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National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Eligibility

  • Citizen of India and foreign nationals.
  • No age limit.
  • Educational qualification – Must be Masters of Law (LL.M. – regular mode) from a recognized University. Must have an aggregate of 55% marks or equivalent grade. There is relaxation in aggregate marks for ST/SC/SAP i.e. 50%.
  • Maximum Attempts: 2

Duration

  • Full Time
    • Minimum 2 years of residence in the University, including coursework.
    • Minimum 3 Years and maximum 6 Years.
  • Part-Time
    • 9 months of residence in the University for coursework.
    • Minimum 4 Years and maximum 6 Years.

If the candidate fails to complete the course within 6 Years his or her registration shall be canceled.

Procedure to apply

  • On the release of the application form for a Ph.D., the candidate is required to submit a 10-page research proposal along with the application within the stipulated time.
  • An admission test shall be conducted of 150 marks. The test shall consist of the following –
    • 50 marks – Research Aptitude – Objective Type Questions
    • 50 marks – Contemporary development in the field of law and society
    • 50 marks – Specific questions in Law / MBL / Public Policy / other disciplines
  • The candidate shall be short-listed for oral presentation before the panel of an expert on the date specified by the University if he or she scores more than 50% marks on aggregate in the admission test.

Selection process

  • The candidate shall be selected after the approval of the oral presentation by the expert panel and other regulations are satisfied.
  • In deserving cases, the expert panel has the power to give a second chance to the candidate for oral presentation within a period of 20 days.
  • The final selection shall be made by P.G. Council. The criteria for selection are:
    • Research proposal;
    • Report submitted by the expert panel on the oral presentation.
  • The seat will be secured only after the payment of the requisite fee.

Fee Structure

For Indian Nationals 

Fee

Amount

Registration Fee (at the time of admission)

Rs. 30,000/-

Course Work Fee (at the time of admission)

Rs. 30,000/-

Annual Fee (Every Year within one month from the date of registration, failing which they will have to pay the fine prescribed by the University)

Rs. 25,000/-

Examination Fee (at the time of submission of Thesis)

Rs. 20,000/-

Fee for Final Presentation

Rs. 50,000/-

Re-submission of thesis

Rs. 20,000/-

For Foreign Nationals 

Fee

Amount

Registration Fee (at the time of admission)

Rs. 65,000/-

Course Work Fee (at the time of admission)

Rs. 65,000/-

Annual Fee (Every Year within one month from the date of registration, failing which they will have to pay the fine prescribed by the University)

Rs. 57,000/-

Examination Fee (at the time of submission of Thesis)

Rs. 45,000/-

Fee for Final Presentation

Rs. 1,12,500/-

Re-submission of thesis

Rs. 45,000/-

Format of Research Proposal

  1. Title;
  2. Statement of the problem and the background information on the subject;
  3. A set of research questions along with Hypothesis and Methodology;
  4. A Research Design.

National Law University, Delhi

Eligibility

  • For Indian Nationals

    • No age limit
    • Educational qualification
      • Masters of Law (LL.M. – regular mode) from a recognized University. Must have an aggregate of 55% marks or equivalent grade. There is relaxation in aggregate marks for ST/SC/SAP and for candidates who had obtained their Master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991 i.e. 50%, or
      • Bachelor of Law and Master’s Degree in social sciences or humanities from a recognized Indian or Foreign educational institution, with at least 55% marks or equivalent grade, if the research, the candidate wishes to pursue interferes with the discipline of law with a special focus on Public Policy or Law. There is relaxation in aggregate marks for ST/SC/SAP and for candidates who had obtained their Master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991 i.e. 50%, or
      • Bachelor of Law and passed the C.S. examination and awarded the Associate Membership by Company Secretaries of India, only if the research the candidate wishes to pursue interferes with the discipline of law, or
      • Bachelor of Law and passed the final C.A. examination conducted by Chartered Accountants of India only if the research the candidate wishes to pursue interferes with the discipline of law, or
      • Judge of any State High Court with an experience of 3 years as High Court Judge, or
      • Judge of Supreme Court of India, or
      • Faculty members at National Law University, Delhi with the permission of Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Delhi, provided that such faculty members fulfill any eligibility criteria.
  • Foreign Nationals

