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A PhD Law degree prepares individuals to become leaders in legal, judiciary, government and business fields. This is a smart way to seek a career in a legal field through research and academics.

One of the Post Graduate academic degrees that are awarded by the Universities is the Doctor of Philosophy; abbreviated as PhD. Depending on the time periods for entry-level degrees and other factors, PhD programs vary from one country to another as well as from institution to the other. With the attainment of the degree, you earn the academic title of a Doctor. The courses are available to all students who meet minimum requirements worldwide.

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PhD Research Degrees in Law

SOAS University of London
Campus Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London

The School of Law accepts candidates for research work leading to a PhD. The central feature of PhD work is the close relationship between the doctoral candidate and his or her supervisor, in which they meet regularly and consult closely. This relationship is supported and strengthened in various ways. Every doctoral candidate has an adjunct supervisor, another member of staff with a close interest in the candidate’s region and/or subfield of the discipline. [+]

Part time PhD in Law Degrees 2017. Research Degrees in Law The School of Law accepts candidates for research work leading to a PhD. The central feature of PhD work is the close relationship between the doctoral candidate and his or her supervisor, in which they meet regularly and consult closely. This relationship is supported and strengthened in various ways. Every doctoral candidate has an adjunct supervisor, another member of staff with a close interest in the candidate’s region and/or subfield of the discipline. There is a research tutor with overall responsibility for doctoral candidates who is available for a discussion of general problems. In addition there are a number of other activities which contribute to a doctoral candidate’s work and training. All incoming MPhil/PhD candidates are required to take the School of Law’s Research Seminar Programme in their first year. Doctoral candidates are encouraged to contribute to the research activities of the department. Several of them are active in the various Research Centres run in the School of Law and are encouraged to participate in conferences and other projects organised by the department. The School of Law hosts Reading Groups, which doctoral candidates are encouraged to participate in. Doctoral candidates are expected to participate in the School of Law PhD Colloquium which is held once a year. The colloquium gives doctoral candidates the opportunity to present their research and progress to colleagues and staff. Many SOAS doctoral candidates spend some time doing field work in the regions of their research. The School, and other members of SOAS, through their various connections with individuals and institutions in the universities and governments of Asia and Africa, facilitate this work with personal contacts and introductions. The School’s language training facilities are also available to doctoral candidates to develop their facility in an appropriate language for research purposes. Applicants must normally have an advanced degree equivalent in level and content to the School of Law’s LLM or MA. Important notice: Doctoral students as of 2017/18 academic year will be required to completed Research Integrity Online Programme, as part of their upgrading requirement. The School of Law strictly observes the application deadline of 31 May for entry in September of the same year. Applications submitted after this date will be considered for entry in the following academic year. [-]

LLD in Doctors of Law

University of Johannesburg
Campus 2 - 4 years February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of this qualification is to let students demonstrate an ability to make an own, distinctive and novel contribution to the corpus of knowledge on a particular subject of legal study. [+]

The purpose of this qualification is to let students demonstrate an ability to make an own, distinctive and novel contribution to the corpus of knowledge on a particular subject of legal study. RULES OF ACCESS General The minimum entry requirement is an LLM degree (or equivalent qualification) at NQF level 8 or 9 and a minimum number of credits of 892. Candidates for admission to doctoral degrees in general need to have obtained their previous degree with an average mark of at least 65%. The Board of the Faculty may require students to submit to an oral examination on set study material to demonstrate their competence for doctoral research before they are admitted to the qualification. The relevant Head of Department may permit an applicant to register as a student for purposes of receiving guidance with, and use the facilities of the University for, the preparation of a research proposal. This does not create an expectation that the student will be admitted to doctoral studies and such registration is provisional pending the approval of the admission of the student by the Board of the Faculty of Law. The Board of the Faculty of Law approves the admission of the student and recommends to the Senate Higher Degrees Committee of the University the title of the thesis and the supervisor(s) on the basis of academic merit of the student; prior qualifications obtained by the student; the merit of the research proposal submitted to the Board; and the availability and competence of a member of faculty to promote the study. RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING Through recognition of prior learning, a student may gain access, or advanced placement, or recognition of status, on condition that he/she continues his/her studies at this University. For more information refer to the Faculty Regulations booklet available online, ASSESSMENT General Integrated assessment, focusing on the achievement of the exit-level outcomes, will be done. Students are assessed on their ability to demonstrate an interpretative, problem-sensitive understanding – based on research of stated law and scholarly writings – of the fundamental legal principles underlying the subject-matter of the thesis; an ability to communicate this understanding accurately, systematically and lucidly; and the competency to utilise this understanding to develop these principles into theoretical constructs applied to areas of knowledge not yet explored or integrated into the relevant field of law, and thereby to generate novel solutions to recognised problems. Assessment, therefore, strongly focuses on an exhibition of specialised knowledge and the ability of students to make an own, distinctive and original contribution to the knowledge on the subject of study. Assessment is based on the principles of continuous and regular assessment and complete and prompt feedback. Assessment consists of two components: formative assessment and summative assessment. Formative assessment practices Formative assessment is aimed at the development of a life-long learning culture based on continuous self-study and at the preparation of students for writing a quality thesis. In the course of the writing of the thesis, the student is required to take part in a number of seminar discussions on subjects relating to the research topic. The purpose is to give the student an opportunity to present and defend the research proposal to assess the student’s understanding of the field of study and his/her ability to communicate effectively on problem areas and issues related to the research topic and to encourage peer and self-assessment. In addition, the student is stimulated and encouraged by his/her participation in discourse on the field of study and, particularly, the thesis. The student must present the results of the research projects and simultaneously justify the originality of the thesis in a final seminar discussion. Throughout, regular meetings between students and their promoters take place during which all aspects pertaining to the preparation for the oral examination, the research topic, the conducting of the research, and the writing and finalisation of the thesis are discussed. The promoter assesses the student continuously and, equally important, guides him/her through the process. Summative assessment As part of the requirements for completion of the degree a formal oral examination must be passed before the student formally embarks on the writing of the thesis. The oral examination serves to assess the student’s ability to engage in the type of research, and the writing of the thesis, required for this qualification The candidate may be exempted from the examination by the Board of the Faculty of Law on the ground of the candidate having passed oral or written examinations in respect of a previously obtained qualification which adequately assessed the candidate’s ability to engage in the type of research to be undertaken and the writing of the thesis. Summative assessment is finalised when the final thesis is assessed as provided for in the Academic Regulations and the Higher Degrees and Postgraduate Assessment Policy. Each assessor must submit a written report, assessing the substantive content and the formal presentation of the thesis. The qualification is obtained if the thesis is accepted. As a further demonstration of the student’s ability in this regard, the student is required to submit a publishable article based on the thesis that may, at the discretion of the study leader, be submitted for publication in a law journal under the name of the student or the names of both the student and the study leader. PASS REQUIREMENTS To obtain the qualification, the thesis must be accepted. CURRICULUM The minimum period of study for the LLD degree is two years. The maximum period of study for the LLD degree is four years. Extension of this period will only be entertained in exceptional circumstances and will be dealt with in accordance with the Higher Degrees and Postgraduate Studies Policy. The curriculum comprises a thesis, being an original contribution to the knowledge of and insight into the subject. The student must also submit a publishable article based on his/her thesis that may, at the discretion of the promoter, be submitted for publication in a law journal under the authorship of the student or both the student and the promoter. The LLD degree is offered in the following specialisation fields: Administrative Law Civil Procedural Law Constitutional Law Criminal Law Criminal Procedural Law Human Rights Indigenous Law International Law Interpretation of Statutes Jurisprudence Law of Evidence Mercantile Law Private International Law Private Law Roman Law Social Security Law For further information and enquiries regarding entry requirements, closing dates and the application procedure, as well as the substance of the coursework, contact the faculty: Mrs P Magongoa: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus Tel: 011 559 3843 , Email: , Web: [-]

