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Doctoral Degree
Faculty of Law
Time period 
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
4 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 186/2015
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The New Doctoral Cycle of Studies in Law consists of two phases: a Doctoral Course, lasting one academic year and the phase of preparation and submission of the doctoral thesis, lasting three academic years and a total of 240 credits. Successful completion of this cycle of studies confers the highest academic degree in Legal Science: Doctor of Law.
The range of research options and advanced legal production covers all legal areas, on which the doctoral student may, autonomously, but with the guidance of a Doctor of Law, develop and present their studies, in the Portuguese Faculty of Law with the largest and most diverse number of Specialists and Professors Doctor of Law and scientific production.


The course aims to provide advanced training that equips participants with the necessary skills to conduct independent and thorough legal research at a highly critical and reflective level. It emphasizes the ability to generate original contributions to relevant legal issues.
The primary objective of this training is to enable PhD students to pursue autonomous scientific research careers and make significant contributions to the scholarly and systematic development of a specific legal field.
The 3rd Cycle program spans four years and leads to the degree of Doctor of Laws. The initial phase of the program consists of two academic semesters focused on in-depth legal studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. During this period, students also receive training in research methodologies and transversal research skills, which are applicable across various fields of study.
The subsequent phase of the program spans six semesters and is primarily dedicated to research. Under the supervision of an advisor, students are required to develop and undertake their research projects, culminating in the preparation and defense of their doctoral thesis.
Overall, this course offers comprehensive training and support to doctoral students, enabling them to conduct autonomous and meaningful legal research while fostering their growth as independent scholars.

Career prospects 
To train highly qualified staff capable of contributing to the improvement of the structures and functioning of Justice in Portugal; To train high quality researchers in the area of Law, who can enrich national and international scientific production; To train PhD graduates who can contribute to the renewal of Law teaching; To promote the global scientific and jurisprudential development of Law.

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
The holders of a Master's degree in Law or legal equivalent can apply.
Fee – 1st year (indicative) 
Fee - remaining years (indicative) 

International Access

Fee - 1st year (indicative) 
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