilst encouraging students to take part in annual international competitions including Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, UK, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, known as the Jessup, US, and Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Austria.
Professor Mohammed Hassan, Dean of COL, stressed that the college is keen on strengthening partnerships with several relevant institutions and entities including Dubai Police Academy, Institute of Training and Judicial Studies, Dubai Courts, RAK Public Prosecution, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and General Secretariat of the Supreme Legislation Committee, as well as other judicial and legal entities. These diverse partnerships help introduce the significance of law in individual and society life, define rights and responsibilities and to ensure rights and freedoms, aiming to enhance loyalty to UAE and its leadership.
Professor Hassan explained that the college is preparing to offer their first PhD Program, to open at the beginning of the academic year 2018/2019. Offering the new PhD Program demonstrates the success of the current two MA Programs in Public and Private Law, with 83 enrollees.
Dr. Habiba Alshamsi, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, pointed out that the college focuses on developing students’ skills and expertise, diversifying their knowledge resources and introducing them to the best law practices both locally and internationally. This is evident through organizing different events and activities, and providing students with internship opportunities in different judicial and legal bodies including courts, prosecutions and big well-known advocates and legal consultancy firms, especially international firms that have branches inside and outside the country.
Alshamsi also stressed the significance of student training programs and the college’s participations in holding and organizing meetings, seminars, workshops and panel discussions to develop students’ skills, enrich their knowledge and prepare them to engage in the job market, which usually prefers to recruit and praise UAEU COL graduates.
Alshamsi added that she is finalizing the activities of the 3rd Law Day, to be held on 15th of April in the Crescent Building, UAEU, where various law institutions in the UAE will highlight common issues including giving non-sufficient funds checks, in different workshops and discussion panels, organized by the college.
Dr. Abdulla Alkhatib, Associate Professor, Department of Private Law, referred to the Moot Court Contest that the college adopts to train students on writing legal submissions and case presentations of different cases before judicial bodies. The college also organizes other knowledge and research contests, where COL students compete with other law college students in the UAE and the annual research student conference.
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