Global Ph.D. Programme

Católica Global School of Law
Campus 8 semesters October 2017 Portugal Lisbon

The new Ph.D. programme sets out to create a real research community of scholars whose work is monitored and guided by the best international standards in the field. [+]

Part time PhD in Law Degrees 2017. Global Ph.D. Programme The new Ph.D. programme sets out to create a real research community of scholars whose work is monitored and guided by the best international standards in the field. WHY A GLOBAL PH.D. PROGRAMME A fully-funded Ph.D. programme Católica Global School of Law is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the Global Ph.D. Programme. Admitted candidates receive a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend calculated to cover their living expenses as doctoral students in Lisbon. Following a public tender among doctoral programs across disciplines, the Programme was selected by an international panel of experts for comprehensive funding by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Focused on law in a global context and with English as the working language, the degree builds on the huge success of Católica's LL.M. programmes. An extremely selective group of students will be recruited each year from among the world's brightest to join Católica Global School of Law as Ph.D. students. Doctoral candidates will gain direct access to the stellar faculty that teach at Católica Global School of Law. They will benefit as well from an extensive set of exchange agreements and scientific protocols that Católica Global School of Law holds with high-profile law schools in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Ph.D. students are encouraged to spend at least a year abroad as visiting fellows at a partner institution and will be funded accordingly. The Global Ph.D. Programme embodies a new model of doctoral studies in law within continental Europe. The Programme honours the tradition of regarding the doctoral thesis as a substantial and original contribution to legal scholarship evidencing the ability of the candidate to conduct independent high-quality research. Unlike the traditional model, however, which relies exclusively on the willingness and natural ability of the candidate to produce a dissertation in an atmosphere of solitary intellectual confinement, the Programme sets out to create a real research community of scholars whose work is monitored and guided by the best international standards in the field. The aim of the programme is to attract a select group of talented young scholars dedicated exclusively to their doctoral studies and to enable them to write rigorous, readable, original, reasonably sized dissertations in four years. The doctorate is regarded as an early instead of an advanced step in a scholar’s career. Accordingly, the Programme is committed to over time transform the Law School into a credible supplier of junior academics to the global law teaching market, in addition to serving other functions — e.g., as a supplier of highly qualified and sophisticated public servants, lawyers and legal consultants — which doctorates in law naturally lend themselves to. PROGRAMME INFORMATION The Global Ph.D. Programme in Law is divided into two stages: the two-semester PhD course corresponding to 60 ECTS and the six-semester dissertation preparation stage corresponding to 180 ECTS. The aim of the PhD course is to prepare the candidate to produce a thesis proposal [30 ECTS]. Students are required to take three mandatory courses at this stage: a semester-long Methodology Seminar [10 ECTS], a semester-long Research Workshop [10 ECTS], and the year-long Scientific Debate Forum [10 ECTS]. The Methodology Seminar examines the nature of legal reasoning, the truth-conditions of legal argument, the history of legal thought and a variety of resources from other disciplines useful to the study of law. It is a ‘nuts and bolts’ course for researchers in the field. The Research Workshop is designed to enable doctoral candidates to articulate and to implement a research proposal and to conduct forms of research relevant to the study of law in a global context, namely traditional library research, online research, and empirical research. The Scientific Debate Forum is held every two weeks; it consists in a paper presentation by a guest academic followed by a discussion open to the entire research community at the Law School and the Research Centre. Attendance of the Forum is mandatory for doctoral candidates with the aim of exposing them to cutting-edge legal scholarship in different fields of law and embroiling them in the culture of academic debate. The PhD course culminates with the thesis proposal, which is a document of no more than 63,000 characters identifying the proposed subject of the dissertation, explaining the methodology (or methodologies) adopted, containing a brief literature review, and outlining the building blocks of the future thesis. The thesis proposal is assessed by a committee composed of the supervisor and two professors appointed by the Scientific Board of the Law School. Approval of the proposal moves the candidate into the second stage of the programme — preparing a dissertation. The curricular structure of the dissertation preparation stage is flexible, so as to suit the needs of each candidate. Each candidate and his/her supervisor, with the help of a Tutor, should decide what course of study is appropriate given the former’s goals and the subject of his/her thesis. In any case, the candidate is expected to report every year on the progress of his/her work and the supervisor should monitor closely and support the candidate throughout this stage. Mentoring of the students Mentorship is secured by a Tutor in the first stage of the programme and by the former and the Supervisor once the candidate proceeds to the second stage. The Tutor is chosen among the CGSL faculty. The Tutor’s role is to support and monitor Ph.D. candidates. In the first stage of the programme, the Tutor (i) meets each candidate to learn about his/her research agenda and to help him/her build a thesis proposal; (ii) directs him/her to faculty members who have published in the area; (iii) assists the candidate in selecting a pool of potential supervisors; (iv) suggests the attendance of courses, seminars, and conferences besides the formal curriculum that are likely to enrich the candidate’s knowledge and to lend greater focus to his/her research goals; (v) and answers the candidates’ queries and concerns about the curricular mechanics and the administrative structure of the programme. In sum, the Tutor personifies the institutional support that the Law School grants each candidate from the very first day into the programme. Supervisors are expected to monitor closely the work of their supervisees. To that effect, during the dissertation preparation stage candidates are expected to meet with their supervisors on a monthly basis to assess the candidate’s progress, to discuss texts and to test arguments, to devise research strategies, and to examine draft chapters of the thesis. Supervisors are expected to take responsibility for the candidate’s work and the latter should regard their supervisors as primary interlocutors throughout the dissertation preparation stage. International Collaboration CGSL has exchange agreements and scientific protocols with high-profile law schools around the globe. United States: Cornel law School, Duke Law School, University of Iowa College of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, University of Houston Law Center, Washington University in St. Louis Law School. Europe: University of Antwerp Faculty of Law, EBS Wiesbaden Law School, Fribourg University Law School, IE Law School, King’s College London – The Dickson Poon Law School, Leuven Faculty of Law – University of Maastricht, University of Oslo Faculty of Law, Tilburg Law School, School of Law – Utrecht University. Brazil: Escola de Direito da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (São Paulo) e Escola de Direito da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Rio de Janeiro). As part of an ongoing strategy to afford doctoral students state-of-the-art resources for research, CGSL forged partnerships with the law schools at the University of Michigan and the University of Georgetown, in the United States, to facilitate the admission of our Ph.D. candidates as Visiting Researchers to those law schools. CGSL also holds a special arrangement with Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands that enables our doctoral candidates to attend Ph.D. seminars offered there. SCHOLARSHIPS & TUITION FEES GLOBAL PHD PROGRAMME TUITION AND FEES - 2013 - 14 Application Fee: €150 Registration Fee: €385 First Semester Tuition: €1.925 50% to be paid until March, 3 2014: €962,50 50% to be paid until June, 3 2014: €962,50 Second Semester Tuition: €1.925 50% to be paid until September, 3 2014: €962,50 50% to be paid until December, 3 2014: €962,50 3rd to 8th Semesters(5 months each semester (€ 275 / month)): €8.250 Additional semesters until the submission of the thesis: €275/per month Submission of the thesis: €650 Total payments: € 13.560 APPLICATION INFO Only candidates who satisfy the following requirements will be considered for admission: 1.A basic law degree (LL.B., licenciatura, J.D., or equivalent) or, exceptionally, in a neighbouring discipline if the candidate’s purported research falls at the intersection of law and the discipline in question. 2.A master’s degree in law or, exceptionally, a pre-Bologna bachelor degree coupled with an outstanding academic record. 3.Proficiency in English certified by a TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the internet-based test, or an IELTS score of 7.0, obtained within two years prior to the application, or Cambridge’s Certificate of Proficiency in Englishwith a minimum grade of A. Completion of at least one substantial scholarly text, which may be a master’s thesis or a text of comparable scope. Applications should be submitted to the Admissions Office and should include the following: Official transcripts (in either English or Portuguese) issued by the higher education institution(s) that the candidate has attended. A curriculum vitae. A personal statement of no more than 1000 words explaining the candidate’s motives to attend the programme. A preliminary research proposal of no more than 3000 words. Two letters of recommendation. A substantial piece of scholarly writing, which may be a master’s thesis or a similar text. A completed application form. Photocopied or digital version of the applicant’s identification document. Three photos Proof of payment of the application fee. [-]

PhD/MPhil Law

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Part time 3 - 6  September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

The School of Law strives to promote research excellence among all of its scholars. We recognise that high-quality legal research may take many different forms, with a wide variety of legal research methods being employed in the numerous ongoing research projects within the school. [+]

