Doctorate in Legal Sciences


Program Description

The Doctorate in Legal Sciences was created in 2007, in order to encourage academic debate and the consolidation of an academic community in Colombia and Latin America. The main objective of the Doctorate is to strengthen the abilities of students to carry out rigorous research, generate knowledge in the area of legal sciences and propose approaches and innovative solutions to the problems of contemporary society, locally and globally. In the development of the mission of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana , we seek that the research of the doctoral students generate impact in the country and the region, contributing to the achievement of a just, sustainable, inclusive, democratic, solidary and respectful of human dignity society.

General information

  • Degree awarded: Doctor of Legal Sciences.
  • Face-to-face modality. The doctorate requires a full-time dedication.
  • SNIES: 53471
  • Estimated duration: Ten (10) Semesters. Minimum 3 years and maximum 5 years.
  • Qualified registry resolution: Resolution 22907 of December 31, 2014, valid until December 31, 2021.
  • Registration fee: $ 17,365,000 / Semester *
  • Type of training: Postgraduate
  • Place where it is offered: Bogotá DC

* The registration value corresponds to the cost per period fixed for the year 2019.


Phase I

  • Initial approach and final approach
    30 credits - 2 academic semesters

Phase II

  • Delimitation of the work hypothesis
    30 credits - 2 academic semesters

Phase III

  • Writing and presentation of the doctoral thesis
    50 credits - 2 to 6 academic semesters

Total number of credits: 110

Profile of the applicant

The Doctorate in Legal Sciences is aimed at professionals who are interested in strengthening the necessary skills to perform high level legal and social research, in order to analyze society's problems in the public and private sector. This program has an interdisciplinary approach, therefore it is aimed at lawyers and professionals from other areas of knowledge. The applicant must have:

  • Vocation for research.
  • Critical, reflective and creative capacity.
  • Skills to interact in diverse environments and accept constructive criticism.
  • Professional objectives that are articulated with the program.

Graduate profile

The Doctor in Legal Sciences has a solid integral formation as a legal and social researcher, which allows him to lead and develop projects for the construction of legal knowledge taking into account ethical standards and commitment to society. The graduate of the Doctorate is able to formulate innovative solutions to the critical problems of society in the local and global context, due to the skills acquired to carry out rigorous research based on different methods and approaches.

What do our graduates do?

Our graduates are prepared to consolidate an academic or professional career in universities, research centers, public or private organizations, non-governmental organizations, and international agencies or institutions that require analytical and research skills.

Our differentials

  • Global Focus
    We seek that students develop skills to investigate and produce knowledge in the context of a highly interconnected and globalized world.
  • Personal pedagogy
    We offer students the opportunity to explore their specific research questions and deepen the study of the most effective methods to address them. Our cohorts are of maximum five students.
  • Interdisciplinarity
    We propose to integrate concepts and methodologies from different disciplines to achieve a more complex approach to the legal phenomenon.
  • High quality teachers
  • The Faculty of Legal Sciences is made up of professors who carry out doctrinal and dogmatic research, as well as professors who use tools from other disciplines and who include qualitative and quantitative research methods. The team of professors reflects our commitment to the study of Law from diverse approaches.
  • The community of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
    64 departments and 14 institutes.
  • The global networks of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
    The University belongs to the network of more than 180 universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus, which facilitates student mobility agreements with other universities around the world.
  • Double degree agreement with the Doctorate in the State of Law and Global Governance of the University of Salamanca.


The admission process of the University is based on three groups of criteria: Attitude, Skills and / or Knowledge. Of which each of the candidates will be evaluated through the activities established by the program, such as: interview, specific tests, among others (depends on each program). The applicant initiates the process of registration to the program through the registration form.

In the following table you will see the specific value for each criterion group and its specific activities:


* In the activity referred to the exam you can choose one of the related exams.

Each of the criteria groups Attitude, Skill and Knowledge will have specific activities to be evaluated and these activities in turn will have a specific value. Remember that an activity can appear repeated in different criteria, but this does not mean that you should repeat it for each of them. In the Knowledge criterion you can find several exams, of which you can choose for your admission process.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1623, it is a Catholic university, recognized by the Colombian government, which aims to serve the human community, especially Colombia, seeking to establish a more ... Read More

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1623, it is a Catholic university, recognized by the Colombian government, which aims to serve the human community, especially Colombia, seeking to establish a more civilized, more educated and juster society, inspired by Gospel values. Read less
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