Applicants for the Doctoral Program must hold a qualifying law degree, i.e. a law degree that, from an academic perspective, allows its holder to seek admission to the bar in the jurisdiction concerned. Non-university practice or traineeship periods for such bar admission shall not be necessary. Applicants who do not hold a qualifying law degree are eligible if they have earned an LLM degree from an accredited university. In the event that this LLM degree is a CEU one, applicants must have obtained a GPA equal or superior to 3.33 (B+).
Applicants enrolled in a doctoral program at CEU cannot be simultaneously enrolled in other institutions of higher education.
The Doctoral Program of the Department of Legal Studies asks applicants to submit the following documents:
- Completed CEU Application Form
- Letters of Recommendation
- Two academic referees / One academic and one professional referee if the applicant has more than three years of work experience
- Academic Records
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- An English-language academic writing sample (master’s thesis, essay, journal article, etc.)
- Detailed research proposal (max. 3000 words excluding literature)
- Proof of English Proficiency
Completed applications must be submitted through online application system by the deadline. Late submission of required documents is not possible, and incomplete applications may lead to early stage rejection.
Candidates intending to write their thesis in the domain of comparative constitutional law, may find the following readings useful:
- A Sajo and R Uitz, The Constitution of Freedom, An Introduction to Legal Constitutionalism (OUP, 2017)
- M Rosenfeld and A Sajó (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (OUP, 2012) (Introduction freely available under: https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578610.001....
- T Ginsburg and R Dixon (eds), Comparative Constitutional Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011 Introduction freely available under: https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1066&context=public_law_and_legal_theory
- R Hirschl, Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law, OUP 2014
The admission procedure is composed of the following:
- Review of application packages
- Telephone/Skype interview offered to selected applicants on the basis of their application package
The Department of Legal Studies reserves the right to check the originality of all submissions.