PhD/MPhil Law A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research and is assessed by an oral examination and final thesis. A MPhil requires research skills and training similar to a PhD yet its scope and complexity are less than that required for a doctorate. The MPhil is assessed by the submission of a thesis. The School of Law strives to promote research excellence among all of its scholars. We recognise that high-quality legal research may take many different forms, with a wide variety of legal research methods being employed in the numerous ongoing research projects within the school. We are recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 as disseminating world class research of international significance, and are ranked 6th in terms of research power. Supervision expertise All doctoral students are allocated two research supervisors, who will have the appropriate topic and/or methodological expertise to support the research project being undertaken. The School of Law offers supervision for research degrees in most subject areas of law, and also for interdisciplinary projects which have a legal aspect. Candidates are asked to be aware that the school cannot guarantee that two appropriate supervisors may be found to oversee their project, as this is dependent upon the available capacity of colleagues in any given academic year. Our students The school currently has around 50 registered research students, who come from all over the world, and we actively seek to encourage and promote a vibrant and diverse community, not only from an academic perspective but also socially. The school takes the view that postgraduate research students and academics are all engaged in the same scholarly endeavours and can learn a great deal from each other. To this end, our doctoral students are actively encouraged to engage in the wider scholarly community of the school and play a full role in our research activities. While legal research is often an individual activity, many collaborative research activities, including co-authorship of publications, collaborations with visiting scholars, seminars, reading and discussion groups and distinguished visitors' seminars, take place in the school. Postgraduate research students are welcome to participate in all such activities. Moreover, our research students organise their own seminar series, through which they have the opportunity to present their research to their peers, as well as develop their professional research skills. Key features of the PhD programme A comprehensive induction to the school and social welcome event Annual Research Presentation Day which involves the participation of all research students, with all academic colleagues invited Compulsory Legal Research Methods module to support and embed methodological knowledge appropriate to research in the field of law An annual review of progress for monitoring and support purposes A minimum of ten supervision meetings per year for full-time students, and a minimum of six supervision meetings per year for part-time students Funding opportunities for conference, summer school and workshop attendance Opportunities to apply for teaching experience in the form of delivering undergraduate tutorials Access to free personal and professional development courses facilitated by the Graduate School Submission of a 100,000 word thesis which is assessed by a viva voce examination Entry requirements In order to be considered for entry onto our doctoral programme, candidates are required to have: an LLM degree (or appropriate alternative masters degree), for which an average of 65% was achieved for the taught stage, and the mark for the dissertation was 65% (or relevant international equivalent) AND an undergraduate degree (preferably in the field of law) for which a classification of at least a 2:1 was achieved (or relevant international equivalent) International and EU students are also required to meet the following English Language proficiency standards: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, and 6.0 in speaking and listening) OR Successful completion of the appropriate presessional English course delivered by the University's Centre of English Language Education Important Dates for Applications The School of Law's deadline for receiving applications for September 2017 entry onto the PhD programme is 30 June 2017. However, applicants are strongly advised to submit applications as early as possible. It should be noted that applications received by 31 January 2017 will be given priority consideration in the admissions process. The School of Law offers a number of scholarships to PhD candidates each year. All full-time applications (Home/EU/International) received for a place on our Research Degrees Programme by 31 January 2017 will automatically be considered for School of Law funding; unless a scholarship has already been awarded to the candidate by another funding body. Facilities School facilities The School of Law has its own dedicated office for PhD students. Students have 24-hour access to a private study space, each with its own computer, lockable desk space and access to unlimited free printing. Library facilities The Hallward Library, which is conveniently located directly opposite the Law and Social Sciences building, has its own dedicated section for law resources, providing an extensive range of textbooks, journals, reports and other resources. Students are also entitled to 40 free inter-library loan vouchers per academic year, which allow them to obtain loans from other libraries and institutions. The Graduate School The Graduate School is a unique facility that focuses on postgraduate education and represent the needs of postgraduate students within the University. It provides a world class research training and development environment for postgraduates and early career researchers. The Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre is a space exclusively for postgraduate students and research staff in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. It offers networked computer stations and Wi-Fi access for laptops, a study area, a social area with comfortable seating, a quiet study zone, and kitchen facilities. Doctoral Training Centre The Nottingham Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC DTC) is one of just 21 centres to receive accreditation by the Economic and Social Research Council and supports students to undertake cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The Centre offers advanced training opportunities to postgraduate social science researchers. Research support School support The School of Law has a multi-faceted approach to supporting students within the department. All postgraduate research students are allocated a Postgraduate Student Advisor (PSA), who will be a member of academic staff with detailed knowledge of the doctoral programme and supervision process. Students will meet with their PSA regularly throughout their study period, with the purpose of the PSA acting as a source of confidential support for any problems you may be experiencing throughout your studies. In addition to the PSA, students are welcome to contact either of the Co-Directors of the Research Degrees Programme for