  • Admission through open advertisements – Any foreign national who is interested in Ph.D. Programme from National Law University, Delhi can apply as per the advertisement, or
  • Admission of candidates from foreign universities/institutions having MoU with NLUD – Any foreign national who is interested in Ph.D. Programme from National Law University, Delhi and is enrolled for the Ph.D. programme at a foreign university/institute which has MoU with NLUD shall be eligible for admission in Ph.D. and will also be exempted from the entrance examination, or
  • Admission of candidates through Study in India and ICCR Programmes – Any foreign national who is interested in the Ph.D. Programme from National Law University, Delhi can apply through Study in India Programme or ICCR Programme of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and shall be exempted from the entrance examination. (for more details see, Order of Executive Council on 19th February 2021)

Duration

  • Full-time enrolment
    • Minimum 18 months of residence in the University, including 1 semester of course work covering 10 credits.
    • Minimum 3 Years and maximum 5 Years.
  • Part-time enrolment
    • Minimum 2 semesters of residence in the University spread over a five-year period, including 1 semester of course work covering 10 credits.
    • Judges of High Courts and Supreme Court, other Judicial Officers and officers appointed by UPSC having 10 years of experience shall be exempted from the residence period in the University.
    • Minimum 3 Years and maximum 5 Years.

An extension of 1 year can be granted to the candidate if he or she submits such request in writing.

If the candidate fails to complete the course within 6 Years his or her registration shall be canceled.

Women candidates with more than 40% disability may be allowed a relaxation of 2 years for the Ph.D. in the maximum duration.

Women candidates shall be given 240 days of Maternity or Child Care Leave.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at NLU Delhi when NLU Delhi releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test – Including 50% questions from Research Methodology and 50% questions from different areas of law.
    • Research proposal
    • Interview or viva-voce

Selection Process

  • A candidate must secure 50% in the written examination to be eligible for the second stage of selection.
  • The University shall shortlist candidates equal to three times the number of available seats for the second stage of selection.
  • The shortlisted candidates must score 50% in the evaluation of research proposals and interview to qualify for the final selection.
  • The research proposal shall be evaluated by the Doctoral Committee with the assistance of the Research Advisory Committee.
  • The finalized candidates shall be approved by the Vice-Chancellor as per the recommendation of the Doctrinal Committee and their name, topic of research, name of Supervisor/ Co-supervisor, and date of enrollment shall be listed on the website of the University.
  • The JRF and SRF holders will be considered and approved by the Doctrinal Committee.

Fee Structure

PARTICULARS

FEE FROM HOSTLERS

FEE FROM

NON-HOSTLERS

Registration Fee (One Time)

INR 50,000.00

INR 50,000.00

Continuation Fee (from 2nd Year onward p.a.)

INR 30,000.00

INR 30,000.00

Examination Fee (One Time)

INR 20,000.00

INR 20,000.00

*Refundable Security Deposit (One Time)

INR 15,000.00

INR 15,000.00

Room Rent p.a.

INR 18,000.00

Hostel Facilities p.a.

INR 20,000.00

*Library Deposit

INR 3,000.00

INR 3,000.00

*Hostel Deposit

INR 5,000.00

*Mess Deposit

INR 3,000.00

Total

INR 1,64,000.00

INR 1,18,000.00

  • Fee structure for Foreign Nationals will be issued soon separately.

National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad

Eligibility

  • No age limit
  • Educational Qualification –
    • Must be Master of Law or must possess an equivalent degree in Law, Management or Humanities or other cognate disciplines from a recognized University or Institute with more than 55% marks or equivalent grade, or
    • Passed the C.S. examination and awarded the Associate Membership by Company Secretaries of India, or
    • Passed the final C.A. examination conducted by Chartered Accountants of India, or
    • Passed final examination of Institute of Cost Accountants of India, or
    • Judge of any State High Court in India with three years experience or Judge of Supreme Court of India.

Duration

  • Full-time enrollment
    • Minimum 18 months of residence in the University.
    • Maximum 3 Years.
    • Full time enrolled candidates may assist in teaching or research activities of the University.
    • The candidate may be granted a 1 year extension for the completion of the thesis by the Research Committee.
    • If the candidate fails to complete the requirements of the degree, he or she will be required to convert their enrolment into part-time.
  • Part-time enrollment
    • Minimum 4 years and maximum 6 years.

Procedure to Apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at the University when NALSAR University releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test – Including 50 marks from Research Methodology and writing skills and 50 marks from different areas of law, social sciences and humanities or management.
    • Research proposal of 1500 to 2000 words
    • Interview or viva-voce
  • Candidates with JRF or SRF are exempted from written examination.

