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Legal studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the mutual influence between law and society. It provides a general understanding legal systems, how regulations are formed and social actors involved in the legal process. Legal studies involve perspectives belonging to subjects including political science, economics, history, sociology, international relations and philosophy. Law students learn how to address important issues such as the relationship between citizens and the state, individual liberty and privacy, social equality, or justice in the distribution of resources.

Students pursuing a career in legal studies many choose between different types of law qualifications including vocational certificates, LLBs or BAs in Law, to Masters of Law (LLM), or research doctorates. Bachelors and Masters in legal studies focus on commercial law, environmental law, government and law, legal theory, international law or criminology and criminal justice. Law professionals make use of in-depth knowledge of legal principles, and possess abilities such as: language and communication skills, analytic reasoning, critical thinking and respect for ethical conduct. Extracurricular activities and community service work enhance the more practical side of legal training.

Legal studies provide a background for graduate work in administration of justice, business, legal studies, and law as well as work in law-related fields like insurance, social security, and social services. Graduates develop legal careers as arbitrators, mediators, lawyers, judges and magistrates, legal secretaries, legal consultants, investigators, etc.

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Suggested PhDs in Legal Studies

Ph.D. European Law and Governance

The European Law and Governance PhD at the ELGS - European Law and Governance School is a degree program lasting a minimum of 3 years which enables students to conduct independent research in the fields of Legal Research, Governance Studies, or on an interdisciplinary topic. 

Greece
Ph.D. Doctor of Juridical Science

The PhD Program in Doctor of Juridical Science from Central European University (CEU) offers a unique opportunity to conduct independent research, complete doctoral-level course work and gain experience with teaching and other academic activities. The Department of Legal Studies welcomes doctoral projects on topics pertaining to our research and teaching areas. 

Hungary
DCrimJ Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice

The Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice programme offered by the University of Portsmouth comprises a structured four-year programme with a taught element delivered through a small number of workshops in Portsmouth for the first two years and then two years of supervised research leading to a thesis. 

United Kingdom
Ph.D. Commercial Law

The PhD programme in Commercial Law at Hanken School of Economics prepares students for challenging careers in research by providing an individually tailored program for each doctoral student. Hanken attracts doctoral students in many fields of Commercial Law, including Intellectual Property Law, Tax Law, Law of Corporate Governance and Labour Law.

Finland