Students registered within the doctoral program must complete graduate-level courses, a thesis, as well as ethics and professional development training to complete degree requirements.
Students enrolled in the PhD program must successfully complete a thesis and graduate-level courses (9 credits) including LAW 696: Graduate Seminar (3 credits) and two additional graduate-level courses (6 credits)
Course selected is determined in consultation with the student’s academic supervisor and the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies.
Students may enrol in graduate-level courses offered by other academic departments at the University of Alberta with the written approval of the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, after consideration of the student’s experience, needs and course availability.
Candidates are required to produce approximately 250-350 pages or 62,500-87,500 words, inclusive of footnotes or endnotes. The thesis topic must be approved by the student’s academic supervisor and the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies.
Doctoral Candidacy Exam
PhD students must pass a candidacy exam within three years of commencing their program of study. The candidacy exam is an oral examination, which is designed to ensure that doctoral students possess adequate knowledge of scholarship relevant to their thesis project and the ability to complete original research in their field of study.
Ethics Training Requirements
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires graduate students complete eight hours of Ethics Training (three hours of which are provided by the Faculty of Law).
Professional Development Training Requirement
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires graduate students submit an individualized professional development plan within 18 months of commencing the PhD program. The plan is a career and skills assessment exercise, which enables graduate students to consider their future career goals and map participation in professional development activities. Templates for an individual development plan are available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
PhD students are required to complete at least one academic year in full-time residence at the University of Alberta. If the student holds an LLM degree from the University of Alberta, a request made be made for a waiver of residency, upon the recommendation of the supervisory committee and the approval of the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies.
The time required to complete the PhD program will vary according to the student’s previous education, experience and the nature of the thesis project. Students must complete the program requirements within six years.