Selection Process

  • The candidate must score 50% in the entrance examination to qualify for the second stage of the selection process.
  • The candidates whose preliminary proposals are cleared in the plagiarism test will be required to attend an interview before the Research Committee of the University.
  • If the candidate fails to crack the interview, may be given one more chance to present his research proposal on the recommendation of the Research Committee.

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

Eligibility

  • No age limit
  • Educational Qualification
    • Must have a Master degree from a recognized University or Institute with more than 55% marks or equivalent grade.

Duration

  • Full Time
    • Minimum 2 years of residence in the University, including 16 months coursework.
    • Minimum 3 Years and maximum 6 Years.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at NUJS when NUJS releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test – The test will be of 100 marks with 3 hours duration.
    • The syllabus of Law students includes –
      • Research Methodology,
      • Comparative Public Law,
      • System of Governance, and
      • Law and Justice in a Globalizing World.
    • Interview or viva-voce
  • Candidates with NET/JRF/SLET/SET are exempted from written examination.
  • Candidates with M.Phil degree from a recognized university are exempted from written examination.
  • Candidates cleared M.Phil Course Work or completed M.Phil degree from NUJS are excepted from written examination and interview, i.e. they can directly proceed with their research work.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Research Advisory Committee and the candidate must obtain 50% marks in the interview to get selected.

National Law Institute University, Bhopal

Eligible

  • No age limit
  • Educational Qualification
    • D. in Law – Candidate must be Masters of Law with 55% of aggregate marks or equivalent grade from recognised University or Institute, or
    • D. in Cyber Law and Information Security – Candidate must be LL.M. or MCLIS or M.S. or M.Sc. or M.Tech. or equivalent degree with 55% of aggregate marks or equivalent grade from recognized University or Institute, or
    • D. (Interdisciplinary) – Bachelors of Law with post graduate degree in any discipline with 55% of aggregate marks or equivalent grade from recognized University or Institute.

Duration

  • Full Time
    • Minimum 2 years of residence in the University, including coursework.
    • Minimum 3 Years and maximum 6 Years.
  • Part-Time
    • 9 months of residence in the University for coursework.
    • Minimum 4 Years and maximum 6 Years

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at NLIU, Bhopal when NLIU, Bhopal releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test – The test will be of 100 marks.
    • The syllabus for Law students includes –
      • Constitutional Law
      • Jurisprudence
      • Research Methodology
      • International Law
      • Human Rights Law
      • Family Law
      • Business Law
      • Intellectual Property Law
      • Environmental Law
      • Criminal Law
      • Cyber Law
    • Syllabus for Cyber Law and Information Security
      • Research Methodology
      • Cyber Law
      • Information Security
      • Fundamentals of Information Technology
    • Interview or viva-voce
  • Candidates with NET/JRF/SLET/SET are exempted from written examination.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Research Advisory Committee and the candidate must obtain 50% marks in the interview to get selected.

National Law University, Jodhpur

Eligibility

  • No age limit
  • Educational Qualification – Candidate must be Masters of Law with 55% of aggregate marks or equivalent grade from recognised University or Institute.

Duration

  • Minimum duration of 3 years including Course Work and maximum 6 years.
  • 2 years relaxation will be granted to –
    • Women candidates (in addition to one Maternity Leave or Child Care Leave of 240 days.)
    • Special Abilities Persons with more than 40% disability.
  • An extension of 1 year may be granted to the candidate by the Vice-Chancellor on the basis of a written request by the candidate.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at NLU, Jodhpur when NLU, Jodhpur releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test – The test will be of 100 marks.
    • The syllabus for Law students includes –
      • Research Methodology
      • Jurisprudence
      • Constitutional and Administrative Law
      • International Law and International Humanitarian Law
      • Law of Crimes
      • Law of Torts and Consumer Protection
      • Commercial Law
      • Family Law
      • Environment and Human Rights Law
      • Intellectual Property Right and Information Technology
      • Comparative Public Law and Systems of Governance
    • Interview or viva-voce
  • Candidates with NET/JRF/SLET/SET are exempted from written examination.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Research Advisory Committee and the candidate must obtain 50% marks in the interview to get selected.

Fee Structure

Particulars

Fee

Admission fee at the time of provisional admission

Rs. 5,000/-

Tuition fee (per semester)

Rs. 25,000/-

Thesis Submission and Evaluation Fee

Rs. 50,000/-

Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

Eligibility

  • No age limit
  • Educational Qualification – Candidate must be Masters of Law with 55% of aggregate marks or equivalent grade from recognised University or Institute.