support at any point. The Postgraduate Programmes Manager for the School of Law is also a point of contact for students experiencing difficulties, and is responsible for providing all students with pastoral care during their studies. More generally, day-to-day administrative and procedural queries can be directed to either the Postgraduate Programmes Administrator or the Postgraduate Programmes Manager, who provide constant support to students with all non-academic matters. Supervisors also act as an important source of support. Throughout the duration of your studies you will develop a strong working relationship with your supervisors, and they will provide you with the assistance and support needed to ensure that you succeed in achieving the doctorate. Funding support The school has a generous fund to assist research students with expenses incurred in connection with their research work, such as attendance at conferences and workshops, and field trips for data collection or to access specific resources. Each research student has their own allocated fund to support them for the duration of their registered studies. In addition to the allocated funding, our postgraduate research students have the opportunity to apply for other school funding, such as the JC Smith and Reuben Lipmann Travelling Scholarships, and our Postgraduate Fund For Short Courses in Europe which offers financial support for attendance at a range of different summer schools. Training The School of Law provides a one-semester module in Legal Research Methods, which is compulsory for all PhD students in the autumn term of their first year. This module considers the diverse spectrum of legal scholarship and methodologies. Students will refresh or enhance their legal research skills and receive training in a range of research methods and techniques. On completion it is expected that students should be able to: identify various approaches to legal scholarship and characterise their own research interests and scholarship apply research skills and methods, including being able to use, interpret and locate legal sources, as is necessary to address a research topic design and write a research proposal and evaluate it Postgraduate research students are also encouraged, where appropriate, to undertake any of the modules offered as part of the school's thriving LLM programme, which is one of the most extensive LLM Programmes in the UK. The University is an advocate of Vitae's Researcher Development Framework, and as such, we provide a significant amount of opportunities for students to develop on both a personal and professional level. Students are able to subscribe to the Researcher Development Framework Planner which allows them to map the training they have undertaken against the core competencies and behaviours needed in order to be a successful career researcher, so that they can take ownership of their own developmental needs and identify areas in which further training may be required. Bespoke courses (both online and face-to-face) are offered to target areas such as methodological training, presentation skills, understanding the doctorate process, preparing for the viva and much more. All students will undertake a Training Needs Analysis with their supervisors upon commencing the programme, so that relevant opportunities for development can be identified. Teaching opportunities Research students in their second and third year of study are given the opportunity to apply to undertake paid undergraduate tutorial teaching. The Graduate School provides training courses on teaching methods for research students involved in teaching. The availability of teaching opportunities does depend on the subjects for which teaching is needed in any particular year, as well as the student's academic background. Because of this teaching opportunities cannot be guaranteed. Student Services Student Services provide a range of support, information and specialist services to enhance your student experience and form part of a comprehensive network of services at the University designed to support you throughout your studies, including academic and disability support, counselling, financial support, and childcare services. International Office Our International Office is dedicated to the needs of our international and EU students. The International Office will ensure you have all the information you need to live and study at Nottingham and offers a Welcome Programme just before the start of the academic year. Centre for English Language Education The University's Centre for English Language Education (CELE) provides high-quality preparation and English language support before and during your studies, as well as providing a social programme for its students. Students' Union The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre. Researcher Development Programme Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They also deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their Researcher Development Programme. This means that as well as helping you to develop your research skills, you will have opportunities spanning communication skills, careers, time management, and entrepreneurship - and the chance to meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines. Careers Average starting salary and career progression Over 94% of our postgraduates who were available for work entered employment or further study within the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for a Nottingham taught masters student is £23,082 with the highest salary being £48,000.* According to the Postgraduate Premium report, there is a significant wage premium for those with postgraduate qualifications. Students who take on postgraduate study earn an average of £200,000 more over their working life than those without a postgraduate qualification.** Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country. *Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14. **Postgraduate Premium, The Sutton Trust - February 2013. Career prospects and employability Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond. Services available include: Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers Over 700 careers events held each academic year A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates Once you are a student with us, and even after you graduate, you will have access to our service for life. Flexible paid placements Postgraduate Placements Nottingham offers flexible paid placements with a range of employers from small local businesses to multinational organisations. These placements are open to all postgraduates and are designed to fit in with your studies and give you the opportunity to learn transferable skills, improve your CV and enhance your employment prospects during your postgraduate studies. Entry requirements 2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences. In addition to this, candidates are required to have an LLM (or masters in an appropriate alternative subject) with a taught average of 65%, as well as a mark of 65% on the dissertation. IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, and 6.0 in speaking and listening. If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available [-]

