36 months
385 EUR/year
385 EUR/year
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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 Law doctoral programme at Sciences Po 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. 

Key facts:

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.

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A thesis project in PDF or Word format (5,000 words maximum). 3000 words maximum for the PhD programme in History, excluding bibliography, that shouldn’t exceed 20-25 titles
  • A synopsis of your thesis project (two pages) in PDF or Word format
  • Two academic recommendations
  • A CV
  • Proof of identity
  • A copy of the last completed degree (for the PhD in political science, highest honours on the Masters thesis is required) 
  • Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    385 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 385 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    385 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 385 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Paris

1195 - 1778 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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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