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PhD studies

Doctoral studies, which lead to the degree of PhD in Law, are designed to train scientists capable of performing independent scientific research.

Doctoral studies begin on the 1st of October. The duration of the studies is four years for full-time students and up to six years for part-time students, and involves exams of PhD subjects, focused scientific research and preparation of a thesis (dissertation). Respected law scholars of the highest qualification supervise PhD students. After the completion of the publications and the thesis, the PhD student defends the dissertation in a public meeting. Having defended the dissertation, the person is granted an internationally recognized degree of Social Sciences, Branch of Law.

Admission to doctoral studies

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in Law or a higher education degree equivalent to it. Detailed information about the required application documents can be found here. The deadline for submission of documents is usually the end of June.

Entrance grade is composed of:

  • the grade point average of Master’s diploma supplement;
  • the assessment of previous research works;
  • the assessment of research project;
  • the assessment of entrance interview with the leading scholars of the Faculty.

Research project (10 pages) should describe the project that the applicant plans to undertake as her or his dissertation on proposed themes that can differ every year (Themes in 2020). The proposal should describe the project’s scope, aim and goals, its scholarly significance and research methodology, including any source materials on which the project will rely, it should introduce the stages of planned research.

Research project must be submitted from the 10th until the 14th of August at 10.00-13.00 to the Faculty of Law Department of Studies (Saulėtekis av. 9, I building, Room 702, Vilnius or sent by email

On the  26th of August, 2020 at 9.00 a.m. the applicants take the entrance interview with leading scholars of the Faculty and defend their research project (Saulėtekis av. 9, I building, Room 302, Vilnius or via Skype).

Tuition fee:

  1. Free of charge for full-time most talented and motivated students from the EU countries;
  2. 5760 euro for full-time students, 3840 euro for part-time students (per year).

For more detailed information

Faculty of Law
Irena Kuzminskienė
+370 52366183

Department of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies
Simona Akamauskaitė
+370 52687095