Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
DOCTORATE IN LAW
Scientific Advisors: Horatia Muir Watt and Mikhaïl Xifaras Academic Assistant: Zina Osmani
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Programme objectives The Doctoral program in law offers world-class training for students wishing to make a major theoretical contribution to the understanding of legal phenomena in a given ﬁeld of the law. The program is designed to provide: • Theoretical training of global scope; • Knowledge of the fundamental techniques, concepts and modes of legal reasoning; • A rigorous and critical approach using the tools of legal theory; • A global and comparative perspective on the law; • A customized education at the Sciences Po Law School by a highly committed and internationally recognized faculty. It trains world-class jurists for careers in teaching and research in France and abroad. Students are trained to be legal theorists, well versed in a wide range of methods, open to multidisciplinary approaches as well as a diversity of legal cultures. The program provides students with high-level expertise in different areas. Orientation and speciﬁc features Incoming students are received by the Law School’s orientation team and are provided with a workspace and the best conditions for completing their dissertations. All students receive funding. They are directed in their research by a primary supervisor, a professor at the Law School, and two secondary supervisors who may come from other disciplines. Through seminars, doctoral workshops and the program’s academic events, doctoral students participate fully in the life of the Law School. Doctoral students are also in regular contact with a large number of visiting professors. The program admits only a small number of students, ensuring that each student receives a maximum of support and individualized attention, guaranteeing their success. The program is open in the ﬁrst year to students already holding a master’s degree from France or abroad. Academic requirements are then customized for each student based on their previous studies. The three years of the program are dedicated to the completion of a dissertation. • In the ﬁrst year (L1), students work with their supervisors on the development of a dissertation topic and outline. • Students may spend the second year (L2) in Paris or abroad; students may pursue their research at a partner university from among some of the leading institutions for research in the law: Harvard Law School (Cambridge), Cornell Law School, the law faculties of McGill University, Goethe-Universität (Frankfort), the University of Kyoto, the University of Turin, etc. • The third year (L3) is dedicated entirely to the writing of the dissertation; there is a private dissertation defense prior to the public defense, after which the doctorate in law is awarded.