1. Every student admitted to Ph.D. Programme in the Faculty of Law shall be required to pass a “Course Work” of minimum 20 credits.
  2. The candidate can submit his/her thesis only after passing the course work. A candidate has to clear the course work in a maximum of four semesters. A candidate can take a maximum of two attempts for passing a course. If he/she does not pass within this period, his/her Ph.D. registration shall stand cancelled. There shall be no provision of supplementary examination.
  3. The 20 credit course shall normally be spread over two semesters. Semester for Ph.D. course work shall start from the academic session July and January.
  4. The 20 credits shall be distributed as follows:
    1. Legal Research and Method - 08
    2. Advance Legal Theory - 08
    3. Theme Oriented Course Work - 04
    4. Explanation: For Theme Oriented course work there shall not be any examination. The satisfactory report of the supervisor shall be sufficient to declare the candidate successful in that course work.


  1. End Semester examinations shall be held for Ph.D. course taught in the particular semester.
  2. Examination shall be held at the end of each semester and shall be notified by the Controller of Examinations. Every student shall be required to fill up the examination form within the time notified by the Controller of Examinations. A candidate shall be eligible for appearing in the examination if he/she fulfils the minimum attendance requirement and submits the examination form within the stipulated time.
  3. Attendance requirement shall be the same as provided in the Ph.D. ordinances.
  4. A candidate, who does not fulfill the above requirements, shall not be allowed to appear in the concerned examination.
  5. Teachers of the Faculty admitted to Ph.D. research programme are exempted from attending classes of the course work. However they have to appear in the course work examination as prescribed in the ordinance.
  6. Preparation and presentation of seminar on research plan proposal and the other seminar, where applicable, and the review of literature, if applicable, shall be evaluated by the concerned RPC while all Discipline-Specific and Research Theme Specific courses shall be evaluated by examiners appointed by the Board of Examiners.
  7. Based on performance in the examination and other assessments, the candidate shall be declared pass or fail. A candidate shall be declared pass in a Discipline-Specific and Research-Theme Specific theory and practical course if he/she secures at least
  8. 50% marks in the course. For other items viz. literature review/field work etc., the candidate shall be declared only passed or failed based on assessment by the concerned RPC without any marks being assigned. The preparation and presentation of research plan proposal, as required under the Ph.D. Ordinances, shall be evaluated by RPC as well as DRC and the candidate declared pass or fail.
  9. The candidate shall be considered to have passed the course work of the Ph.D. programme only when he/she has passed all courses.


  1. For those candidates who have been admitted in session 2009-10 and 2010-2011, this period for course work shall apply beginning from January 2011.
  2. For the candidates admitted to Ph.D. programme in the academic session 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, the course work for Ph.D. Programme shall commence from January 2011, and they have to complete the course work of 20 credit hours, including examinations, in two semesters only.


  1. Criteria of Good Research: Meaning and objects of Research; Importance of Research Methodology; Kinds of Legal Research: Historical, Analytical, Philosophical.
  2. Legal Research in India: Evolution and Development; Problems and Challenges.
  3. Interdisciplinary Perspective on Legal Research.
  4. Identification of Research Problem; Survey of Literature; Working Hypothesis.
  5. Tools and Techniques of Legal Research; Doctrinal and Empirical Research; Interview technique; Scaling technique of Socio-Legal Research; Determination of Sample Design; Data Collection and Analysis.
  6. Main Steps in Research Writing; Lay Out; Chapterization; Preparation of Introduction and Conclusion; Treatment of Quotations; Methods of Citation; Bibliography; Abbreviations.
  7. Computer Application in Legal Research.


  1. Law and Social Transformation.
  2. Ethics, Morality and Law.
  3. Modern Theories of Justice with specific reference to Nozick, Rawls,and Finnis
  4. Economic Approach to Law with reference to Posner.
  5. Inter-relationship between Law and Modernization in a developing society.
  6. Modern Challenges to Legal Formalism and Recent Legal Theories: Critical Legal Studies; Feminism; Postmodernism.
  7. New Perspective on Legal Theory: Human Rights; Sustainable Development; Globalization.