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Doctoral Program in

Chitkara University’s Doctoral Program in Law enables successful legal researchers and professionals to either extend their professional careers or pursue academic careers by attaining solid theoretical knowledge of conceptualized legal issues and developing research skills. The program also helps students, lawyers, judicial officers, etc. to analyse dynamic situations, find out right explanations for contemporary problems, and implement the best workable solutions to complex legal issues.

Notably, the doctoral program at Chitkara University is different from a traditional PhD in Law as it is uniquely designed.

Program Overview

While an LLM degree provides in-depth knowledge of law and legal complications, it requires a PhD degree to develop a deep understanding of diverse unforeseen legal problems that need research-oriented solutions.

  • Seasoned Faculty Members

    The Faculty includes an outstanding group of influential, law experts and active experts in their respective fields. The faculty get together to form a vibrant and well-integrated intellectual community, where collaborations and exchanges across fields are common. The faculty laboriously helps students from the start of their programme until the completion of their research work, to support the development of their ideas and their integration in the international research community.

  • Outcome Oriented Approach

    All doctoral researchers will have the ability to characterise and solve socio-legal problems using advanced research tools. They would be able to derive policy implications from their research and communicate these to policymakers, practitioners, and other academics in a manner that is comprehensible. They will also be able to peer review others’ research and offer constructive criticism; and extend the frontiers of the discipline through their own innovative research.

  • Multiple Career Avenues

    Doctoral researchers may choose to become academicians, work in government, professionals, multinational organisations, or in the research arms of major institutions. The students achieve a substantial understanding of contemporaneous legal issues, thus enabling them to take a lead in ongoing debates within society. Along with this, it is also warranted that by the end of their coursework, students compete effectively in the academic job, professional market and all sectors of their choice.

Admission Eligibility

The candidates who have completed any of the following qualification(s) are eligible to seek admission to the PhD program as per Chitkara University regulations and UGC Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD Degree Regulations, 2022 issued dated 07.11.2022 [(New Delhi, 7th November, 2022; No. F. 1-3/2021(QIP)].

  • A 1-year/2-semester master’s degree program in relevant discipline after a 3-year/6-semester or 5-years/10-semester bachelor’s degree program
  • A 2-year/4-semester master’s degree program in relevant discipline after a 3-year/5-years bachelor’s degree program
  • Qualifications declared equivalent to the master’s degree in relevant discipline by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed


  • An equivalent qualification from a foreign educational institution accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or assure quality and standards of the educational institution.

A 3-year/6-semester or 5-years/10-semester bachelor’s degree program in relevant discipline with a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed, subject to the following conditions:

  • The candidate should have a full-time teaching or research/industry experience of at least 4 years.
  • The candidate should be currently working in AICTE/UGC approved College/University/Government agency/industry.

Note: Relaxation for reserved categories as per UGC norms

How to Apply

Candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria, are required to fill the admission form with evidences of all particulars to be attached. All application forms will be screened by a separate screening committee whose representatives will be from Doctoral Research Committee and experts from the University in the respective areas. The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record, documents submitted and relevant experience will appear in a written test to be conducted by the University. Time-table & Curriculum will be intimated to the registered candidates. The candidates will then appear for a personal interview for the final selection.

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Program Fee Structure

Fee Components Amount
Enrolment Fee Rs. 30,000/-
Career Advancement Services Fee Rs. 20,000/-
Course Work Fee 1 Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 2 Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 3 Rs. 25,000/-
Doctoral Seminar on Specialisation Rs. 60,000/-
Research Proposal Seminar Rs. 60,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 1 Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 2 Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 3 Rs. 20,000/-
Pre-Thesis Submission Rs. 40,000/-
Thesis Submission & Defence Rs. 75,000/-
Total Rs. 4,20,000/-

Program Structure

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum includes compulsory coursework, research proposal and objectives, research work and progress, pre-thesis work, and thesis defense. It also includes fulfillment of all research objectives, acceptance/publication of research papers in peer-reviewed journals or conferences.

The course work comprises of five components: research methodology, advanced research methodology, doctoral foundation seminar, doctoral concentration seminar, and research & publication ethics. After successfully completing coursework, the research scholar works in close coordination and under the strict supervision of his / her research guide, prepares the research proposal, and identifies the objectives of the research work.

Progress of the research work is reviewed every six months and finally, the scholars submit their thesis and defend it. The Doctoral Research Committee (DRC) closely mentors and monitors this process.

Phase Sub components Outcome
Course Work Research Methodology Enabling scholars to purse research in a methodical
Advanced Research Methodology Enabling scholars to know about tools and technologies to process their data
Doctoral Foundation Seminar Enabling and equipping scholars with required tools and technologies in their broad discipline area
Doctoral Concentration Seminar a) Motivation to Research, b) identification of base paper(s), c) State-of-art, d) Identification of research gaps, e) Identification of Tools/ technologies for conducting proposed research
Research & Publication Ethics Sensitization towards research, Ehics and respect to science and research integrity, Intellectual honesty and research integrity, Scientific misconducts, Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism
Submission of Research Proposal Extensive literature review / research proposal submitted to Dean (DRC) in prescribed format
Progress Seminar – I Progress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – II Progress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – III Progress on identified research objectives
Pre Thesis Seminar Achievement of all objectives, Thesis ready in final shape, Research paper(s) communicated to Conferences / Journals
Thesis Submission and Defence Eligibility for award of PhD degree
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What to Expect

The PhD in law at Chitkara University will prepare you for an outstanding career in research and teaching. Right from your first semester, you’ll get to work with faculty mentors across the legal field as you investigate legal challenges that interest you. Our doctoral program students have the legal acumen—and diligence—to study complex issues of law and policymakers face.

  • Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers at Chitkara
    Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers at Chitkara

    Learn by Doing

    Students' intellectual growth is fostered through working closely with faculty in seminars, research projects, and other assignments that develop research and teaching skills. The curriculum offers the breadth of understanding of the integral components of law as well as depth of field specialisation sufficient to permit the student to make meaningful contributions to the discipline.

  • Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences Chitkara
    Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences Chitkara

    Support at Each Step

    PhD students work with faculty on all phases of the research process—from idea generation and study design to data analysis and writing. The culture is collegial and informal, with students viewed as colleagues and co-authors. Moreover, students are encouraged to work with multiple faculty, which helps them widen their perspective on contemporary legal problems.

  • Student Support Chitkara
    Student Support Chitkara

    Industry-Led Curriculum

    We maintain close links with leading blue-chip legal firms and professional associations to deliver our academic programs and ensure that our courses are relevant, and practical in tune with the industry demands, allowing our scholars to explore any area of their interest.

  • Collaborative Research Environment Chitkara
    Collaborative Research Environment Chitkara

    Rigorous Research Avenues

    We prepare our scholars for knowledge creation, theorisation, empirical examination, and dissemination. You can make the most of this opportunity by committing to a rigorous curriculum and meaningful research. The results prove that you will benefit in a meaningful way: Our PhD graduates have pursued careers in academia and have worked in top positions in blue chip organisations.

Concentrations Offered

Our PhD in Law offers a very conducive research environment that combines rigor and relevance, and a curriculum that offers foundational courses with flexible, cross-disciplinary electives. Some of the concentrations are:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Law
  • Family Law
  • Land and Property Law
  • Forensic Science
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • Business Law
  • International Law
  • Labour Law
  • Etc…

Framework for PhD Program

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