The DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority Academy of Law was established in 2015 as an independent entity to provide services to the DIFC Courts and the UAE legal community. Its core functions include regulating and training lawyers, publishing academic literature, hosting events for the legal community, and providing pro bono legal advice for people in need.

Why join the Academy of Law’s Register of Practitioners?

The Academy of Law is contemplating launching a new fee structure for registrations and renewals of Part II practitioners, occurring or due on or after 1 June 2017. Registration grants law firms and individual lawyers the right to practice in the DIFC Courts. Upon registration, practitioners become part of a growing network of over 400 Practitioners and 130 law firms, and benefit from discounts on training courses, lectures, conferences, and publications.

Another beneficial community service provided by the Academy is providing access to justice to people who lack the means to retain a lawyer through the first pro bono program in the Middle East. Clinics are held once per week, and volunteer lawyers provide legal consultation to people facing legal issues arising within the DIFC geographic area or under DIFC laws. The Academy also supports the development of the next generation of legal professionals by offering scholarships to Emirati and expatriate law students to attend the Academy’s training programmes, in the form of waived tuition or discounted rates.

The Academy’s interest in developing these programs is aligned with its broader objectives of contributing to the development of the rule of law and the legal system as a foundation for commercial enterprise and economic development.

Registration Categories

  • Part I for law firms 
  • Part II for individuals with rights of audience before the DIFC Court


Part I registration

USD 2700

Part I renewal   

USD 1350



Part II registration

USD 2500

Part II renewal

USD 1450



Part I certificate (optional)

USD 300

Part II Certificate (optional)

USD 150



Registered practitioners enjoy the following benefits:

  • 8 hours of Academy of Law Courses and Trainings for Part II registered practitioners
  • A year-round 20% discount on select training courses
  • Discounts on Academy of Law’s Lecture Series lectures, which present leading experts in the legal profession from around the world

  • Discounts on Academy of Law publications
  • Unique networking opportunities
  • The discounts apply to the Law firms, part II practitioners as well as part I registered individuals

The Academy of Law would be interested in any comments or feedback from practitioners as it seeks additional ways to serve the legal community.

For more information about registration requirements, and to apply for registration online, please consult practitioners/.

For more information about the new fee structure, please contact

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