The Caucasus School of Law works with the leading academic institutions and partner universities, which enables PhD students to realize their academic potential. The Law School offers PhD programs in Private/Business Law, Public, Criminal and International Law. These usually last three years, however, students unable to present a doctoral thesis after three years are allowed to complete their studies for their PhD within the next four years.
Within the PhD program 60 ECTS are allocated for the learning component and 120ECTS for the research component. The academic component includes two methodological, one interdisciplinary and two research courses. Students are also required to serve as assistants to professors and complete two thematic seminars.
PhD students at the Caucasus School of Law are able to work and study, notwithstanding that attendance at classes is required, which is why Caucasus University classes are scheduled for 7.00 p.m. Each PhD student is allowed to choose his/her academic load. The contact hours are limited to what is practical in each individual case and the main emphasis is put on individual work. The academic part of the program is designed to allow students to devote the maximum time to doctoral research without too much bureaucracy.
The Program also allows students to participate in grant award programs in order to complete their education at foreign universities.
PhD graduates who defend their thesis with honour will gain the privilege of being offered high salary posts at Caucasus School of Law. There are currently 45 PhD program graduates, including judges at Tbilisi City Court, famous solicitors, notaries and other public officials holding significant offices.