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Doctorate in Law

Law at Sciences Po

Law is one of the five fundamental disciplines on which the Sciences Po teaching plan is based.

The Law school's (Ph.D.) doctoral program within the Sciences Po doctoral school provides high-level training for students who wish to bring a significant theoretical contribution to their understanding of legal issues in a specific area of the law.

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Program objectives

The program is designed to provide:

  • Theoretical training with an international dimension;
  • Extensive knowledge of the basic legal techniques, concepts and legal reasoning;
  • A precise and critical approach to the tools for theorising law ;
  • With a comparative and global point of view;
  • Personalised supervision within the research centres from committed and internationally recognised academics.

The doctoral program aims to train top-level lawyers who are aiming mainly for academic and research careers in France and abroad. They will be legal theorists, highly trained in a wide range of methods, open to multidisciplinary approaches and to the diversity of legal cultures. To this end, the thesis may be written in French or in English.

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Integrating the Law School

Doctoral students are full members of the Law School. All of them benefit from à financial support.They are provided with a working station and the best conditions possible for writing their thesis. Their research is supervised by a main supervisor, Professor at the Law School, and by two minor supervisors who can come from other areas. Through seminars, doctoral workshops and the program's scientific events, Doctoral students participate fully in the activities of the Law School. They are in constant contact with the numerous visiting lecturers and professors. Only a limited number of students are admitted which enables each of them to benefit from close supervision and attention and the individualisation of their chosen path in the interests of success for everyone.

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Teaching and courses

The schooling obligations are adapted to each student according to their previous studies.

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The Faculty

Sciences Po Law School is an active reserch center where you can meet Permanent Professors and Visiting professors coming from all over the world.

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The doctoral program today has about 30 students, coming from all over the world.

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