Doctoral programme in Law Science

Turiba University
Campus 3 years September 2017 Latvia Riga

One of the first written code of laws in the world history had been developed during the rule of Babylonian king Hammurabi in 18th century B.C. [+]

Part time PhD in Law Degrees 2017. Useful - Professionals who are involved in the study process – experts of the Latvian Council of Sciences, lecturers of partner-higher education institutions (HEI). - One of the first written code of laws in the world history had been developed during the rule of Babylonian king Hammurabi in 18th century B.C. DEGREE: Academic Doctor’s degree in legal sciences (Dr. iur.) DURATION OF STUDIES: 3 Academic Years STUDY PROGRAMME: in English or Latvian CAREER: you have an opportunity to work as the leading researcher in a scientific institution; if you want to work in education institution, you can be a candidate of academic position of lecturer or professor; you can become a sworn advocate without passing examination of advocate which is determined by article 14 of the Advocacy Law of the Republic of Latvia; you have an opportunity to become a scientific expert in legal sciences of the Latvian Council of Science. MAIN AREAS OF STUDIES Main areas of studies in the following sub-sectors of legal science are: Theory and History of law, Civil law, Criminal law, State law, International law. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS STUDY PROGRAMME? In the 1st Academic Year under the supervision of field professors you will analyse problems in the area of law theory and history. The focus will be on the current issues of material and procedural law in the areas of administrative, administrative procedural, criminal, criminal procedural, civil, civil procedural, intellectual property and international law. In the 2nd Academic Year you will continue doing research of problems in all legal disciplines; you will solve current issues of the chosen legal disciplines. PhD students will have to take part in the development of bachelor and master programmes, acquire skills to carry out academic activity by lecturing, supervising diploma papers and master thesis. While developing doctoral thesis, PhD students will acquire skills and competences to use scientific research methods. In the 3rd academic Year you will pay attention to terminology and development of scientific researches. According to the PhD requirements, you will continue researches studied in previous years which will be presented in international scientific conferences, results of scientific researches will be published in internationally recognized scientific journals. Development of doctoral thesis results in prepared conclusions and suggestions for theoretical and practical solution of current problem in legal sciences. REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH PROPOSAL (WHEN APPLYING FOR PHD PROGRAMME) Scientific research article is required from Applicant to Doctoral(PhD) Studies as one of the documents required to admit. The purpose of the research article to is twofold: From one side it is necessary for University to understand what are the research objectives of the Applicant. Article is used to understand what is the scientific are of research student is willing to pursue. Moreover University is willing to understand the degree to which the scientific research has been done so far. From other side research article is important also for Student – showing the academic field of interest, purpose of possible PhD Thesis (evolving from this article), problem area to be discovered and scientific abilities of student. The article has to be viewed as your business card – introducing your interests and possible topic of PhD Thesis. The article has to be designed according to international requirements for scientific paper. Based on scientific article the Admittance committee will make decision concerning possible admittance of Student. Scientific article have to contain 5 parts – Introduction, Theoretical part, Contribution of Author and conclusions, list of references. [-]

PhD in Environmental Law

Charles University Faculty of Law
Campus Part time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The aim of study is to broaden and deepen PhD candidates' knowledge of theoretical foundations in the field of environmental law, both through studying environmental issues and related theoretical issues of public law as a general foundation of the field. [+]

