Degree to be achieved: Doctoral Degree of Science Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) in Social Sciences
Standard period of study: 3 years
Type of studies: Full time
Amount of credits: 144 credit points or 216 ECTS
European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level: Level 8
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level: Level 8
Language of instruction: Latvian or English
Accreditation: the program is accredited until 21.06.2025.

Tuition fee:

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members; Long Term Resident EU - 3000 EUR per Year
Other сountry citizens - 3750 EUR per Year

Short Program description

The aim of the Doctoral Study Programme “Law” is:

  • Preparing qualified researchers for academic and scientific work at universities, state and private enterprises, as well as for high level complexity tasks in practical jurisprudence;
  • Carrying out state-level scientific, economic, cultural and social higher-level doctoral studies in legal science, providing:
  • opportunity to deepen theoretical knowledge and research competences in legal science as a whole and in the chosen sub-sector,
  • develop a qualitative Doctoral thesis.

The main part of the study programme consists of preparing a Doctoral thesis, publishing and approbation of research results that are in progress, which corresponds to the goal of doctoral studies - the implementation of in-depth research in order to prepare a large original study (thesis) that would be the basis for obtaining a Doctor's degree.  In addition to this part, doctoral students are provided with the opportunity to improve general skills, as well as get acquainted with the latest achievements of the industry, not only in the subject of their research, but also in a broader context.

Detailed information and study plan

ERASMUS+ exchange possibilities

UL full-time students, regardless of their citizenship, have the opportunity to apply for the ERASMUS + exchange program for studies or/and traineeship.  

More information:

ERASMUS + study mobility 
ERASMUS + traineeship moblity  

Admission requirements

Master's degree in law or equivalent education of law science.

As a part of the admission process applicants will be asked to participate in an online interview.

English language proficiency.

Autumn Intake (application start: 02 Jan 2023; studies start in Sept 2023)


Contact persons for more information about the programme:

Programme director
Dr.iur. Jānis Lazdiņš

Programme secretary
Agnese Šteinberga