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MSU Law to Offer Graduate Programs in Law in Dubai

Two-year LL.M. and M.J. Courses Offered in Response to Demand from Arab Students

East Lansing, MI — Responding to the market demand for qualified legal professionals in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region, Michigan State University College of Law has launched the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) programs at MSU Dubai.

The LL.M. enables individuals with an existing law background to gain an in-depth knowledge of the U.S. legal system or study law at a post-graduate level in English. The M.J. program is specifically designed for students with no background in law. Both courses are set to commence with the new academic year in September 2012.

The programs aim to provide individuals who are either doing business with U.S. firms or aiming to trade with U.S. firms with a broad understanding of the legal issues involved in such partnerships. Furthermore, the programs will help U.S. firms operating out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to seek legal counsel from locally based practitioners holding adequate knowledge of the U.S. legal system and business laws.

MSU Law's initiative in Dubai comes in response to the high annual enrollment of students from Arab countries at U.S.-based universities.

Michael Lawrence, associate dean of graduate and international programs at the Law College, was instrumental in establishing the two programs in the UAE. "Over the years, we have witnessed a growing interest from students across the Middle East in MSU's law programs in the U.S.," Lawrence said. "Recognizing the need for the program in the region, we have instituted LL.M. and M.J. courses in the UAE.

"One of the best aspects of the programs in Dubai is that the courses are taught by our faculty from the U.S. The professors have lived and practiced abroad, and are eager to work with foreign-trained students who will bring their diverse experiences and backgrounds to the program."

With a focus on international and business law, the programs will follow an executive-style approach. Each class will be offered once every few months during an intensive three-, four-, or five-day period that overlaps a weekend. The approach will allow students to maximize the time spent in their home countries and in their jobs while simultaneously pursuing their degrees. Students will be able to complete the program, which requires a total of 24 credits, in as little as two years.

"Michigan State University has established itself as a reputed international institution providing world-class opportunities for higher education," said Dr. Tessa Dunseath, executive director of MSU Dubai. "The introduction of the two new MSU Law programs reiterates our commitment to building capacity in the UAE and the region. With the support of Dubai International Academic City and our main campus in Michigan, we are confident that the programs will draw the anticipated response from the academic community."

Responding to demand from expatriates interested in gaining a greater understanding of the legal system across the Middle East, MSU Dubai—in conjunction with MSU College of Law—also plans to offer short diploma-style courses in English on the topics of International Business Law and Sharia Law. These courses, which also will be taught in short blocks, will deal with key themes, giving students a solid grounding in each subject. "With Dubai fast becoming a key global business hub, it is important for academic institutions to equip students and business professionals with the knowledge required to meet the challenges that accompany this growth," said Dr. Ayoub Kazim, managing director of Dubai International Academic City. "In an effort to bring reputable universities that offer programs of high academic standards to the region, while simultaneously meeting the needs of the diverse industries, Dubai International Academic City is pleased to support MSU Dubai in the launch of its two new programs."

For more information about the LL.M. or M.J. programs, visit

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world's problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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