Duration

  • The Ph.D. programme is only full time with a 2 years minimum period including residence for the course work and maximum period of 5 years.
  • The Ph.D. scholars may be required to take teaching assignments and render help as may be required in the academic and co-curricular activities of the University.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at HNLU, Raipur when HNLU, Raipur releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test
    • Interview or viva-voce
  • Candidates with NET/JRF/SLET/SET are exempted from written examination.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Research Advisory Committee and the candidate must obtain 50% marks in the interview to get selected.

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

Eligibility

  • No age limit
  • Educational Qualification –
    • Candidates must be Master of Law with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognised University or Institute, or
    • Candidates who have completed M.Phil. with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade or is in process of completing M.Phil degree or have degree equivalent to M.Phil from a recognized University or Institute, or
    • Candidates who have a Masters degree in the discipline (Social sciences, Science & technology and Commerce & management) with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University or Institute, provide that he or she wishes to pursue interfaces with law and policy, or
    • Passed the C.S. examination and awarded the Associate Membership by Company Secretaries of India, or
    • Passed the final C.A. examination conducted by Chartered Accountants of India, or
    • Candidates who are not Bachelor of Law and pursuing Ph.D. in other disciplines can undergo a foundation course in Law.

Duration

  • Full Time
    • Minimum 2 years and maximum 4 years.
  • Part Time
    • Minimum 3 years and maximum 5 years
  • 2 years relaxation will be granted to –
    • Women candidates (in addition to one Maternity Leave or Child Care Leave of 240 days.)
    • Special Abilities Persons with more than 40% disability.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at GNLU, Gandhinagar when GNLU, Gandhinagar releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test – The written test will consist of two papers, each of 100 marks –
      • Paper – I (Common for All)
        • Research Methodology – MCQs and descriptive questions (20 + 40 = 60 Marks)
        • Teaching Aptitude – MCQs of 20 Marks
        • English Language – MCQs of 20 Marks
      • Paper – II
        • Law (Only for Masters of Law)
          • Constitutional Law
          • Jurisprudence
          • International Law
          • Criminal Law
          • Commercial Law
          • Environmental Law
          • Intellectual Property Law
        • Other disciplines – Syllabus is based on the fundamentals of the subject in which the candidate has obtained a master’s degree.
      • Interview or viva-voce – The interview shall be conducted by the Doctoral Committee of the University.
    • Candidates with NET/JRF/SLET or have passed M.Phil. programme or have teaching fellowship are exempted from written examination.
    • Foregin Candidates may be exempted from the entrance examination based on the recommendations of the Doctoral Committee of the University.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Doctoral Committee of the University and the candidate must obtain 50% marks in the interview to get selected. The Committee shall consider following factors during the interview –
    • The candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research,
    • The research work can be suitably undertaken at the Institution or College, and
    • The proposed area of research can contribute to new or additional knowledge.
  • Candidates can apply for the provisional registration after the selection is done and the fee is paid at the university.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow

Eligibility

  • No age limit.
  • Educational Qualification –
    • Candidates must be Master of Law with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognised University or Institute, or
    • Candidates who have a Masters degree in the discipline of Social sciences, Science and Humanities with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University or Institute, provided that he or she wishes to pursue interfaces with law and policy.

Duration

  • Minimum 3 years and maximum 6 years from the date of admission.
  • 2 years relaxation will be granted to –
    • Women candidates (in addition to one Maternity Leave or Child Care Leave of 240 days.)
    • Special Abilities Persons with more than 40% disability.
  • On request by the candidate and on the recommendation of the Research Degree Committee the Vice-Chancellor of the University may grant relaxation in the Ph.D. duration.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya NLU, Lucknow when Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya NLU, Lucknow releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test – The written test will consist of two papers, total of 70 marks –
      • Research Methodology (Common for All) – 35 Marks (MCQs)
        • Nature and Purpose of Research
        • Qualitative Research
        • Research Strategies
        • Finding Material in a Library
        • Selection of Research Topic
        • Research Design
        • Computer-Assisted Research
        • Writing of Research Report Mode of Citation and Bibliography
      • Paper – II – 35 Marks (MCQs)
        • Law (Only for Masters of Law)
          • Constitutional Law of India
          • Legal Theory
          • Public International Law and Human Rights
          • Family Law
          • Law of Contracts
          • Law of Torts
          • Law of Crimes – General Principles
        • Other disciplines – Syllabus is based on the fundamentals of the subject in which the candidate has obtained a master’s degree.
      • Written abstract for the proposed research.
      • Interview or viva-voce (30 marks) – The interview shall be conducted by the Interview Board of the University.
    • Candidates with JRF are exempted from written examination.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Doctoral Committee of the University and the candidate must obtain 50% marks in the interview to get selected. The Committee shall consider following factors during the interview –
    • The candidate possesses the competence of the proposed research work.
    • The proposed area of research work can contribute to new or additional knowledge.
  • In case of tie between the two or more candidates after the interview the University will consider following factors for the final selection –
    • Higher marks in the Master’s Degree
    • Higher marks in the Undergraduate degree.
    • Higher in age.
  • Candidates can apply for the provisional registration after the selection is done and the fee is paid at the university.

Fee Structure 

Head of Fee

Amount (Rs.)

Registration fee (one time payment)

Rs. 5,000/-

Tuition fee

Rs. 30,000/-

Utility Charges

Rs. 20,000/-

Caution Money

Rs. 5,000/-

Total

Rs. 60,000/-

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

Eligibility

  • No age limit.
  • Educational Qualification –
    • Master of Law from recognized university with a minimum of 55% of marks or equivalent grade, or
    • Candidates having M.Phil. degree in Law with B+ grade or equivalent marks from recognized university, or
    • Candidates who have a Masters degree in the discipline of Social sciences, English Language and Literature and Humanities with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University or Institute, provide that he or she wishes to pursue interfaces with law and policy, or
    • Passed the C.S. examination and awarded the Associate Membership by Company Secretaries of India, or
    • Passed the final C.A. examination conducted by Chartered Accountants of India, or
    • Judge or any High Court or Supreme Court Judge or eminent jurist in the field of law.

Duration

  • Minimum 3 years and maximum 6 years from the date of admission (Both for part time and full time Ph.D.)
  • 2 years relaxation will be granted to –
    • Women candidates (in addition to one Maternity Leave or Child Care Leave of 240 days.)
    • Special Abilities Persons with more than 40% disability.

Procedure to apply

The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at RGNUL, Patiala when RGNUL, Patiala releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.

  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test – The written test will be conducted every year on the first Sunday of May.
      • The test will be of 140 marks of 3 hour duration
        • Part – I – Research Methodology – 20 Marks (MCQs)
        • Part – II – Research Methodology – 30 Marks – 2 Subjective Questions (15 Marks each)
        • Part – III – Law – 40 Marks – 2 Subjective Questions (20 Marks each).
        • Part – IV – 50 Marks – Essay on Proposed topic
      • Syllabus for Research Methodology
        • Understanding Research
        • Major Steps in Research (Part – I)
        • Major Steps in Research (Part – II)
        • Law Reforms and Legal Research
      • Syllabus for Law
        • Concept and Dimensions of Comparative Public Law
        • Comparative Constitutional Law
        • Comparative Administrative Law
        • Public Law and Liberties
      • Other disciplines – Syllabus is based on the fundamentals of the subject in which the candidate has obtained a master’s degree.
      • Interview or viva-voce (60 Marks)
    • The JRF holders will be marked out of 100 i.e. 70 marks for the essay and 30 marks for the interview.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Doctoral Committee of the University.
  • After passing the interview the candidate can secure his or her enrollment by paying the requisite fee.

Fee Structure

Mode of Fee

Fee

Fee of Ph.D. Entrance Test

Rs. 2,500/-

Application Fee

Rs. 2,000/-

Enrolment Fee

Rs. 5,000/-

Registration Fee

Rs. 10,000/-

Annual Fee

Rs. 5,000/-

Library and Computer Lab Fee per annum

Rs. 5,000/-

Late submission of progress report after 31st March / 30th September each year and Annual Seminar after 31st March each year

Rs. 2,000/- (half yearly)

Thesis Submission fee

Rs. 15,000/-

Fee for extension of time for thesis submission by six month at a time

Rs. 8,000/-

Fee for one additional opportunity for the second viva-voce

Rs. 10,000/-

Re-enrolment fee

Rs. 5,000/-

Re-submission of thesis fee

Rs. 10,000/-

Provisional Certificate fee

Rs. 2,000/-

Change of Supervisor

Rs. 5,00/-

Change of Area of research

Rs. 5,000/-

Copy of an examiner report of thesis evaluation and viva examination report

Rs. 1,000/- per report

Chanakya National Law University, Patna

Eligibility

  • No age limit.
  • Educational Qualification –
    • Master of Law from recognized university with a minimum of 55% of marks or equivalent grade, or
    • Candidates having M.Phil. degree in Law with B+ grade or equivalent marks from recognized university, or
    • Candidates who have a Masters degree in the discipline of Social sciences, English Language and Literature and Humanities with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University or Institute, provide that he or she wishes to pursue interfaces with law and policy.
  • Qualification for D.Phil
    • Judge of any High Court and Supreme Court, or
    • Practicing Advocate any High Court or Supreme Court with 10 years of experience, or
    • Candidate having masters degree in Social Science or Science with 3 years of teaching or research experience in any University Department or Research Institution or P.G. College or institution affiliated to a recognized University.

