We are keen to encourage the development of research in socio-legal studies and invite applications for research in areas of staff interest and expertise. The PhD has always been of high quality and many outstanding PhD theses have been published.
The normal entry requirement for the MPhil/PhD programme is an average of 68 per cent on the LLM or equivalent qualification. The requirement will be applied flexibly, in particular to candidates who have performed exceptionally well in a dissertation or who have an outstanding undergraduate qualification. The number we accept is limited. With your application you should give the title of a broad general area in which you wish to undertake research, and a detailed outline (three or four pages) of a specific topic within that field indicating the ways in which you consider that extended scholarly research and analysis in the field will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge. You should also give some indication of the materials you expect to use, where you expect to find them and the methods of analysis you propose to use. If the proposal takes the form of a theoretical hypothesis, you should indicate how you propose to test it.
You will have research training through LSE's research methods courses run by the Methodology Institute, and at departmental level, through the Law Department research seminar. This consists of presentations concentrating on the methodological problems of legal and socio-legal research, by members of staff, visiting speakers and research students. You are expected to attend the seminar and give presentations on your work. Some students are given the opportunity to teach undergraduates. Research students are also invited to staff seminars and seminars given by other PhD students.