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Application opening date: 01/11/2022   [Add to calendar] 2022-11-01 2022-11-01 Europe/Paris Doctoral programme in Law - European University Institute Florence, Italy YYYY-MM-DD

Application deadline: 31/01/2023 14:00 CET

Programme Description

The Department of Law enables you to study the challenges facing European law, public international law, and private law, with Ph.D.  opportunities across social, cultural, political and economic topics.

Our researchers create strong links during their time here, thanks to our outstanding levels of interaction between faculty and researchers. Close supervision, seminars that are open to all, and active working groups ensure a dynamic exchange of ideas and knowledge, which shapes your research and helps develop your intellectual independence.

The interdisciplinary nature of our Department means that each year, world-famous scholars and leaders in their field visit to carry out research and to present and discuss their work. Our researchers further develop their skills and understanding through access to these experts.

Meet the EUI LAW faculty and check their research fields.

The policy of the EUI is not to offer individual guidance and advice on dissertation proposals. Do not contact potential supervisors but read the information on research themes and indicate one or more professors who could supervise your dissertation in the application form.

If you have any questions on the programme, grants, requirements, application and selection procedures, please contact the EUI Admissions Office – Email: [email protected]

The EUI is committed to providing equitable and inclusive conditions for all candidates and is keen to attract, encourage and retain a diverse and highly qualified community of scholars.

Candidates with disabilities or specific educational needs are encouraged to register their needs with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies (Email: [email protected] ) for the coordination of reasonable adjustments at the stage of application, selection, and admission to the programme.

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Best Law Schools in Europe

Below is the list of best universities in Europe ranked based on their research performance in Law. A graph of 1.07M citations received by 114K academic papers made by 376 universities in Europe was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

1. University of Oxford

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2. University of Cambridge

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3. London School of Economics and Political Science

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4. University of Amsterdam

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5. King's College London

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6. University College London

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7. University of Manchester

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8. University of Warwick

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9. University of Edinburgh

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10. University of Bristol

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11. University of Birmingham

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12. University of Leeds

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13. Utrecht University

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14. University of Nottingham

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15. Durham University

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16. Leiden University

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17. Queen Mary University of London

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18. University of Oslo

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19. University of Glasgow

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20. University of Copenhagen

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21. University of London

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22. Catholic University of Leuven

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23. University of Sussex

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24. Cardiff University

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25. University of Sheffield

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26. Lancaster University

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27. University of Leicester

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28. Queen's University Belfast

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29. University of Essex

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30. University of Kent

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31. University of Exeter

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32. Keele University

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33. University of Liverpool

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34. University of Helsinki

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35. University of Southampton

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36. Aberystwyth University

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37. Free University Amsterdam

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38. Erasmus University Rotterdam

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39. Maastricht University

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40. Tilburg University

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41. University of East Anglia

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42. University of York

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43. Lund University

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44. Aarhus University

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45. University of St Andrews

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46. Radboud University

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47. Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin

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48. Newcastle University

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49. Ghent University

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50. University of Hull

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51. University of Vienna

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52. SOAS, University of London

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53. National Research University Higher School of Economics

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54. University College Dublin

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55. University of Zurich

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56. Uppsala University

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57. University of Westminster

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58. Stockholm University

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59. Swansea University

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60. University of Reading

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61. Birkbeck, University of London

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62. University of Stirling

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63. University of Warsaw

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64. University of Bologna

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65. Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

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66. University of Aberdeen

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67. University of Luxembourg

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68. Ulster University

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69. Royal Holloway, University of London

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70. Imperial College London

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71. Brunel University London

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72. University of Gothenburg

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73. Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main

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74. Free University of Berlin

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75. University of Liege

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76. University of Strathclyde

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77. University of Antwerp

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78. Sapienza University of Rome

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79. University of Munich

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80. University of Groningen

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81. University College Cork

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82. Nottingham Trent University

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83. National University of Ireland, Galway

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84. Loughborough University

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85. Humboldt University of Berlin