Duration

  • Minimum 3 years and maximum 6 years.

Procedure to apply

The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at CNLU, Patna when CNLU, Patna releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.

Along with the application form the candidate must submit a research proposal, outlining the theme of the research work with research methodology and chapter-wise breakup of the proposed work in 2000 words.

  • The candidate shall be evaluated through –
    • Written Entrance Test (150 Marks)
      • Research Aptitude
      • Research Methodology
      • Research Design
      • General English
      • Law (or specified subject)
    • Interview (50 Marks)
  • Syllabus for Ph.D. Entrance Test
    • Part – A (MCQs) – 20 Marks
      • General and Legal awareness (10 Questions of 1 mark each)
      • Research Aptitude Test (10 Questions of 1 mark each)
    • Part – B (Subjective) – 50 Marks
      • Research Methodology (10 Questions of 4 marks each)
      • Research Design (2 Questions of 5 marks each)
    • Part – C (Short Answer) – 15 Marks
      • General Issues on Social Justice and Human Rights (5 Questions of 1 mark each)
      • Socio-economic – legal issues (Interdisciplinary) (5 Question of 2 marks each)
    • Part – D (English Language Test) – 15 Marks
      • Comprehension (English Test) (5 marks)
      • Paragraph (English) writing (500 words maximum) (5 marks)
      • Precise Writing (English) (5 marks)
    • Part – E (Subject Specified) – 50 Marks
  • Format of Research Proposal
    • Title page
    • Introduction
      • Clear and definitive statement of the problem and related concepts.
      • Aims and objects of research
      • Hypothesis of the study
    • Review of Literature
    • Methodology of the study
    • Thesis outline
    • References

Judges of the High Courts and Supreme Court are exempted from the entrance test.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Doctoral Committee of the University.
  • After passing the interview the candidate can secure his or her enrollment by paying the requisite fee.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

Eligibility

  • No age limit.
  • Educational Qualification
    • Master of Law from recognized university with a minimum of 55% of marks or equivalent grade.

Duration

  • Minimum 3 years and maximum 6 years.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at NUALS, Kochi when NUALS, Kochi releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidate shall be evaluated through –
    • Written Entrance Test viz. Departmental Admission Test (DAT)
      • Following candidates are expected from DAT
        • Who have qualified UGC – JRF or NET Lectureship examination.
        • Foreign candidates, who have been sponsored by Government of India under Scholarship Scheme for undergoing Ph.D. programme in India
      • Interview by the Admission Committee consisting of the members of the Research Committee and such other members nominated by the Chairman, Research Committee.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Doctoral Committee of the University.
  • After passing the interview the candidate can secure his or her enrollment by paying the requisite fee.

National Law University Odisha, Cuttack

Eligibility

  • No age limit.
  • Educational Qualification –
    • Candidates having a degree of Masters of Law with 55% of aggregate marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University or Institute, or
    • Candidate having Masters degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or Management from a recognized recognised university with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade and 2 years of teaching experience or Ph.D. in any discipline.

Duration

  • Full Time Enrollment
    • Minimum 3 years and maximum 6 years
    • Minimum 28 months of residence at the University spread over 3 years. Such candidates shall assist in academic work in the University and shall be given stipend.
  • Part Time Enrolment
    • No minimum period and 6 years maximum period to defend Ph.D.
    • Minimum 28 months of residence at the University spread over the period between the registration as Ph.D. scholar and submission of the thesis.
  • 2 years relaxation will be granted to –
    • Women candidates (in addition to one Maternity Leave or Child Care Leave of 240 days.)
    • Special Abilities Persons with more than 40% disability.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at NLUO, Cuttack when NLUO, Cuttack releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • Along with the application form the candidate must submit a research proposal, outlining the theme of the research work with research methodology and chapter-wise breakup of the proposed work in 2000 words.
  • The candidate shall be evaluated through –
    • Written Entrance Test – Research Entrance Test (NLUORET) (200 Marks), including –
      • Research Methodology
      • Law
    • Interview by Doctoral Committee consisting of internal and external experts constituted by the Vice Chancellor.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Doctoral Committee of the University.
  • After passing the interview the candidate can secure his or her enrollment by paying the requisite fee.

