History of the Department of Law

The Department of Law came into existence in 1920 together with the Rangoon University, what is today the University of Yangon.  It was one of seven original affiliated faculties of the Rangoon University.


Bachelor of Laws (BL)

During the early years the Law Department only offered a law degree known as Bachelor of Laws (BL) degree as a part-time post graduate degree course. The BL Degree consisted of a two year course of study.


Bachelor of Arts in Law (BA (Law)), Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

With the advent of the Revolutionary Council after 1962, a Committee to reform legal education was established, and significant reforms were accomplished by the Higher Education Law of 1964. After 1964, the law course at the University of Yangon became a fulltime course. Under this system, students obtained a BA (Law) degree after 4 years of study and had to continue their studies for another year to get their LLB degree.


Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

New system of higher education brought the fulltime legal education course in the name of LLB degree in 1965. It became a five year, full-time course of study at the Department of Law. The Bachelor of Laws degree program remained the main vehicle for University legal studies at all Law Departments of Universities except University of Yangon and University of Mandalay till academic year of 2013. The YU Law Department, however, has re-launched its first year law classes for outstanding students starting from 2013-14 new academic years. UY Law has recently reproduced first – batch – LLB graduates in 2018-2019 academic year.


Master of Laws (LLM)

The first postgraduate legal degree program at the Department of Law, the LLM degree program, was established in 1973.  The new LLM program presently run is two years in duration.  The program offers the opportunity to specialize in four different areas: Civil Law, Commercial Law, International Law, and Maritime Law. LLB graduates from UY, who are qualified to attend LLM, are directly admitted into the LLM program at the University of Yangon, Department of Law. However, for those who got LLB degree with qualified from other Conventional Universities will be admitted to the master program at UY Law only after successfully passing an entrance examination.

During their first three semesters students take requisite Masters level course and are assessed by examination.  During their final semester, students must undertake their own research and produce a written thesis.


Master of Research (MRes)

This is a one year program dedicates to researching the law.  Students were required to develop and produce a significant piece of scholarship during their candidacy.  LLM degree holders who are qualified to do research are admitted to this program. This will be no more MRes programme at UY starting from 2019-2020 academic year.


Doctoral Program (PhD)

Since 1999, the Department of Law has offered PhD degree program which has consistently been in high demand. The duration of the doctoral course is five years.  The first year is a preliminary qualifying year, which includes methodological and theoretical study. The remaining four years are devoted to the preparation of the candidate’s dissertation.  Eligibility to enter the program is limited to LLM degree holder academic staff and ministerial staff with two or more years of service that pass an entrance examination; and MRes degree holders (who are exempted from the entrance exam). To date (as of 2019 January), YU has conferred about 180 PhD graduates for different areas of law (Civil Law, International Law, IP, Environmental Law, etc…).


Graduate Diploma Courses

Graduate diploma courses are offered by the Department of Law under the University’s Human Resources Development Program 2004.  There are four different areas of law in which diplomas are offered: Business Law, International Law, Maritime Law and Intellectual Property Law.  Each diploma course lasts one year.  Individuals with any undergraduate degree who pass the entrance examination can attend the Diploma courses. It is a part-time diploma program.


Admission Requirements (DBL, DIL, DML, DIPL)

  • A Bachelor Degree from any recognized University
  • Copy of degree certificate
  • Should not be seeking education on other Universities or Institutes
  • Should attend the programme between 7am and 9am, from Monday to Friday
  • Satisfactory results on Entrance Examination
  • Five current passport-size photos

 Application Check List

Completed application package must include:

  • Completed application form

Note: Incomplete or incorrect application information will not be considered for admission.


Master of Arts in Business Law (MA Business Law)

The Department of Law is responsible for a two year MA program in business law.  In order to gain entry into the program a student must have a graduate diploma in business law and pass an entrance examination. It is a full time program.


Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor Degree from any recognized University
  • Copy of degree certificate
  • Should not be seeking education on other Universities or Institutes
  • Should attend the programme from Monday to Friday as a full time program
  • Should pass an entrance examination.
  • Five recent passport-sized photos.


Department of Law of YU has a small but dynamic team consisted of four Professors including one Head of Department, one Associate Professor, fourteenth lecturers, eight assistant lecturers and two tutors. It is also supported by rich knowledge of distinguished part-time Professors who are well acquainted with issues of human rights, international trade, family laws, etc.