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86. Middlesex University

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87. University of Hamburg

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88. City, University of London

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89. Central European University

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90. University of Surrey

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91. Complutense University of Madrid

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92. Oxford Brookes University

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93. University of Milan

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94. University of Geneva

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95. Normal Superior School

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96. University of Gottingen

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97. Free University of Brussels - VUB

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98. Free University of Brussels

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99. Northumbria University

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100. University of Bradford

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17 Best law schools in Europe for international students in 2023

17 Best law schools in Europe for international students in 2022

  Studying law at one of the best law schools in Europe is a dream come true, as a degree is highly respected in this part of the continent.  We have compiled a list of the 20 best law schools in Europe based on world rankings, Times Education Ranking and QS Ranking with a brief description of the school and its location.

  More and more UK law schools are integrating the opportunity to do so into their curricula.  And the good news is that several European law schools teach English.  And many are trying to find a way to help British students after Brexit.  In addition, if you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may want to consider getting a master’s degree in law abroad.

What is it like to study law in Europe?

  Studying law at a foreign country is an intriguing experience for foreign students.  For many years, the United States and the United Kingdom were the first countries to study international law degrees abroad.  Not only have both countries offered prestigious education, but there is a future full of opportunities when you study at the best law schools in Europe and the United States.

  As can be seen, the UK has the highest number of law schools with the highest rating in Europe.  But this is only a dozen of many.  Not only the UK, but other European countries will be just as useful to you if you look forward to studying law in Europe.  These are the best countries to study in Europe for legal education, apart from the UK.

  How long it takes to become a lawyer in Europe?

  Four years for a bachelor’s degree plus a 3-year doctoral program in law from an American Bar Association-accredited law school.  Lawyers must also take a licensing exam, called the Bar Exam, for each state in which they wish to practice, and lawyers in most jurisdictions must also take annual refresher courses.

  No matter where you study law, it takes about six or seven years to become a lawyer.  Many countries have slightly different requirements, including short law schools, undergraduate law, and practical course requirements.  For example, in the United States, you only enroll in law school after earning a bachelor’s degree, and UK universities offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law.

  Why study law in Europe?

  Europe’s historical ties extend to their universities and world-class law firms.  Some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious law schools are proud to live in Europe, attracting leading legal minds from different countries.  For many years, Europe has never lost its position as the world’s central center of legal talent and intellectual capacity.  Students get acquainted with the best scientists and lawyers in the world, as well as join some of the most famous law firms in the world, whose headquarters, not surprisingly, is on the continent.

  What is the cost of studying law in Europe?

  Many Nordic countries have state-funded universities, so EU / EEA students do not pay any tuition fees.  The combination of academic success and an innovative approach to learning often makes such places attractive to students.  The universities of Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo rank 68th, 92nd and 93rd in the QS rankings in law, respectively, and are definitely worth a look if you want to gain economic and academic experience.

  How to become a lawyer in Europe

  Someone who is thinking about a career as a lawyer should conduct research in the legal field to determine whether he will enjoy the life of a lawyer, lawyers say.  One of the valuable resources is the Discover the Law portal on the website of the Admissions Office of the Faculty of Law, which contains a lot of information about what it is like to be a lawyer, as well as what contribution someone with a law degree can make to society.

  Once a person determines that the legal profession is suitable, he or she should begin to seek academic and extracurricular experience that will prepare him or her to become an excellent lawyer.  Novice lawyers should attend classes that involve a lot of reading and writing so that they can read and write better, because, according to law professors, these skills are crucial for most legal work.

  Social science courses are also useful because these classes raise social awareness and teach people skills.  It is also useful to attend some analytical courses, whether in philosophy, science, technology, engineering or mathematics – STEM areas, as logical reasoning is a fundamental component of the legal profession.

  Although most U.S. states require licensed attorneys to have legal education, there are states such as California and Vermont where you can become a lawyer without attending law school if you work and study for several years under the supervision of a practicing attorney.  This is known as “reading the law” and is rare for novice lawyers today, although it used to be common practice.

