PhD in Law

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A Doctorate in Law, also known as a PhD in Law or a Legum Doctor (abbreviated LD or LLD) is an advanced post-graduate degree that involves research and taking an academic approach to Law study. Candidates for a PhD in Law are responsible for taking on in-depth research into a concentration within the field of law. 

What Are the Benefits of Taking a PhD in Law?

One of the benefits of pursuing a doctorate in Law Studies is that deep, long-term research trains candidates to develop their critical and systematic analytical aptitude into a highly valuable professional trait. Working toward a PhD in Law is a process that develops the candidate in other ways besides their specific understanding and knowledge of the subject they are researching.

What Are the Requirements for a PhD in Law?

Like the costs associated with a PhD in Law, the prerequisites for entry to a particular program at any given school can also vary. Many universities require PhD in Law applicants to have a Masters degree, while some will consider applicants who graduated a Bachelors program with honors. Universities will provide more information about prerequisites for a PhD in Law upon request.

What Kind of Career Can You Expect with a PhD in Law?

The completion of a PhD in Law degree program is a notable achievement, and is valued very highly both inside and outside of academia. Those who hold a doctorate in Law find themselves highly qualified for positions as legal professionals, professors, researchers, policy-makers and more. Graduates from PhD in Law programs have gone on to leadership positions in high courts, international humanitarian organizations, government and commerce, to name a few sectors. Below, you can read more about PhD in Law programs and request more information from the universities hosting them.

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Doctor of Legal Science (Research)

Bond University
Campus Full time 156 weeks January 2018 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. [+]

PhD 2017/2018. 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). [-]

Official Doctoral Program In Ibero-American Administrative Law

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The Doctorate Program in Ibero-American Administrative Law is an official interuniversity degree that seeks to train doctors in Latin American Public Law, with competencies to develop scientific and professional activities preferably related to Public Administrations. [+]

Introduction The program of Doctorate in Ibero-American Administrative Law Is an official interuniversity degree that seeks to train doctors in Latin American Public Law, with competencies to develop scientific and professional activities preferably related to Public Administrations. Participating Universities: University of Coruña, Spain (coordinator) University of Montevideo, Uruguay University of Santo Tomás de Aquino de Tunja, Colombia University Hispanoamericana, Nicaragua University Monteávila, Venezuela University of Guanajuato, Mexico University of Veracruz, Mexico National University of the Northeast, Argentina University of Piura, Peru National University of Litoral, Argentina University Free School of Law, Costa Rica Why study the degree The Program on Ibero-American Administrative Law seeks to demonstrate the existence of a common law and common principles shared between Spain and Latin America. The comparative study of the legal systems corresponding to the universities and countries involved in the Program guarantees a knowledge of the basic institutions of public law in a wide territorial and legal framework, with the possibilities that this entails from the point of view of the occupation . Lines of investigation These are the lines of research of this doctoral program: Development activity Administrative procedure and administrative procedure Public administration and religious freedom Constitutional bases of Administrative Law Public and heritage property Good Governance and Good Administration. Governance Government Procurement Culture. Cultural heritage Sports. Sports law Economic administrative law Global administrative law Sanctioning law Fundamental rights and public liberty. Human rights. Education The administrator and his relations with the Administration Energy Foreign Finance and Public Finance Sources of... [-]

Official Doctoral Program In Law

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The Doctorate in Law program is an official university degree that deals with legal and social research training. [+]

PhD 2017/2018. Introduction The Programme LL.D. Is an official university degree that addresses the training in legal and social research Its objective is to train in methodological and instrumental competences to develop research projects in the legal and social sciences: To form jurists-researchers capable of undertaking, directing, participating and coordinating researches that propose solutions to the different problems of juridical order posed by the Galician, national and international reality. To allow the doctorate's specialization in its research training within the scope of scientific legal knowledge. Prepare legal research teams to manage and assume academic leadership in their professional or teaching practice, through the application of research methods and techniques in the legal sciences. Propitiate methodologically the training of future university professors, thus responding to the training and scientific needs of the University System. Encouraging the creation of international research networks and addressing legal research from an interdisciplinary perspective that provides a comprehensive training in the field of legal research Why study the degree The doctoral studies given by the UDC Law School have not only allowed the legal professionals of the most diverse legal professions (magistrates, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, business advisers, public administration officials, etc.) to be raised to the highest level. ), Thus contributing to the improvement of the exercise of their respective professions, but also provided the academic, scientific and research training of a large part of the people who are currently Professors in the Faculty of Law UDC. In addition, it should be noted that, following the... [-]

LLD in Doctors of Law

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 - 4 years February 2018 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. [+]

PURPOSE OF THE QUALIFICATION 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 i. 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%. ii. 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. iii. 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... [-]

PhD Research Degrees in Law

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

PhD 2017/2018. 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... [-]

Ph.D. in European and International Law

Palacky University
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Czech Republic Olomouc + 1 more

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... [-]

Global Ph.D. Programme

Católica Global School of Law
Campus Full time 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. [+]

PhD 2017/2018. 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... [-]

M.Phil/PhD in Law

Igbinedion University, Okada
Campus Full time March 2018 Nigeria Benin City

The Law Programme is tailored after the National University Commission’s guidelines which emphasize the need for Law graduates to be knowledgeable in other fields of human endeavour, such as Psychology, Economics, Philosophy, etc., so as to fully appreciate analyze and understand the important role that law plays in the Nigerian Society in particular and the entire humanity in general. [+]

The University commenced its academic programmes in the 1999/2000 session in five Colleges namely, Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Management Studies, Health Sciences, Law and Natural and Applied Sciences. The foundation students arrived Okada on Friday, 15th October 1999. Since then, the University has without interruption upheld its resolve to return tertiary education to the internationally accepted calendar of September to June. The College of Engineering commenced its programme in the 2002/2003 session. The College of Health Sciences continued to be an area of popular demand. The College of Pharmacy and B.Sc Nursing commenced in 2004/2005 session. The Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital administered by a Management Board inaugurated first on 12th January 2003, oversees the affairs of the Hospital. As part of its objectives to train and produce job providers, Igbinedion University has Packaged entrepreneurial and skills acquisitions modules to expose students sufficiently enough to be 'fit for the world of work'. In addition, a community service programme was introduced in the 2009/2010 session. Under the programmed, all second year students across the Colleges are required to undertake a practical development Programme in a chosen area and community in and round the university/town. The student population has grown steadily from 111 in the 1999/2000 session to 5036 in 2012/2013, while the staff strength has increased from 55 in 1999/2000 to 565 made of 290 Teaching staff (50 of who are Professors) 153 Senior Non-Teaching staff and 213 Junior and Intermediate staff over the same period. Academic programmes in Medicine,... [-]

PhD in International Law

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

The aim of the study programme is to deepen their knowledge of international law foundations gained during their undergraduate study in Master's programmes, including theoretical sources of the field, and to get a more thorough specialisation in some of the areas of public international law. [+]

PhD 2017/2018. The aim of the study programme is to deepen their knowledge of international law foundations gained during their undergraduate study in Master's programmes, including theoretical sources of the field, and to get a more thorough specialisation in some of the areas of public international law. 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... [-]

PhD in International Law

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Switzerland Geneva USA Cambridge + 2 more

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.... [-]