The aim of study is to broaden and deepen PhD candidates' knowledge of theoretical foundations in the field of environmental law, both through studying environmental issues and related theoretical issues of public law as a general foundation of the field. At the same time, the study should help PhD candidates to get a better orientation in the flexible discipline of environmental law with its frequent legislative changes. The study programme is based on providing orientation in the systems of international law, European Union law, Czech domestic law, with a possibility to employ both theoretical and practical knowledge of legal comparison. Theoretical knowledge gained during the study programme should serve the candidates as a starting point for dealing with particular issues chosen as their doctoral thesis topic. As far as its content is concerned, the thesis should aim at discussing theoretical legal issues and their possible practical application. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination is oral, English is the language of the interview in the case of application for the doctoral programme taught in English. Admission of a particular applicant will be decided by the Dean. The Dean appoints the examination board, whose task is to establish whether the applicant´s scope of knowledge and wider information contexts of the chosen branch are sufficient. Admission exam verifies: a) intellectual abilities to study the chosen branch and necessary prerequisites for autonomous scholarly work. Knowledge to be proven during the interview should cover at least the scope of the final state examination in the Master´s study programme; in the case of branches not covered by the state examination, the scope of knowledge should be at least within the requirements for the regular examination. The examination board will primarily consider the scope of the applicant´s published scholarly and academic writings (according to the applicant´s list of published or unpublished papers attached to the application); their achievements in the student research projects, their participation in, and presentations at scientific conferences; references by the advisor and reviewer of their defended Master´s thesis; their engagement in the specific university research; their grant projects activities (standard grants, junior grants); b) quality of a 7-8 page outline of the intended dissertation thesis corresponding to the Programme of the Development of Scholarly Branches at Charles University (PRVOUK); the outline contains the objective of the intended dissertation and the status of the branch at issue as well as an expected contribution of the doctoral thesis to the field under consideration. The outline of the dissertation is within the scope of topics assigned for doctoral thesis by individual departments of the Law Faculty; the selection of an individual topic with the consent of the branch guarantor is permitted. A brief record of the course of the Examination shall be taken by the Examination Board, evaluating the candidate's level of knowledge in accordance with letter a) above, and also the quality of the submitted project of the candidate's doctoral thesis in accordance with letter b) above. The record will state whether it is or is not recommended to admit the candidate to be enrolled in the study programme. The recommendation may take into consideration another professional activity of the candidate that is in connection with the chosen field of study (publications in particular). Conditions for admission The admission procedure is commenced upon filing the application (timely submission of the application including all the parts and supplements). It is required that the applicant has properly completed the Master's Study Programme and has successfully passed the admission interview. Information on the exercise of graduates This study programme attempts to form personalities with deep knowledge of their chosen field of study and theoretical background mainly in the field of environmental law. Both their ability of independent creative work in the field of environmental law and their ability to apply their professional theoretical background should form an important part of their profile. [-]

Doctor of Legal Science (Research)

Bond University
Campus 156 weeks January 2017 Australia Robina

The Doctor of Legal Science (Research) program is a combination of coursework (two semesters) and a 50,000 word thesis (two to seven semesters). The research element of the program must be a significant contribution to the knowledge or understanding of an aspect of law. [+]

Part time PhD in Law Degrees 2017. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants must have a Master of Laws degree, or a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree with an Honours average of at least 75 per cent or an equivalent grade elsewhere. An applicant may be required to satisfy the Dean that they have the appropriate level of research skills to undertake the qualification, which includes writing a thesis of between 50,000 and 80,000 words. Admission is on the basis of an approved research proposal and availability of appropriate supervision. Applicants are required to complete up to six subjects listed under the Master of Laws before undertaking the thesis component of the degree. Alternatively, admission may be awarded through transferring from the Master of Laws coursework to the thesis component of the research. Applicants will have achieved an average of at least 75 per cent in the Master of Laws coursework. PROGRAM STRUCTURE Applicants must complete: Up to six electives chosen from the subjects listed under Master of Laws. A written research thesis of between 50,000 - 80,000 words (depending upon the number of electives undertaken), which represents a substantial contribution to the exposition, knowledge and understanding of the field of study and which demonstrates a capacity for independent research. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION This program is a doctoral-level degree. It is possible to elect to do fewer subjects in exchange for writing a longer thesis (approximately 5000 words are added to the thesis length for each subject dropped). [-]

Ph.D. in European and International Law

Palacky University
Campus Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Czech Republic Olomouc

Ph.D. programme is a post-graduate study-programme that combines an advanced law formation and research in European and International law. Tuition and research is supervised by internationally experienced academics. [+]

Key features 3 years (6 semesters) full-time or up to 5 years part-time (distance study) programme challenging degree programme in European and International law close contact with professors stimulating environment scholarship and grant opportunities for outstanding students Programme overview Ph.D. programme is a post-graduate study-programme that combines an advanced law formation and research in European and International law. Tuition and research is supervised by internationally experienced academics. Students will acquire a deep understanding of European and international law. They also have an opportunity to choose from a variety of specialised subjects reflecting research interest of individual students. Due to this unique combination of international and European law formation students are well theoretically equipped to conduct a contextual and in-depth research. Next to the theoretical focus the programme offers courses on research methods, conduct of independent academic research and presentation of outcomes. Students may also have teaching responsibilities. Research topics focus especially on the following areas: European Union Law (e.g. various issues of EU Constitutional Law, EU Economic Law, EU Social Law, EU Migration Law, EU External Relations, EU Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership, European Human rights, EU Judicial System, application of EU Law in national legal systems, esp. by constitutional courts, etc.) Public International Law (e.g. various aspects of general international law, e.g. responsibility, non-state actors in international law, or specific areas, such as International Human Rights Law, Law on the Use of Force, Law of Armed Conflict, Law of International Organisations, International Humanitarian Law) Private International Law (Including arbitration). The postgraduate students are encouraged to participate in various conferences and workshops organised by the Faculty of Law or at other academic and research institutions. Excellent students may be supported by University scholarships and grants. How to apply Application deadline: June, 17 Complete the online Application Form at: After filling in the online application form, upload and submit the following documents: Structured Curriculum Vitae (signed) Certified copy of Master´s degree diploma in law or similar field of study. You are also eligible to apply during the last year of your current study programme, provided you obtain your final degree and submit a certified copy before 30 September of the respective year. Official academic transcripts and certificates from the University (or a certified copy) Letter of Motivation Letter of Recommendation – from a professor or an academic who can assess applicant’s ability and motivation to enrol in the program Proof of English language competence (CEFR level B2) – to be proven by English language certificates (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE) or documents about previous university studies in English language Passport Copy of valid passport or European ID card – a photocopy of the page with a photograph and personal data Dissertation project proposal – the proposal of 1,000-1,500 words must define the theoretical or empirical research field of the dissertation project, overall aim of the research, state-of-the art discussion of theory and research in the area, suggested methodological approach, and bibliography Additional documentation (if relevant) – proofs of professional activity in the chosen field of study (such as conference participation, non-degree study, publications, etc.). All the documents stated above (accompanied by a certified translation to Czech or English, if not originally in one of these languages) must be submitted by the deadline also as officially authenticated hard copies by regular mail, express mail or registered mail to the International Relations Office of the Faculty of Law. Pay the application fee of CZK 580 (equivalent in EUR) online or by a bank transfer. You will be invited for an entrance examination. The entrance examination consists of an interview, at which the applicant presents the dissertation project before board of professors. In case of international students the Faculty of Law may decide on the admission on the basis of submitted documents. However, additionally a skype interview may be required. Research and development Key activities in the program are carried out by the Department of International and European Law which ranks among leading research institutes in the field. The programme is enriched by expertise from other departments (Department of Political Science, Department of Constitutional Law) and via an extensive research network with various research and academic institutions across Europe. Members of this department cover a great number of fields in international and European law in their expertise. Ongoing and past activities include research projects supported by the European Commission, the European Social Fund, the Czech Science Foundation, the International Visegrad Fund, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Palacký University in Olomouc (IGA). Besides research activities, the department engages in numerous tuition-support projects whose purpose is to maintain excellence in legal tuition and formation at the Faculty of Law. Ongoing and past activities include projects supported by the European Commission (e.g. Jean Monnet Modules), the European Social Fund, the University Development Fund (established by the Czech Ministry of Education), and Palacký University Development Fund (established by the University). [-]