Heads of the Department (In reverse order)

  1. Myint Thu Myaing    (2018- up to date)
  2. Khin Mar Yee             (2007 – 2018)
  3. Daw Than New          (1994 -2007)
  4. Tin Aung Aye             (1986 – 1994)
  5. U Tin Ohn                   (1971 – 1986)
  6. U HlaAung                  (1965 – 1971)
  7. U AungKhine             (1961 -1964)
  8. Myint                            (1958 – 1961)
  9. U KyawMyint             (1950 – 1958)
  10. Ba Han                         (1937 – 1950)
  11. Sir Arthur Eggar        (1922 – 1937)
  12. U May Aung                (1920 – 1922)

1. Civil Law
2. International Law
3. Maritime Law
4. Commercial Law
5. Intellectual Property Law
6. Environmental Law
7. Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
8. Comparative Law

International Cooperation of Law Department, UY

Since 2013-14 Academic Year, University of Yangon Department of Law hosted four visiting professors who were sponsored by Open Society Foundations (OSF) focusing on international human rights law, comparative constitutional law, international law and international environmental law, corporate law and public right litigation.

On 29 June 2013, Myanmar Japan Legal Research Center was established by Yangon University and Nagoya University. This center has conducted many workshops and other academic activities such as comparative legal research between Myanmar and Japan.

Since 2013, BABSEA CLE has sponsored giving and promoting clinical legal education to Myanmar. Series of Faculty Seminar on different areas of law and Curriculum Development Seminars were held in the UY.

Australian National University and National University of Singapore signed MOU with University of Yangon, Law Department in 2014 for academic and research exchange and co-operation. Other collaborations were training program with Oxford University of UK, Colombia University of US, Central University of Hungary and Professor exchanged programme with the University of Toulouse I, France.

In 2015-16 academic years, Law Department hosted an American Professor from Brooklyn law school of New York, for one semester as a visiting professor.

During 2016-17 Academic Year, Law Department hosted two visiting lecturer who were Global Teaching Fellow from the Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary for one semester at law department.

In addition, Law Department hosted visiting Professor Jonathan Liljeblad from the Swinburne Law School of Australia. Recently, Professor Marsha Garrison, Law Professor from Brooklyn Law School of USA is with Law Department as visiting professor as her second visit to the Department.

2017-2018 Academic Year

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Foundation Courses

မ ၁၀၀၁         ျမန္မာစာ

Eng 1001      English

Core Courses  (For Law Specialization)        

Law 1101    Introduction to the Study of Law I

Law 1102    History of State and Law

Elective Courses (One subject to be chosen)        

Phil 1001      Logic in Practice I

Hist 1001     Introduction to Myanmar Civilizations I

IR 1002        Introduction to International Relations I

Psy 1004      Public Relations

Eco 1001      Principles of Microeconomics

Geog1003    Geography of Southeast Asian Countries

OS   1003     Buddhist Culture

AM 1001      Aspects of Myanmar



Foundation Courses

မ ၁၀၀၂            ျမန္မာစာ

Eng 1002        English

Core Courses            

Law 1103         Introduction to the Study of Law II

Law 1104        Jurisprudence

Elective Courses (One subject to be taken)      

Phil 1003        Logic in Practice II

Hist 1004        Introduction to Myanmar Civilizations II

IR 1004           Introduction to International Relations II

Psy 1008         Understanding Human Interaction

Eco 1002         Principles of Macroeconomics

Geog1004        Geography of Myanmar

OS 1007          Pali Literature

AM 1002          Aspects of Myanmar


Foundation Course

Eng 2001         English

Core Courses

Law 2101        Myanmar Customary Law I

Law 2102        Law of Contract

Law 2103        Labour Law

Elective Courses   (For Law Specialization )

(One subject to be chosen)

Law 2104        Law Relating to Sale of Goods

Law 2105        Principles of Legal Profession

(One subject to be chosen )
Eng 2003         Developing Communicative Skills I
Phil 2004         Philosophy of Law I
IR 2002           Elements of Political Institutions I
Eco 2001         Macroeconomics
Elective Courses  ( For other Specializations )
Law 2001        Study of Law (CU – 3 For IR)
Law 2002        Law and Justice I (For Political Science)



Foundation Course

Eng 2002         English

Core Courses

Law 2106        Myanmar Customary Law II

Law 2107        Law of Tort

Law 2108        Land Law

Elective Courses  (For Law Specialization )

(One subject to be chosen)

Law 2109        Negotiable Instruments Act

Law 2110        Law of Banking

(One subject to be taken)

Eco 2002         International Trade

Eng 2004         Developing Communicative Skills II

Phil 2009         Philosophy of Law II

IR 2004           Elements of Political Institutions II

Elective Courses  (For other Specializations )

Law 2003        Business Law (Commerce + B Act)

Law 2004        Law and Justice II (For Political Science)

Law 2005        ASEAN Documents

Law 2006        Introduction to International Law (For IR)


Foundation Course

Eng 3001         English

Core Courses

Law 3101        Criminal Law

Law 3102        Public International Law I

Law 3103        Business Law I

Elective Courses   (For Law Specialization)

(One subject to be taken)

