PhD in Law, LLD Course (Doctor of Laws) – Overview
The LLD degree is a higher doctorate qualification in law awarded to those who are deemed to have made a substantial contribution to the betterment of legal practice and/or research. Academically, the LLD is of a higher level than a PhD and LLD holders are held in very high esteem within the academic, professional and political arenas.
It is especially awarded where individuals have published unique, original and highly regarded work on the history and exposition or criticism of law. Otherwise referred to as a Doctorate in Law, the LLD signifies the highest qualification bestowed upon legal academicians and professionals.
There are no supervised assessments to carry out in order to obtain an LLD, as the granting of the qualification is based upon previously published work of academic or professional excellence. There is no coursework to submit. If you wish to be awarded a LLD, then you will need to lodge an application and submit the published materials upon which you feel the LLD should be granted.
Published material can be works published in peer reviewed publications, published papers and other publications by major publishing companies. Examiners will assess whether your work contains an important and original contribution to the field of law, especially to the science and study of the same.
LLD Entry Requirements
The entry requirements are to prove that you have sufficient academic seniority and experience to be considered for the qualification. There are several ways you can demonstrate that you are indeed worthy of LLD consideration, such as having held an LLB for at least seven years and/or an LLM for at least four or five years. If you have a PhD, then you may also be considered for consideration and assessment.
It is quite normal for LLD degrees to be given to you if you are already connected with a particular educational institution, and you will normally be expected to have carried out your work whilst attending the institution in a research or academic capacity. However, this requirement can be waived by special consideration. If you are interested, then you are advised to express your interest in being considered for the LLD as soon as possible.
There is also an application fee that will need to be paid along with the LLD application and supporting evidence.