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Law, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #242 (QS) ,
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. 


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.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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • The program is open to students holding the equivalent of a Master degree from a French or a foreign institution and the program lasts 3 years (PhD).
  • The language of the program is either French or English. Fluency in either of these languages is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 380 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 380 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Tuition Fees

For all students admitted to the PhD programme at the “Thesis” level, the annual fee for the 2016/2017 academic year is 391 euros, irrespective of tax residency.

In order to make Sciences Po accessible to all to promote academic success, Sciences Po offers many types of financial aid.

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