The Doctor of Laws (LLD) Qualification
The Doctor of Laws qualification is the highest award possible in the field of law and is granted to you based upon your unique and substantial contribution to the advancement and study of law, legal science and philosophy.
There are no examinations or dissertations, as assessment is based purely on your actual achievements in their chosen field of expertise. Materials assessed can be previously published books from major publishers, peer reviewed papers and journal entries. Unpublished work can be used as supporting material only and examiners assess work based upon its originality, insights, arguments and expositions of law.
Since the Doctor of Laws or LLD is not generally a taught course, it is not a natural academic progression from any particular qualification, although there are generally academic requirements in addition to other more important criteria.
Academically, you should have already achieved an LLB and held it for at least seven years or an LLM for at least four years. PhD graduates may also apply to be considered for the Doctor of Laws award. Some institutions allow you to carry out a dissertation to gain their Doctor of Laws, which amounts to a partly taught syllabus. Most Doctor of Laws are based on previous work, and achievements and can even be granted in an honorary capacity.
You are usually expected to apply in writing outlining details of the work to be submitted and the basis upon which you feel you should be considered for the Doctor of Laws degree. Copies of all relevant printed publications should be submitted with the applications along with unpublished papers as supporting documents.
You must successfully pass an initial assessment of your research proposal and possibly a foreign language proficiency test. There will also be an interview when your academic background and professional experience will be considered prior to deciding whether their proposal will be accepted for assessment.
Examiners assess your work on the basis of its originality and contribution to the study and understanding of law as a discipline as well as its discursive quality and uniqueness. The assessment is carried out for the purpose of ascertaining whether you are a world-class doctoral graduate with the academic knowledge and expertise necessary to be of benefit to the advancement of the legal profession.