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14 PhD Programs in Law

A PhD is often the highest degree awarded by educational institutions. It may take five to eight years to complete, depending on the dissertation topic. What is a PhD in Law? A doctorate can equip students with knowledge of the law as it relates to government policy, research methods, statistics and economics. Individuals may tailor their doctoral studies to focus in one of many areas, from govern… Read more

A PhD is often the highest degree awarded by educational institutions. It may take five to eight years to complete, depending on the dissertation topic.

What is a PhD in Law? A doctorate can equip students with knowledge of the law as it relates to government policy, research methods, statistics and economics. Individuals may tailor their doctoral studies to focus in one of many areas, from government and social work to legal and regulatory issues about international markets and business management. Individual PhD programs may be developed with an academic advisor to ensure students gain the knowledge and insight needed to achieve their goals. 

Skills possessed by PhD graduates with a law focus can include comprehending and retaining large amounts of information, which can be used in teaching or creating detailed procedures. The interpersonal and leadership skills developed during their program may transfer to their jobs, enabling professional advancement.  

Enrollment and registration fees often differ from one academic institution to another. Length of program and intensity of the classes required for the PhD are among the contributing factors for the cost. Individuals should research prospective schools and programs to ensure they can fulfill the necessary financial requirements.

A PhD in Law can lead to a teaching career at high-quality universities and in legal research. As a successful doctoral candidate, rewarding professions may include becoming a regulatory or intellectual property lawyer. A career as a certified patent agent can be a unique niche with immense potential. Nontraditional jobs for a law degree that are becoming increasingly competitive include mediator, politician and entrepreneur. Government department advisor and military researcher are alternative career paths that are also becoming more common.

Accredited institutions around the globe offer doctoral law degrees. Online classes provide flexibility for working professionals and students who are in rural areas. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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INISEG Instituto Internacional de Estudios en Seguridad Global
Madrid, Spain +1 More

The norms and policies of the European Union underline more and more the economic and social importance of cooperation policies between countries, focusing on training as the ... +

The norms and policies of the European Union underline more and more the economic and social importance of cooperation policies between countries, focusing on training as the decisive qualitative factor for the modernization and innovation of productive apparatuses, the labor market, the processes of instruction and culture and to achieve more equitable levels of democratic participation and just social integration; In order to achieve a more modern system of education and training and to obtain a knowledge-based economy that is more competitive and dynamic worldwide, the European Union contributes to the development of quality instruction and that is why it encourages cooperation between Member States and extra-European countries. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Spanish
Online
 
Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto Law School
Porto, Portugal

The PhD program in Catholic Porto aims to train quality researchers, contributing to the development of research in the Faculty, as well as to the critical and responsible con ... +

The PhD program in Catholic Porto aims to train quality researchers, contributing to the development of research in the Faculty, as well as to the critical and responsible construction of legal science in Portugal. -
PhD
Part-time
4 - 6 years
Portuguese
Campus
 
University of London, School of Advanced Study
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) is a national academic institution. Its function is to promote, facilitate, and disseminate the results of advanced study and re ... +

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) is a national academic institution. Its function is to promote, facilitate, and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law in the UK and beyond. Its areas of speciality include arbitration and dispute settlement, company law, comparative law, economic crime, financial services law, legislative studies and law reform, and the legal profession and delivery of legal services. An MPhil/PhD with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Jan 2022
01 Dec 2021
Campus
Online
 

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University of Camerino the international School of Advanced Studies
Camerino, Italy

Area: Legal and Social Sciences

Area: Legal and Social Sciences -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English, Italian
Campus
 
Global Humanistic University
Willemstad, Curaçao +1 More

The online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program (180 ECTS) of the Global Humanistic University will provide you with research and information management skills, analysis and p ... +

The online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program (180 ECTS) of the Global Humanistic University will provide you with research and information management skills, analysis and problem-solving capabilities, interpersonal and leadership competencies, and will help you with your self-management and work habits, as well as your written and oral communication aptitudes. -
PhD
Part-time
3 - 7 years
English
Online
 
University of Bradford
Bradford, United Kingdom

Our Law PhD programme enables you to conduct legal research under the supervision of our international, experienced, and highly committed faculty.

Our Law PhD programme enables you to conduct legal research under the supervision of our international, experienced, and highly committed faculty. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 7 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Alabama State University The Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School
Montgomery, USA

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law will prepare professional educators to be part of a vanguard through the twenty-first century. These educators ... +

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law will prepare professional educators to be part of a vanguard through the twenty-first century. These educators will be provided with: the necessary knowledge of their subject; an understanding of our diverse culture; technological skills; critical thinking skills required to make informed decisions and implement change; and the ability to provide a just and ethical, accurate, and meaningful education for their students. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 8 years
English
Campus
 
College of Specializations of the West (Colegio de Especialidades de Occidente)
Zapopan, Mexico

GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY PLAN To train doctors in law, specialists, and researchers in the field of legal sciences and corporate law that allows them to participate and ... +

GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY PLAN To train doctors in law, specialists, and researchers in the field of legal sciences and corporate law that allows them to participate and lead socio-legal changes. -
PhD
Spanish (Mexican)
Campus
 
Bond University
Robina, Australia

The Doctor of Philosophy provides you with research expertise as well as transferable skills that will prepare you for both academic and executive careers in academia, researc ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy provides you with research expertise as well as transferable skills that will prepare you for both academic and executive careers in academia, research and industry. -
PhD
Full-time
208 weeks
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 
Oñati International Institute For The Sociology Of Law
Oñati, Spain

The Oñati M.A. also provides excellent preparation for a Doctoral programme in a student's home country, or anywhere in the world.

The Oñati M.A. also provides excellent preparation for a Doctoral programme in a student's home country, or anywhere in the world. -
PhD
 
Union University - Faculty of Law
Belgrade, Serbia

The Ph.D. study programme lasts 6 semesters carrying a total of 180 ECTS in accordance with the Bologna declaration. Once the course is completed and the doctoral thesis has b ... +

The Ph.D. study programme lasts 6 semesters carrying a total of 180 ECTS in accordance with the Bologna declaration. Once the course is completed and the doctoral thesis has been defended, the student is awarded a Doctorate in Law. -
PhD
Oct 2021
 
Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law (Centro de Estudios de Posgrado en Derecho)
Mexico City, Mexico

The Ph.D. graduate will be able to develop in society giving a new dimension to the role of the legal profession. It will enhance your knowledge because the development of you ... +

The Ph.D. graduate will be able to develop in society giving a new dimension to the role of the legal profession. It will enhance your knowledge because the development of your research work, together with the application of the methodology and the mentoring that is exercised, will make you a lawyer who can offer more to society and your environment. -
PhD
Spanish (Mexican)
Campus
 
ISPED
São Paulo, Brazil

The ISPED maintained by AELA - Educational Latin American Association and the National University of Córdoba offer Law professionals a totally unique and different course for ... +

The ISPED maintained by AELA - Educational Latin American Association and the National University of Córdoba offer Law professionals a totally unique and different course for those seeking training in a doctorate. This is the Stricto Sensu Program Doctorate in Law and Social Sciences, dynamic, full and recognized worldwide. -
PhD
Full-time
Spanish
Campus
 
Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law (Centro de Estudios de Posgrado en Derecho)
Mexico City, Mexico

Aimed at doctors of the law. At the end of the research protocol; Integration and presenting final results are sought, evaluating achievements obtained and fulfillment of goal ... +

Aimed at doctors of the law. At the end of the research protocol; Integration and presenting final results are sought, evaluating achievements obtained and fulfillment of goals applicable to government programs or law initiatives for the benefit of the research area within the educational program of law at the university for graduate studies in law and policy university of any university public and private, and must submit an application raising an exhibition topic that strengthens legal institutions. -
PhD
Spanish (Mexican)
Campus