Degree: Bachelor's degree in law
The College of Law awards a bachelor's degree in law. The bachelor's degree program does not focus on a specific legal field, but includes the study of law in general and the study of most laws governing daily life.
Duration: Four Years
Number of admitted students:
In the recent years, our College of Law welcomes around about 150-180 annually to be involved within our program to the study of law. This number of students is determined by central program of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research which targets those who have completed secondary school.
It is worth mentioning that the College of Law at Al-Muthanna University offers an evening study program which offers the opportunity to study and obtain a bachelor's degree in law for those who did not complete their studies according to the central program set by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, those who could not complete their study in the past for a different reasons and those who need legal knowledge experience because of their tasks, duties, official status such as police officers and investigators. Therefore, there are 100-130 students enroll annually in order to study law within the evening study program.
The student needs to complete a number of scientific requirements to obtain a bachelor's degree in law. These requirements are spread over four academic years. First Year (Foundation Year) Students learn philosophy, theories, basic legal principles, divisions of law, concepts of basic legal terms, as well as the history of law including Roman law and ancient Iraqi laws. Also, the student should take an idea of Islamic law as a source of legislation in Iraq. With regard to the laws in force, it examines the Constitutional Law, which represents the criterion for the validity of other national laws and indicates the competent authority of legislation.
In the second year, the students acquire knowledge on some important and effective laws governing life such as civil law, criminal law (penal code), family law, administrative law, financial legislation, tax laws, public budget and commercial law. In addition to its theoretical concepts, the students will learn objective provisions, conditions, elements and circumstances of application of the mentioned laws. Some of these laws are divided into more than one part on two or three academic years.
The third academic year requires passing a number of courses such as the legal rules governing civil contracts and the rules governing certain types of crimes. Moreover, it requires passing important modules such as the Code of Civil Procedure, the Law of Evidence, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Administrative Judiciary. These latter are necessary and there is no lawyer, judge or jurist can ignore them in practice and work. The student should also study and pass international law and companies’ law.
A number of courses in the fourth academic year should be passed by the student. Most importantly, private international law which includes legal provisions relating to nationality and permanent residence and deals with legal relations involving a foreign element. The student also learns the criminal investigation, enforcement of judicial rulings, legal provisions governing commercial papers, international humanitarian law, legal rules on the right to property and mortgage, etc., labor law. The student will also undergo training in courts, investigative offices and legal departments. Also, he/ she should present a research project focusing on a legal subject or problem.
Qualifications obtained by the student after graduation and which qualifies him/ her to get a job
The holder of a bachelor's degree in law acquires a basic and sufficient legal knowledge and experience that qualifies him/her to be a member of the Bar Association. Therefore, he/ she can practice law by pleading before the courts to claim or defend their clients and their rights. He/she can also work within government institutions in legal or administrative affairs. Basically, a bachelor's degree in law qualifies its holder for employment within the judicial institution. Under specific conditions and the number of years of experience he/ she can enroll to study at the Judicial Institute to become a judge or prosecutor. He/ she can also work as a legal adviser on his own behalf or on behalf of companies and non-governmental organizations.