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Doctoral Program in Law

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Doctor in Law

schedule Duration

8 semesters

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01/09/2024 - 30/11/2024

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March 2025

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$5.700.000 (annually)

Program Description

The Program is aimed primarily at law graduates with interest in academic research and consists of two stages. During the first stage, students must complete the mandatory and in-depth courses to prepare them to write and defend the thesis project. Once the above process has been completed, students become doctoral candidates and a Master’s degree in Legal Science. The second stage is research and ends with the public defense of an original and unpublished doctoral thesis, after which the degree of Doctor in Law is obtained.

The Program has a doctoral faculty composed of doctors qualified to supervise doctoral theses in Private Law, Public Law, Criminal Law, and Philosophy and History of Law. In addition, the faculty members have active research areas in their specialized fields and are of recognized prestige, both nationally and internationally.

Years of Accreditation

  • Program accredited by CNA-Chile for 2 years until October 2025.

Program Objectives

  • To provide its students with the methodology and knowledge necessary to research in the legal sciences with excellence.
  • To contribute, through the research of the legal problem of each thesis, to the advancement of legal knowledge and reflection.

Learning Outcomes

The academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Law requires developing a systematic process of research based on the sources of law, which requires the preparation and defense of a thesis. Therefore, this Thesis will consist of an independent, original, and unpublished work in law that helps solve a legal problem, thus certifying the competence of the Candidates as autonomous researchers.  

Specifically, these characteristics will be reflected in the fact that the graduates of the Doctoral Program will be able to: 

  • Propose a creative and innovative solution to the legal problem that is the object of doctoral research.
  • Rigorously use research and consultation techniques of doctrine, jurisprudence, comparative law, and the law required in the creation and materialization of the doctoral thesis.
  • In a written and oral format, transmit rigorously the results obtained from their research and that arise from the elaboration of the Doctoral Thesis.


Research Areas

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Public Law

Private Law

Philosophy and History of Law

Criminal Law

Application Requirements

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Applying to the program requires holding a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree from a Chilean university. The application of a student to the program who does not have an academic degree in Law must be approved by the Doctoral Committee.  

In case of having academic degrees granted by foreign universities, these must be equivalent to those mentioned in the previous paragraph. The consideration of the equivalence of foreign academic degrees will be based on the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), created by UNESCO, in force at the date of application.

All applicants to the program must submit the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Certificates, if applicable, or a duly authorized or legalized copy thereof;
  3. Grade ranking of their generation at the time of obtaining the Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree, indicating the applicants’ position in the ranking.
  4. Undergraduate and graduate grades transcripts, if applicable.
  5. A letter of intent.
  6. Doctoral research proposal. 
  7. Two letters of recommendation.
  8. Copy of any research work at the undergraduate or graduate level, or publication in a scholarly journal, done by the applicants; and
  9. A certificate of English language proficiency.
  10. The applicants’ e-mail addresses must be expressly indicated in the applications.

The complete description of the required documents

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Graduation Requirements

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  • To have fulfilled the requirements for graduation: completion of the study plan and that the research, the original text, and the oral and public defense of the thesis have been approved by the thesis defense committee.
  • To have spent at least four semesters in the program.
  • To have completed at least two annual follow-up activities. 
  • To demonstrate certified advanced command of the English language. 
  • To be the main author of at least one article in process of review in a mainstream journal or book. 
  • To have passed at least three transversal skills workshops. At least one of them will have focus on the study of ethics and integrity in research. 
  • To have completed a research stay or internship abroad. 

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For further information, please visit the website for this Doctoral Program

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