LL.M. to S.J.D

UConn School of Law
Campus September 2017 USA Hartford

The LL.M. to S.J.D. Program is intended for individuals who have demonstrated evidence of superior scholarly potential and who are engaged in, or plan to pursue, careers in academia, government service, or the judiciary. [+]

Part time PhD in Law Degrees 2017. The LLM to SJD Program is intended for individuals who have demonstrated evidence of superior scholarly potential and who are engaged in, or plan to pursue, careers in academia, government service, or the judiciary. Candidates accepted into the Program must have the ability to conduct sustained and original academic or professional research at a high intellectual level, culminating in the submission of a doctoral dissertation. With rare exceptions, we are unlikely to admit any more than one or two candidates per academic year, in order to ensure sufficient attention for the demanding task of successfully completing a doctoral dissertation. In rendering admissions decisions, preference is given to the Law School’s own LL.M. graduates, although applications from external candidates are welcome. S.J.D. candidates are expected to spend the first two academic semesters of the Program in residence at the Law School. Because all candidates will have completed an LL.M., however, there is no other required coursework apart from the S.J.D. dissertation. Admission To be eligible for admission to the LLM to SJD Program, an applicant must: - have obtained or be enrolled in a program leading to the equivalent of an advanced law degree (normally an LL.M.) from either an accredited law school within the United States or a recognized university outside of the United States, which advanced degree must be obtained prior to matriculation in the S.J.D. program meet the English Language Requirements for S.J.D. Admissions set out below; and - obtain the agreement of a UConn Law School full-time faculty member to serve as the S.J.D. dissertation adviser (please include with your application the letter or email from that person evidencing that agreement). If you are an external applicant (i.e., someone who did not receive their J.D. or LL.M. from UConn School of Law), please contact the Director of the Graduate Program for assistance in fulfilling this requirement prior to submitting your application. Applicants should take note, as well, that it is the sense of the faculty of the School of Law that any candidate admitted into the S.J.D. program should normally: - have attained an overall GPA (or its equivalent) in the course of study leading their advanced law degree (normally an LL.M.) of at least 3.3/B+ with at least one grade of A- or higher, and have also completed an LL.M. thesis (or its equivalent) attaining an “Honors” designation (or its equivalent); - or, in the alternative, have submitted evidence of outstanding professional achievement directly relating to the proposed topic of the dissertation that warrants admission in lieu of the academic standards. Such evidence must be specifically addressed in the personal statement and dissertation proposal and also reflected in LL.M. thesis (or its equivalent) that each applicant must submit as part of the application for admission into the program. English Language Requirement for S.J.D. Admissions Unless the applicant qualifies for an exemption as outlined below, any international applicant who earned his or her first law degree outside the U.S. must obtain a minimum TOEFL IBT® score of 95 or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0, in order to be considered for admission to the S.J.D. Program at the University of Connecticut School of Law. However, if the applicant meets this required minimum but does not attain a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL IBT® or 7.5 or higher on the IELTS, the applicant must further substantiate proficiency in English through additional evidence of English language skills. This substantiation must include, but is not limited to, a strong S.J.D. proposal in conjunction with an interview with an Admissions representative, conducted in-person, by phone, or online (using Skype or similar service). Tuition and Fees S.J.D. candidates are expected to spend the first two academic semesters of the Program in residence at the Law School, registered for “LAW7974 SJD Dissertation.” For each semester thereafter, until the completion of the Program, the candidate need not be in residence but must be registered for “LAW7976 SJD Continuous Registration.” Important Dates June 15, 2016 – Application Deadline for Fall Semester 2016 November 1, 2016 – Application Deadline for Spring Semester 2016 August 18, 2016 – Fall Semester Orientation [-]

PhD in International Law

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Campus 4 years September 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The PhD with a specialisation in International Law is a four-year programme offering high-level training that prepares graduates for academic careers or executive and research positions in the public or private sectors. [+]

The PhD with a specialisation in International Law is a four-year programme offering high-level training that prepares graduates for academic careers or executive and research positions in the public or private sectors. Students work closely with a world-renowned faculty composed of both academics and practitioners from many different legal traditions. Classes and seminars are offered in all areas of international law.