National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi

Eligibility

  • No age limit
  • Educational Qualification – Candidate must be Masters of Law with 55% of aggregate marks or equivalent grade from recognised University or Institute.

Duration

  • The Ph.D. programme is only full time with a 2 years minimum period including residence for the course work and maximum period of 5 years.
  • The Ph.D. scholars may be required to take teaching assignments and render help as may be required in the academic and co-curricular activities of the University.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at NUSRL, Ranchi when NUSRL, Ranchi  releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • The candidates shall be evaluated through –
    • A written entrance test
    • Interview or viva-voce
  • Candidates with NET/JRF/SLET/SET are exempted from written examination.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 50% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Research Advisory Committee and the candidate must obtain 50% marks in the interview to get selected.

National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam

Eligibility

  • No age limit.
  • Educational Qualifications –
    • Candidates having a degree of Masters of Law with 55% of aggregate marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University or Institute, or
    • Candidate having Masters degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or Sciences from a recognized recognised university with aggregate 55% marks or equivalent grade, or
    • District and Session Judge or equivalent with 5 years of experience, or
    • Judge of any High Court with 2 years experience, or
    • Passed the C.S. examination and awarded the Associate Membership by Company Secretaries of India, if the candidate wishes to pursue his or her research in law with a special focus on public policy or law, or
    • Passed the final C.A. examination conducted by Chartered Accountants of India, or
      • The candidate whose final result of qualifying examination is awaited for any reason shall be allowed to appear in the entrance test. Such candidates will be allowed to present his or her research proposal only after successfully defending the qualifying examination.

Duration

  • Full-time Enrolment
    • No minimum period for defending Ph.D., whereas the maximum period is 3 years.
  • Part-time Enrolment
    • Minimum 3 years and maximum 5 years

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at NLUJA, Assam when NLUJA, Assam releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • Along with the application the candidate must submit a 1000 words research proposal including –
    • Hypothesis
    • Statement of problem
    • Research outlines
    • Set of research questions
    • Proposed research methodology
    • Survey of literature
  • Written Admission Test (100 marks and 3 hours) – The test will consist of Legal and Logical reasoning MCQs, short descriptive questions and essay type questions.
    • 25 MCQs (1 mark each)
    • 10 short descriptive questions (5 marks each), out of which candidates have to attempt any 5 questions.
    • 2 essay type questions (25 marks each), the candidate shall write essay on any topic of his or her area of interest of 1000 words.
      • Syllabus of Law
        • Contract Law
        • Jurisprudence
        • Personal Laws
        • Constitutional Law
        • International Law
        • Criminal Law
        • Human Rights Law
        • Environmental Law
        • Corporate Law
        • Intellectual Property Law
      • UGC – JRF/NET qualified candidates are exempted from admission tests.
      • Interview beforeResearch Committee.

Selection Process

  • A candidate must obtain 55% of marks in written examination to proceed towards the next level.
  • The interview of shortlisted candidates shall be conducted by the Research Committee and if the candidate passes the interview, he or she will be eligible to get enrolled as Ph.D. scholar at the University.

Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai

Eligibility

  • No age limit.
  • Educational Qualification
    • Master of Law from recognized university with a minimum of 55% of marks or equivalent grade, or
    • Candidates having M.Phil. degree in Law with B+ grade or equivalent marks from recognized university.

Duration

  • Minimum 3 years and maximum 6 years.

Procedure to apply

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at MNLU, Mumbai when MNLU, Mumbai releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • Along with the application form the candidate must submit a research proposal of 1500 words including –
    • Hypothesis
    • Statement of problem
    • literature review
  • D. Registration Admission Test (PAT) – Except UGC – NET / JRF / SET qualified candidates are exempted from the PAT.
    • PAT is 2 hours duration entrance examination, including
      • Legal Research Methodology
      • Law subjects
  • Interview – The final selection is based on interview and assessment of research proposal. The interview shall be conducted by the Postgraduate and Research Department (P.G. & R) and the department shall consider following aspects –
    • The candidate processes the competence for the proposed research.
    • The proposed area of research can contribute to new or additional knowledge.
    • The research work can be suitably undertaken at the University.

Selection Process

  • The final selection shall be made by the Postgraduate and Research Department (P.G. & R).

Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur

Eligibility

  • No age limit
  • Educational Qualification –
    • Masters of Law in regular mode from a recognized University or Institute with not less than 55% aggregate marks or equivalent grade, or
    • Masters in the discipline of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences in regular mode from a recognized University or Institute with not less than 55% aggregate marks or equivalent grade, provided that the candidate wishes to pursue research interfacing with public policy or law, or
    • Judge of any High Court with 3 years experience, or
    • Passed the C.S. examination and awarded the Associate Membership by Company Secretaries of India, if the candidate wishes to pursue his or her research in law with a special focus on public policy or law, or
    • Passed the final C.A. examination conducted by Chartered Accountants of India, or
    • The faculty members of the Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur can also pursue Ph.D. from the University with the permission of Vice-Chancellor.

Duration

  • Full – Time Enrolment
    • Minimum 3 years and maximum 6 years.
    • Compulsory 12 months residence in the University for the course work.
  • Part – Time Enrolment
    • Minimum 4 years and maximum 6 years.
    • Compulsory residence of 12 months in the University spread over a 4 year period.
  • 2 years relaxation will be granted to –
    • Women candidates (in addition to one Maternity Leave or Child Care Leave of 240 days.)
    • Special Abilities Persons with more than 40% disability.
  • A research scholar may be given a 6 months to 1 year extension on request by the Research Committee.
  • In some cases on the recommendation of the Academic Council, Supervisor and the Research Committee the Executive Council may grant a 1 year to 2 years extension to the research scholar to defend his or Ph.D..

Procedure to Apply/ Selection Process

  • The interested candidate can apply for the Ph.D. programme at MNLU, Nagpur when MNLU, Nagpur releases the application form and the number of seats available for the programme.
  • After successful submission of the application form, there shall be an All India Entrance Test (AIET) for Ph.D. Degree programme. The format of the AIET is –
  • 25 MCQs based Questions of 1 mark each. The questions will be from-
    • Law
    • Legal and Logical reasoning
  • 10 short descriptive questions out of which candidates should attempt any 5 questions, each of 5 marks. The questions will be from –
    • Contract Law
    • International Law
    • Jurisprudence
    • Personal Laws
    • Constitutional Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Human Rights Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Intellectual Property Law
  • 2 essay type questions each of 25 marks. The candidates are required to write a 1000 words essay on their area of interest for Ph.D. The essay shall be evaluated on –
    • Critical legal thinking
    • Legal language
    • Comprehension exhibited by the candidate
  • Following are exempted from AIET –
    • UGC – NET, JRF, CSIR, SLET, GATE, M.Phil qualified candidates.
    • Serving Judges of the High Court or Supreme Court with minimum 3 years of experience in judgeship.
    • Candidate who has already obtained Ph.D. Degree in any discipline.
  • Candidates who qualify AIET with 55% will be eligible for the second stage (along with exempled candidates), i.e. submission of a 1500 words Research Proposal before the Research Committee of the University. The Research Proposal shall include the following –
    • Hypothesis
    • Statement of problem
    • Research outline
    • Set of research questions
    • Proposed research methodology
    • Survey of literature
    • Expected outcomes of the research
  • The Research Committee will evaluate the candidates based on the Research Proposal submitted and shortlisted candidates shall be called for the final round, i.e. Interview.
  • The candidates who successfully crack the interview will be admitted to the Ph.D. Degree Programme.

Fee Structure

For Indian Nationals

Mode of Fee

Amount

Application Fee

Rs. 2,000/-

Registration Fee (at the time of admission)

Rs. 15,000/-

Course Work Fee (at the time of admission)

Rs. 25,000/-

Annual Fee (every year)

Rs. 10,000/-

Library fee (annual)

Rs. 6,000/-

Library Caution Money (refundable)

Rs. 10,000/-

Hostel Caution Money (refundable)

Rs. 10,000/-

Internet/ Electronic database (annual)

Rs. 6,000/-

Fee for Change of Area of Research

Rs. 5,000/-

Fee for final presentation

Rs. 20,000/-

Examination Fee (at the time of submission of Thesis)

Rs. 10,000/-

Re-examination Fee (at the time of submission of thesis)

Rs. 15,000/-

Re-submission of Thesis Fee

Rs. 20,000/-

Provisional Certificate

Rs. 500/-

Notes

  • General Note for all NLUs : The Fee Structure may vary.
  • General Note for all NLUs : The research proposals are subject to Plagiarism check. Research Proposal with more than 10% to 15% plagiarism will be rejected.
  • General Note for all NLUs : The provisional enrollment in Ph.D. Programme will become permanent enrollment after successful completion of Course Work.

References


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