ADA
School of Public and International Affairs

Bachelor of Laws (Legum Baccalaureus)

About LL.B Program

ADA University Law Program (LL.B) is primarily aimed at training a new generation of lawyers, using international best practices in modern legal education. The necessity for establishing a brand-new law program at ADA University emanates from certain historical, political, and legal factors, which have existed for decades in Azerbaijan. The process of democratic reformation of the existing legal system in Azerbaijan started after regaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, with the aim of reshaping the philosophy of public institutions, strengthening respect toward fundamental human rights of individuals, and providing effective legal protection mechanisms, as well as establishing fair terms of market competition for private enterprises. Therefore, developing a modern and competitive law program, not only for serving domestic needs, but also for being able to accommodate global legal challenges (e.g., practicing law in an international setting, working with international clients in cross-border transactions, in major corporations, and in international organizations) has become a vital commitment.

 

Aims of LL.B Program:

  • To provide excellent knowledge of national legislation and case law, appropriate for a competitive undergraduate degree in law;
  • To develop students’ ability of analytical and critical thinking toward legislation and case law, and to build intellectual capacities and practical skills for: reading and interpreting statutes and cases, identifying and evaluating relevant facts, conducting independent legal research, developing and offering solutions to legal problems, using and citing relevant authorities appropriately, drafting documents, and communicating effectively both orally and in writing;
  • To expose students to various legal systems, introduced to the fundamentals of international law and prepared for global legal challenges;
  • To inculcate a strong sense of ethics (authenticity, equal care and respect) and with due regard to social and professional responsibilities;
  • To facilitate the ability to critically evaluate the law in action and the dynamic interplay between law and other social phenomena and real-life situations;

   

Structure of LL.B Program

The academic regulations of ADA University require at least 240 ECTS credits to graduate from an undergraduate program. Each course is counted equally as 6 ECTS credits. The LL.B program is offered as a full-time program. Hence, students enrolled in our LL.B program must acquire 156 ECTS credits from major core courses (MC), 24 ECTS credits from technical elective (TE) courses offered in the last year of the program, 54 ECTS credits from general education (GE) courses and 6 ECTS credits from two externships (FE) in order to successfully graduate the LL.B program. Although legal education is commonly provided in reference to a specific legal jurisdiction, our LL.B program offers a carefully designed curriculum, which combines three directions of law – "Law and Government", "Law and Business” and "Law in International and Comparative Context":

 

  • Lawyers have historically been closely associated with governmental decision-making and regulatory policy-making. In this regard, the direction of “Law and Government” offers courses at both a foundational and an advanced level, enabling students to understand the workings of government, its structure and particular regulatory fields.

 

  • In the modern world, law and business are widely regarded as two sides of the same coin. In this regard, lawyers, who practice in business-related areas (corporate law, real estate, business law, torts, commercial law, some areas of government regulation, including environmental law, taxation and labor law), need to acquire skills, inter alia, in basic analytics-microeconomics, accounting, finance and data analysis, which are provided in our LL.B curriculum.

 

  • Courses on international and comparative law have been becoming crucially important for law students, who are intending to specialize in international legal practice and negotiation. The flow of goods, technology, ideas, capital, and people across borders means that the work of lawyers, whether in private practice or public service, increasingly involves matters in which knowledge of legal systems beyond one’s own can prove important. Hence, students are required to take courses in international legal studies.

 

Our law program has a number of distinct particularities. First, our legal education is built on strong analytical courses, such as moral and political philosophy, legal history, economics, accounting, finance and data analysis; secondly, it primarily aims at improving skills on legal writing and research; third, it offers two externships in the District and Appeal Courts of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Furthermore, the Legal Clinic, which is being established together with the International Bar Association in London, is at the disposal of students for practicing their legal skills on real-life cases. Fourth, our students will have an opportunity to acquire professional oral and writing skills both in English and Azerbaijani. Last, but not least, ADA University enjoys wide academic cooperation and student exchange agreements with more than 70 foreign universities from 36 countries.

 

Teaching Methodologies and Language of Instruction

Law courses, which have traditionally being taught as discrete domestic subjects, to varying extents, shall be taught comparatively, trans-systemically, or globally. The central line of teaching is based on legal analysis of cases and statues from the top down and bottom up. Furthermore, students are required to take two externships in civil and criminal courts, will get involved in “tabula rasa” exercises (creating the law from scratch) and encouraged to participate in international moot court competitions (e.g., Philip C Jessup, Willem C Vis, International Criminal Court, Stetson, etc.) as well as in the Legal Clinic of the University. The Law Program hosts high caliber professors and legal professionals, who are masters of their subjects,  recipients of legal education abroad, experienced in legal teaching and producers of research in their respective fields.

The language of instruction of the LL.B program is both Azerbaijani and English. While courses on national law (e.g., Constitutional Law; Civil Law; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure, etc.) are offered in Azerbaijani; international, comparative, theoretical and general education courses (e.g., International Public Law; EU Law; Jurisprudence; Principles of Microeconomics, Moral and Political Philosophy) are taught in English.

What you study at LLB

AREA OF STUDY DISCIPLINE COURSE TITLE ECTS
General Education
  • Humanities
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning
  • Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning
  • Leadership & Communication
  • Leadership & Communication
  • Writing and Information Literacy
  • Writing and Information Literacy
  • History of Azerbaijan or Literature of Azerbaijan
  • Fundamentals of Philosophy or Perspectives on Ethics and Values
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Civilizations & Cultures or Azerbaijani Studies
  • Introduction to Social Psychology or Psychology & Human Behavior
  • Calculus I or Introduction to Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Physics or Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Public Speaking, Negotiation, Mediation, Advocacy
  • Leadership, Ethics & Communication - Challenges of Society
  • Legal Writing 1 (Azerbaijan)
  • Legal Writing 2 (English)
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
DISCIPLINE COURSE TITLE ECTS
Legal Professions & Studies
  • Foundations of a Legal System
  • Constitutional Law
  • Foundations of Civil Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Law of Obligations I
  • Criminal Law I
  • Property Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law II
  • Jurisprudence (English)
  • Law of Obligations II
  • Administrative Procedure
  • Public International Law (English)
  • Labor Law
  • Criminal Procedure & Investigation
  • Family Law
  • Private International Law & Int. Civil Procedure (English)
  • EU Law (English)
  • Advanced Legal Research (English)
  • Information Technologies Law (English/Azerbaijani)
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
DISCIPLINE COURSE TITLE ECTS
Legal Professions & Studies
  • Intellectual Property Law (English/Azerbaijani)
  • Financial Markets Law
  • International Business Law (English)
  • Tax Law
  • International Human Rights Law (English)
  • International Economic Law (English)
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
AREA OF STUDY DISCIPLINE COURSE TITLE ECTS
Functional Enabler
  • Leadership & Communication
  • Career Development
  • My ADA
  • Career Development Skills and Strategies
  • 0
  • 6