PhD with a specialisation in International Law


The Graduate Institute’s PhD with a specialisation in International Law is a challenging degree tailored for outstanding students with a strong commitment to international law and a proven ability in independent research work. It helps prepare graduates for an academic career, or for research-oriented positions in the public or private sector.... [-]

PhD in Law

China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)
Campus 3 years September 2017 China Beijing

The program is formally known as PhD in Law, majoring in International and Comparative Law. The program welcomes research proposals in a wide range of research areas, such ... [+]

PhD in Law

The program is formally known as PhD in Law, majoring in International and Comparative Law. The program welcomes research proposals in a wide range of research areas, such as international law, comparative law, commercial law, human rights law, maritime law, law of WTO, law of the seas, international environmental law, and etc.

The purpose of the program is to provide advanced academic trainings to candidates who feel more comfortable in using English as a medium of study. To promote advanced and high leveled legal exchange and co-operation between CUPL and foreign students or academics is also one of the major concerns of the program.... [-]

Doctoral Program (Ph.D) in Criminal Justice

University of North Dakota
Campus September 2017 USA Grand Forks

The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for careers in research, policy, administration, and academia. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice is not available in most countries. [+]

Welcome to the University of North Dakota's Doctoral Program (Ph.D) in Criminal Justice. Given the large members of undergraduate and Master programs in Criminal Justice there is a steady demand for new Ph.D. graduates. The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for careers in research, policy, administration, and academia. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice is not available in most countries. We are proud to be one of the few programs in the United States as recognized by the American Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice (AADPCCJ). We are the only Ph.D-granting program that features a specialized program for those with a J.D. degree as discussed below. The program retains a traditional core of theory, research methods/statistics, and study of national and international issues in the administration of criminal justice. The program places special emphasis on the operation and administration of criminal justice agencies and systems in rural and/or American Indian tribal jurisdictions. The program also offers a specialized program of study for individuals holding a Juris Doctorate and wishing to meet educational requirements for teaching and research positions in criminal justice higher education programs. Application Students would apply for admission to the Ph.D. Program through established procedures of the UND Graduate School. Students will be able to receive application forms and guidance in completing the application on either campus. Graduate Admission Requirements In addition to the Admission requirements of the UND Graduate School the following requirements must be met: Candidates, with the exception of those applying under the J.D./Ph.D. specialization, must complete all requirements leading to the awarding of an M.A./M.S. in any field degree prior to enrollment in the doctoral program with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 for all coursework taken for graduate credit. All successful applicants must also take and achieve a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Awarding of the degree As currently configured within the NDUS, only UND is authorized to confer the Ph.D. degree for this program. However, a unique feature of the proposed program is that the Ph.D. is offered through a partnership between UND and MiSU. Financial Aid Students accepted and enrolled in the Ph.D. program will be encouraged to compete for graduate teaching and research assistantships. Assistantships can and may be awarded to students with a preference given to full-time doctoral students. Tuition waivers up to a maximum of nine credits a semester for UND courses may be available either separately or in conjunction with an assistantship. [-]

PhD in Law & Policy Program

Cambridge Graduate University
Campus September 2017 USA Cambridge

Cambridge Graduate University’s College of Law, Policy & Global Studies has an unmatched academic program, offering law and policy Masters and Doctoral degrees – the LL.M., Masters in [+]

D.J.S., and Ph.D., in Law & Policy Program

Cambridge Graduate University’s College of Law, Policy & Global Studies has an unmatched academic program, offering law and policy Masters and Doctoral degrees – the LL.M., Masters in Laws & Policy, D.J.S. (Doctorate in Juridical Science), and Ph.D. in Law & Policy – and several joint degrees with other Cambridge Graduate University Colleges, including the College of Business, and the College of Regulatory Science & Public Health. The faculty have a range and depth of expertise in fields of legal scholarship and practice, which allows the college to offer a robust global immersion curriculum. These include a wide range of praxis leadership based projects and courses that give students the opportunity to put classroom learning to work solving real-world problems. The academic program is also notable for the world’s only global campus format, offering immersion experiences in each region of the globe to gain rare insights in international and comparative law. Students generally have multidisciplinary interests and explore those interests in the global immersion intensives with faculty that share and mentor their experiences, scholarship and curriculum throughout the program.... [-]


Universidad Sergio Arboleda
Campus January 2017 Colombia Bogotá Santa Marta

From the time of foundation, Sergio Arboleda University, was conceived as a humanistic institution.In 2010 we set a new challenge: providing Colombians a [+]


From the time of foundation, Sergio Arboleda University, was conceived as a humanistic institution. In 2010 we set a new challenge: to offer a doctorate in law Colombian able to combine the best of current qualification time and research, with a title to match the needs and demands of the economy and national society.

Temporal structure of the doctorate. The JD program lasts a total of three years and a half, during which the student runs 95 academic credits that are provided in curriculum development and research. During this period the PhD, in addition to taking the Doctoral and Master Seminars, Theory Courses, Courses Consolidation and different methodology courses, to do a research internship abroad that allows you to give an international context to work doctoral thesis, which must be put to consideration of three judges, national and / or international, which will be responsible for examining the relevance, originality and innovation that contributes to the contribution of new knowledge in the science of law.... [-]

PhD in Law

RMIT University
Campus 4 years January 2017 Australia Melbourne

In the law PhD program you will develop advanced research skills that will prepare you for a career in academia and other settings in which systematic... [+]

PhD in Law

In the law PhD program you will develop advanced research skills that will prepare you for a career in academia and other settings in which systematic and critical analytical skills are required.This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis by publication or thesis mode.You can specialise in:

corporation law computer and privacy law commercial law tax law.

Program structure

You will undertake the PhD program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor.The PhD program is structured to enable you to:

Complete a compulsory research methods course Receive training in research integrity and ethics Select studies in qualitative and quantitative research techniques Complete a thesis/project which demonstrates your contribution to the field and your ability to communicate complex research for peers and the community to an international standard. ... [-]