In pursuit of a vision to embed the rule of law in Qatar's development, Decree No. 4 was issued in 1993 to establish an academic department of legal education. Legal studies was originally part of the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies. As the country's development gathered momentum, the need for expansion in legal education became inevitable, hence the establishment of an autonomous College of Law in 2006.
In about a decade of this bold decision, the College of Law has grown exponentially. The current student population is about 800 with faculty strength of 50 highly educated and diverse academics supported by a team of highly motivated administrative staff. A range of programs have been introduced to enrich the curriculum and achieve the college's mission. These include the Center for Energy and Sustainability Law to serve as platform for engagement with industry, Externship program to give our students a taste of practical work prior to graduation, a Legal Writing program that advances the writing and research skills of our students, clinics in Domestic Violence, Human Rights, Environment and many other initiatives.
Our teaching methods, curricula and research programs have been revamped resulting in over a million dollar research grants, engagement with the community and industry and the graduation of high quality students. In tandem with this growth, a new bespoke multi-purpose building, including a law library and moot courtrooms, is being erected exclusively for the Law College. The college is also poised to start new graduate programs in both Arabic and English.
All these and we are just starting. We look forward to the next decades with great optimism. You can be part of our aspiration to be a center of excellence in legal education and research. It is a blessing and pleasure to lead this ambitious college. I introduce and welcome you to our college.
Dean of the College of Law
Dr. Mohamed Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi