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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 and terms can be found here. The deadline for the project is 23th of June 2022. The project should be sent via email to

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. Meetings with Admissions members will be on 30th of June 2022 at Vilnius University Faculty of Law, Saulėtekio av. 9, 1st block, room 302.

Research project (10 pages) should describe the project that the applicant plans to undertake as her or his dissertation on proposed hat can differ every year (Themes in 2022). 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. The deadline for the project is 23th of June 2022.

Tuition fee:

Free of charge for full-time most talented and motivated students from the EU countries.

For more detailed information

Faculty of Law
Rasa Aleksienė
+370 52366182

Department of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies
Simona Akamauskaitė
+370 52687095