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Doctor of Philosophy in Law Program

Pursue excellence in legal scholarship with our Ph.D. in Law program.

Charisma University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Law is a prestigious program crafted for aspiring legal scholars and educators. As the highest academic degree in the field of law, this program offers a unique blend of advanced legal studies and research. Candidates can specialize in International Law, Comparative Legal Studies, or Terrorism and Counterterrorism.

The program begins with 37 units of coursework, encompassing Ph.D. core courses, required specialization courses, and elective subjects within the chosen field. Following the successful completion of a qualifying oral examination, candidates advance to the dissertation phase, a comprehensive project culminating in a final oral exam. Designed to be completed within 3 to 5 years, the program emphasizes independent study and research under the mentorship of experienced law faculty, tailored to align with each student’s research interests and career goals.

  • Develop comprehensive research skills for a dissertation in a chosen legal field.
  • Apply advanced legal knowledge to complex and novel situations.
  • Write and publish high-quality legal research papers.
  • Gain expertise in specialized areas of law, such as International Law, Comparative Legal Studies, or Terrorism and Counterterrorism.
  • Prepare for advanced legal scholarship and teaching roles.

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Law program are equipped for prestigious careers in academia, legal research, and higher education. They emerge as experts capable of contributing to legal scholarship, teaching at university levels, and engaging in sophisticated legal analysis and consultancy in their areas of specialization.

Program Structure

Explore the detailed program structure, including core subjects and a diverse range of electives.

This program requires a total of 52 credits, including 15 credits dedicated to the dissertation.

This program has the following course requirements:

Students must complete all the required core courses (13 Credits).

The International Law specialization delves deeply into a range of core and specialized topics, including International trade law, international business transactions, human rights law, laws of combat, immigration law, international criminal law, international environmental law, health law, and more. Students are required to complete a thoroughly researched paper under the personalized guidance and supervision of their dissertation committee, comprised of experts in the respective area of law.

International Law specialization students must complete all the two courses from this section.

The Comparative Legal Studies concentration centers on comparing laws and norms across one or more countries, offering students the chance to comprehend legal contexts distinct from the American common law system. Emphasizing opportunities for utilizing comparative law methodology, students can analyze and compare laws of two or more countries of their choice, facilitating in-depth legal research.

The Terrorism and Counterterrorism specialization provides a comprehensive understanding of terrorism threats and effective response strategies. Students in this concentration explore differences between terrorism, insurgency, and armed conflict, studying State and Non-state actors, along with counter-terrorism measures. The program delves into the nature and history of terrorism, success and failure factors for terrorist groups, counter-terrorism strategies, and responses to domestic and international terrorist campaigns. Students gain a diverse set of security methods, techniques, and analytical and policy skills.

This program has the following elective courses.
This program does not have any additional requirements; refer to the core courses section for all the courses required.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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Program Brochure

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How to Apply

Find detailed information about application requirements and important deadlines for enrollment. Ready to begin your journey? Start your application now at our Online Application Portal.

Please visit our Admission Requirements page for detailed information on the institution-wide application requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The duration of our graduate programs varies. Master’s programs typically take 1-2 years, while Doctoral programs may take 3-5 years to complete, depending on the field of study, program structure, and whether you’re enrolled full-time or part-time.

Many of our graduate programs offer a degree of customization through elective courses, independent study options, and specialized tracks. This flexibility allows students to tailor their studies to align with specific career objectives and research interests.
Charisma University understands the need for flexibility in graduate studies. We offer various options, including part-time enrollment, evening classes, and online courses, to help students balance their academic pursuits with work or other personal commitments.

Contact Information

For more information about this program, the degree requirements and program information, please contact the following personnel.
Administrative Support Contact.

(649) 941-7337
(406) 831-9384

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(649) 941-7337
(406) 831-9384

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