Law 3104        Conflict of Laws

Law 3105        Law of Banking

(One subject to be taken)

Psy 3001         Crime and Psychology I

Eng3003          Communicative Skills (Advanced)

Eng 3006         Translation

Eco 3001         Introduction to Economics of Development

IR 3002           Current Issues in International Relations

Elective Courses  (For other Specializations)

Law 3001             ILO Convention)

Law 3002                   International Law I (4 CU For IR)

Law 3003                   General Principles of International Law (For PS)

MS 3105                    Customary Law of Myanmar (4 Cu For MS)

Mgt 3101                    Business Law

CL 3001                      Commercial Law I

BM 3107                    Business Law I

PP                               Administration Law I

ES 3101                     Environmental Law

AS 3003                      Legal Framework on ASEAN I



Foundation Course

Eng 3002         English

Core Courses

Law 3106        Criminal Procedure Code

Law 3107        Human Rights Law

Law 3108        Business Law II

Elective Courses (For Law Specialization)

(One subject to be taken)

Law 3109        Law of Insurance

Law 3110        Law of Treaties

Elective Courses (One subject to be taken)

Psy 3002         Crime and Psychology II

Eco 3002         International Finance

Eng 3004         Developing Communicative Skills

IR 3004           Current Issues in International Relations II

Elective Courses (For other Specializations)

Law 3004/Law 3204                        Legal Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (For LI)

Law 3005/Law 3205 (1stYr Hon.)   International Law II  (4 CU for IR)

Law 3006/Law 3206 (1stYr Hon.)  International Human Rights Law (For P S)

Law 3007/Law 3207                           Business and Human Rights (3Cu for BDevS) (Eco)

BM 3108                                             Business Law II (For UDE)

PP 3002/PP 3202                                Public Administration Law II

AS 3006/ AS 3206                              Legal Framework on ASEAN II


Core Courses

Law 4101        Constitutional Law

Law 4102        Civil Procedure Code I

Law 4103        Revenue Law I

Law 4104        Law of International Institutions I

Elective Courses 

Law 4105        Environmental Law

Law 4106        International Economic Law

Law 4107        Child Law of Myanmar

Elective Courses  (For Other Specializations)

Law 4001/Law 4201(2nd Yr. Hons)    World Constitutions (For IR)

Law 4002/Law 4202 (2nd Yr. Hons)   Administrative Law (For IR)

AS 4003/Law 4203                             Constitutions of ASEAN Countries I

BS 4002                                              Business Law (EPP)




Core Courses

Law 4108        Administrative Law

Law 4109        Civil Procedure Code II

Law 4110        Revenue Law II

Law 4111        Law of International Institutions II

Elective Courses

Law 4112        Law of the Sea

Law 4113        Transport Law

Law 4114        Intellectual Property Law

Elective Courses (For Other Specializations)

Law 4003/Law 4203      (2nd Yr. Hons)          International Environmental Law (For IR)

Law 4004/Law 4204    (2nd Yr. Hons)            International Human Rights Law (For IR)

Law 4005                                                        Law of Contract (3 CU for BDevS) (Eco)

ES   4110 (4th Yr.)/4210(2nd Yr. Hons)           Enforcement of Environmental Law (4 Cu)

AS  4006/AS 4206                                          Constitutions of ASEAN Countries II

MS 4109/MS 4209                                          Practical Aspects of Myanmar Customary Law


Core Courses

Law     5101   Law of Evidence I

Law     5102 Shipping Law I

Law     5103   Military Law

Elective Courses

Law     5104   Comparative Law

Law     5105   Criminology

Law     5106   International Humanitarian Law

Elective Courses (For Other Specializations)

Law     5001/Law 5201 (3rdYr.Hons)              Law of World Institutions I  (For IR)

Law     5002/Law 5202 (3rdYr.Hons)              Law of Treaties I

ES       5206 (3rd Yr. Hons, Qualifying)          Environmental Law and International


AS       5003                                                   ASEAN Economic Agreements I



Core courses

Law 5107        Law of Evidence II

Law 5108        Shipping Law II

Law 5109        Civil Litigation

Elective Courses

Law 5110        Constitutions of ASEAN Countries

Law 5111        Law of Commercial Arbitration

Law 5112        International Air and Space Law

Elective Courses (For IR Student)

Law 5003/ Law 5203 (3rd Yr. Hons)  Law of World Institutions II (For IR)

Law 5004 / Law 5204 (3rd Yr. Hons) Law of Treaties II

Elective Courses(For Other Specialization)

 AS 5006                                             ASEAN Economic Agreements  II

PA 5104 (Final YrHons; BBA,         Administrative Law (For Applied Economics)

Qualifying BBA/BDevS)

MS 5212                                             Family Laws in Myanmar (For MS)