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General information

City:Bahir Dar  
Country Ethiopia
About the University Bahir Dar University School of Law has been established within the context of the broader objectives of the University. The Department of Law was officially established by the decision of the University Senate in August 2001, and subsequently developed into a full-fledged Faculty in February 2004, renamed in 2009 as Law School.

The School of Law has as its mission of serving the basic purpose of playing a major role in producing adequately trained legal professionals who will be prepared to serve their community with legal skills, ethical and intellectual guidance, and to strengthen the qualification and man power of the personnel in the judiciary, law enforcement agencies, counselling and advisory departments, and other institutions engaged in law related activities at various levels. Conducting legal research and giving community services are also within the mission of the School. The School has also taken a share of responsibility in guaranteeing the proper dissemination of basic ideals of law, protection of universally acknowledged human rights and implementation of democratic governance.

With this short span of time, the School has contributed a lot to the justice sector of the country. It has trained, educated and graduated a mass of regular students drawn from all over the country in its regular Advanced Diploma and Degree Programs. It has trained a lot of people living in and around Bahir Dar in its diploma and LLB extension programs. It has also given tailor-made trainings to many people working in the various justice institutions of regional states in the country in its diploma as well as Degree summer and Distance (with face-to-face component) programs. In this regard the unique contribution of the School to the justice institutions of the Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Afar and Gambella regional states of Federal Ethiopia has been so remarkable.

Currently, in the field of law, the School is giving training in Regular LLB, Continuing Education LLB and Distance LLB programs. Because of the ever increasing demand for qualified legal professionals with high level of training, the School has already started expanding its horizon of training into master of laws programs. There are three specialized LLM Programs launched by the school. Regular Students have been admitted in all the three LLM programs. Moreover, we have broadened students’ and stakeholders’ access to our LLM through summer program. In this respect, the EFDRE Ministry of Defense and the Justice Bureau of Gambella Regional State send students to our LLM in Criminal Justice and Human Rights program in the summer arrangement. We also have admitted into our LLM Programs (on summer) personnel from the Amhara National Regional State Bureau of Justice, Supreme Court, and Justice System Reform and Research Institute. We are willing and ready to broaden this opportunity on project basis to other governmental and non governmental institutions.

Student exchange information

Method of application at the RUG Online application form:
Application deadline RUG 01 February
Available places 0 places available
Level of courses available for exchange students Bachelor
Language of instruction English
Language test results needed Yes: see extra requirements for more information
Language courses available Unknown
Extra requirements Average mark of 7.0 (GPA).

To study at the Bahir Dar University, you will need a TOEFL score of at least 92 (internet-based) or an IELTS score of at least a 6,5.

Only valid TOEFL or IELTS tests can be accepted. TOEFL and IELTS tests are valid for 2 years only.
Important information 2020-2021: Due to the current situation in Ethiopia, we will not be selecting students for an exchange in 2020-2021.

In Ethiopia they use a different calendar which starts later then the one we use. Keep in mind that on their website when you see EC it refers to the Ethiopian Calendar. The information on their website is up to date.

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Link (law faculty) university View university website
Housing arranged Institution
Student self
Visa needed Yes
Vaccination needed Yes
Financial support / Grants More information on study and placement grants for law students is available at the website

For studying in countries outside Europe students can apply for a grant from the Marco Polo Fund, which comprises of both faculty and university resources. Marco Polo grants do not cover travel and residential expenses completely; they are merely a contribution towards the extra costs involved in studying abroad.

At the moment the Marco Polo grant has been set at €170,-- to €290,-- per calendar month, depending on the country of your host university. This may change per academic year.

Your application for an exchange period at one of the Faculty’s partner universities also counts as your application for a grant. When you receive notification of a place for study abroad, you will also learn whether or not you have been awarded a Marco Polo grant.

Student Reports

Bahir Dar Fall 2015.pdf (Size: 53 Kb | Create Time: 01 Mar 2021)
Bahir Dar Fall 2018.pdf (Size: 114 Kb | Create Time: 01 Mar 2021)


Level of courses available Bachelor
LLB students: is a minimum of 30 ECTS available Yes
Last update (06 Jan 2020)