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Applications, fees and funding

The opportunity to undertake advanced legal research at one of the world's best law schools.

PhD admission requirements

Our normal entry requirement is an average of 70 per cent in an LLM or equivalent qualification. For full prospectus and admission requirements, please click here.


LSE offers studentships in the form of LSE PhD Studentships. There is no separate application process; applicants who have been offered a place in our doctoral programme will be automatically considered for funding.

Additional Law School Financial Support

In addition to a generous LSE PhD Studentship scheme, you can expect to draw from several additional sources of financial support during your PhD.

PhD Research Allowance

Every PhD student receives a personal research allowance from the Law School of £1,000 per annum for funding research related expenses.This fund may be used to fund the purchase of books and equipment relating to your research, paying for language courses and attendance at conferences.

Proof Reading for Final Year PhD Students

All final year PhD students in the Law School are eligible to apply for funds to cover the cost of proofreading their doctoral thesis up to the value of £750.

PhD Field Work Fund

All Law PhD students conducting field work relevant to their research may apply to the Law School for a one-off award up to the value of £1,500 to cover costs incurred in conducting their research.

Law PhD Hardship Fund

All Law PhD students have access to a hardship fund.Awards of up to £5,000 can be made in cases of special need.


External funding

Application process and fees

The application deadline is 13 January 2023. For more information, please see:

MPhil/PhD Law

Graduate Admissions 

Table of Fees


Contact Us

For more information on the delivery and content of the PhD Programme, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For more information on entry requirements and how to apply, please email: