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PhD Law - Course Overview

PhD in Law is the highest academic degree awarded in the study of Law. It is a prestigious and highly sought-after degree for those seeking to pursue a career in legal academia, research, or consultancy. The School of Law offers a doctoral program in Law. The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the legal system and its various branches and advanced research skills and methodologies necessary to undertake original research in the field.

With a team of experienced and renowned faculty members, state-of-the-art research facilities, and a vibrant intellectual community, the PhD (Law) program at UPES School of Law offers an excellent platform for students to engage in cutting-edge research and contribute to advancing of legal scholarship. The program duration can range from a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 6 years.

The School of Law, UPES, was established in 2007 and presently offers UG, PG and PhD programs. Law School of UPES is among the top 21 NIRF (2022).School of Law is known for its Academic rigour, innovative teaching pedagogy, industry connections and research. Different programs at all levels include research components. The undergraduate and postgraduate students write dissertations as part of their compulsory credit course. This orients them towards research and writing. Evidence of success in delivering research orientation to our students, is that a good number of students are working for law firms, creating mark in litigation and corporate apart from lot LLM graduates working for many reputed institutions in Academics. Major research areas of our research scholars have been Corporate Law, Intellectual Property , Environmental Law and Cyber Law. UPES SoL is also a favoured destination for industry persons to pursue their research interests. This is because of the industry-relevant research and adequate mentoring is being available. Faculty research has also been a strength at SoL. Most of our faculty members are doctorates, and the rest of the faculty are pursuing their PhD

How is the school facilitating research?

School of Law, UPES, is firmly established in its research orientation. Even the UG students write dissertations as part of compulsory credit courses. The dissertation qualifies all research requirements, and students are closely guided and mentored for their dissertations. In the beginning, they are provided workshop-based guidance on research methodology.

PG students are also well guided on research methodology and research tools. Repeated sessions are organised for PG and PhD scholars on RM, use of research tools, databases and research ethics.

Moreover, faculty are also encouraged to publish. SoL also supports its faculty to participate in conferences in India and abroad for high-quality research and development. Research rewards are also provided to promote and facilitate research at the faculty level. Faculty colleagues are encouraged to work towards Research projects and publications through Seed Funding and support from the Research and Development Department of the University.

Program Guidelines
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Pre-Admission 
01How to Write Research ProposalDownload 
At the time of Admission
01Declaration for Residency ProgramDownload
02DisclaimerDownload
Term Paper
01Term Paper RequirementsDownload
Thesis
01Final ThesisDownload
02Plagiarism CertificateDownload
03Thesis Submission FormDownload
Synopsis/ Abstract Presentation
01Progress Report FormDownload
02Structure of SynopsisDownload
PhD Regulations
01PhD RegulationsDownload
Fee Details

Students must pay the fees within the stipulated time frame to secure their admission into the course. The fee can be paid online or offline through various modes of payment such as credit/debit card, net banking, or demand draft.

Part-time Ph.D.

Rs 1,00,000 per semester

Full-time Ph.D.

Rs 1,00,000 per semester

75% waiver on Program Semester fee. Program Semester fee after waiver – INR 25000.

A monthly stipend of INR 30000/- is payable to selected full-time PhD scholars.

*All scholarships are payable as per the University’s policy

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Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for admission to the Ph.D. program shall have a Master's degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognised or authorised by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or to assure quality and standards of educational institutions.

A relaxation of 5% in marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled and other categories of candidates as per extant UGC Regulations from time to time; or for those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September 1991.The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever the grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.

Admission Details
PhD (Law) is Best for

The PhD (Law) program best suits individuals passionate about legal research and aspiring to become legal scholars, researchers, or consultants. The program is designed to provide students with advanced research skills, critical thinking abilities, and in-depth knowledge of the legal system and its various branches. It is ideal for those seeking a career in legal academia or research.

The program also benefits legal professionals who wish to enhance their research skills and knowledge to become more effective practitioners or consultants in their respective fields. Overall, the Ph.D. (Law) program at UPES School of Law is an excellent choice for individuals who are committed to pursuing a career in legal scholarship and making a significant contribution to the field of law.

Scope and Highlights

The LLM program offered by UPES School of Law provides students with extensive specialised legal knowledge and practical skills, equipping them for success in various legal professions. Focusing on contemporary legal issues and industry requirements, the program covers diverse areas such as Corporate and Commercial Laws, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Rights, Environmental and Energy Laws, Cyber Security and Digital Laws. The program highlights include a curriculum designed by industry experts, experienced faculty members, interactive teaching methodologies, research opportunities, and exposure to real-world legal scenarios. The program prepares students to excel in their chosen legal fields, enabling them to make a significant impact in the dynamic global legal landscape.

Career Opportunities

The PhD in Law program at UPES is perfect for those with a clear career goal in mind, as it is a rigorous and demanding program that requires significant time and effort. Postgraduates can pursue a legal academic and research career, with opportunities to work as professors or researchers at universities and research institutions. They can also work as legal consultants or advisors for government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), or private corporations.

Other career opportunities include working as legal researchers or policy analysts for think tanks or research organisations. Postgraduates may also opt to pursue a career in international organisations or pursue a postdoctoral fellowship to enhance their research skills and knowledge further. Overall, the PhD (Law) program at UPES School of Law offers excellent career prospects for postgraduates in various law and legal practice fields.

Why study for a PhD (Law) at UPES School of Law?

The UPES School of Law is a distinguished educational institution that offers high-quality legal education to students aspiring to become successful lawyers, judges, and legal professionals. With a comprehensive curriculum that covers various aspects of law and legal practices, our program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the legal field. Our team of experienced faculty members is committed to providing excellent education and mentorship to our students. UPES School of Law strives to create a dynamic and inclusive learning environment that fosters critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and a passion for justice.

The university has received numerous accolades, including a QS 5-star rating for Employability, University of the Year (North India) awarded by ASSOCHAM, and an Accredited Grade 'A' by NAAC. The law courses are co-developed and co-delivered by industry partners, ensuring that students receive a practical education relevant to the current legal landscape. Additionally, the program has academic collaboration with the University of Law, UK, and a tie-up with prestigious law firm Surana & Surana International Attorneys. The university also provides a Masterclasses platform for students to interact with prominent legal professionals and lawyers, and UPES law students have won over 210 awards. Finally, the program offers unmatched global opportunities, ensuring students are well-prepared for the international legal market.

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Placements

With a placement record of 80% (approx.), we assure exceptional career opportunities for our students. School of Law, UPES, allures renowned law firms/ corporate houses, ensuring a promising future in law.

Amarchand
Atos Syntel
Chadha & Chadha
EY
FIS
HCL
Hinduja
IC University
Jio
Lakshmi
Link/Legal
Mercados
mindcrest
More Global
NPCL
Pioneer
pwc
Quislex
Remfry Sagar
Samsung Research
Spice Route
Tata Power
tcs
Vibrant
Wadiya Gandhi

Internships are crucial stepping stones toward a thriving legal career for any law graduate. At the School of Law, UPES, we go the extra mile to connect our students with the best internship opportunities available. This enables them to gain practical exposure, hone of their skills, and establish valued alliances in their interned organisations.

At the School of Law, UPES, we believe in nurturing well-rounded individuals, and to boost further chances of securing a dream job, we provide a comprehensive pre-placement boot camp. This specialised training program prepares for Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI), ensuring students shine during placement. Our expert faculty and industry professionals will equip students with the necessary skills and techniques to ace any interview. We are committed to shaping students into confident and accomplished professionals.

Join the School of Law, UPES, today and embark on a transformative journey that propels you toward legal excellence. Immerse yourself in a supportive community, state-of-the-art facilities, and limitless opportunities to excel in the legal profession.

FAQs

What is a PhD (Law) Program?

The Ph.D. (Law) Program is a research-oriented doctoral program that offers in-depth knowledge of legal concepts, advanced research skills, and critical thinking abilities. It is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and expertise to undertake original research in the field of law and contribute to legal scholarship.

What are the eligibility criteria for the PhD (Law) Program?

Candidates for admission to the Ph.D. program shall have a Master's degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognised or authorised by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or to assure quality and standards of educational institutions.

A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled and other categories of candidates as per extant UGC Regulations from time to time; or for those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever the grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.

Does UPES provide scholarships for the PhD (Law) Program?

All scholarships are payable as per the University’s policy. Refer to the Ph.D. (Law) program page/Fee for more details.

What are the career opportunities after doing the PhD (Law) Program?

The Ph.D. (Law) program opens up various career opportunities for graduates, including legal academia, research, and consultancy. Graduates can work as professors, legal advisors, consultants, or researchers in universities, research institutions, think tanks, NGOs, or government agencies.