  Because law schools do not require special undergraduate coursework, potential attorneys have the flexibility to take the college courses that interest them most.  Law professors emphasize that J.D. candidates who attend classes they enjoy tend to do better than students who do not.  In the process of entering law schools, the average scores of bachelors are of great importance, so, according to experts, students who are interested in law, it is unwise to take lessons in subjects that they despise.

  The Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, is a traditional law school entrance exam, so most prospective law students take it to qualify for law school.  However, prospective law students have the opportunity to take the general exam for higher education exams, as some law schools have recently begun to allow entrants to submit a GRE instead of an LSAT.

How to enter law school in Europe

  The study of EU law offered by European law schools differs.  But that doesn’t mean the European LL.M.  It’s a lazy way out.  If you want to study the law of a particular country, a degree in European law is not for you.

  However, a degree in European law does not require you to study the laws of all European countries.  European law allows students to get acquainted with a number of rules, directives, treaties and decisions adopted by the European Court of Justice, which must be followed by all EU member states.  This means learning to defend the basic principles of the European Union.

Best law schools in Europe for international students

·         university of nicosia: cyprus.

  The University of Nicosia was founded in 1980, and its main campus is located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus.  He also manages campuses in Athens, Bucharest and New York  The Law School is known for being the first to be awarded the first legal degrees in Cyprus, which were officially recognized academically by the Republic and professionally recognized by the Cyprus Legal Council.  The law school now offers a number of innovative courses and legal programs that are recognized by the Cyprus Law Council for practice in the legal profession.


·         Utrecht University: NETHERLANDS

  UU, as it is also called, is a public research university in Utrecht, the Netherlands.  Founded on March 26, 1636, it is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands.  The University of Utrecht offers inspiring education and leading international quality research.

  The Law School prepares students as highly qualified, internationally oriented lawyers on the basis of modern didactic principles.  Utrecht University School of Law conducts exclusive research in all important areas of law, such as private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, and international law.  They work intensively with foreign partners, especially in the field of European and comparative law.

·         Catholic University of Portugal

  The University of Portugal, also known as Católica or UCP, is a concordat university (private university with concordat status) headquartered in Lisbon and has four campuses in the following locations: Lisbon, Braga Porto and Viseu.  The Católica Global Law School is a first-class project with a vision to offer conditions for teaching and research at an innovative level in global law at the prestigious Continental Law School.  This gives a master’s degree in law.

·         Kyiv University – Russia

  Kyiv University has existed since the XIX century.  In 1834 he opened his doors to the first 35 legal scholars.  For the first time, subjects from the encyclopedia of law, basic laws and decrees of the Russian Empire, civil and state law, commercial law, factory law, criminal law and many others were taught at the law faculty of his university.

  Today it has 17 departments and offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and specialization courses.  The Faculty of Law of Kyiv University is considered to be the best law faculty in Ukraine.  The Faculty of Law offers three bachelors.  Lawyer’s Diploma: LL.B.  Jurisprudence is taught in Ukrainian;  LL.B.  in the specialty “Law” for the level of junior specialist with teaching in Ukrainian;  an.B.  Faculty of Law taught in Russian.

·         Jagiellonian University, Poland

  Jagiellonian University is a state research university located in Krakow, Poland.  It was founded in 1364 by King Casimir III the Great of Poland.  Jagiellonian University is the oldest in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest surviving universities in the world.  In addition to all this, it is one of the best law schools in Europe.  The Faculty of Law and Administration is the oldest department of this university.  At the beginning of this faculty, only courses in canon law and Roman law were available.  But today the faculty is recognized as the best law faculty in Poland and one of the best in Central Europe.

·         KU Leuven – Faculty of Law, Belgium

  In 1797, the Faculty of Law was one of the first 4 faculties of KU Leuven, which originally began as the Faculty of Canon Law and Civil Law.  The Faculty of Law is now considered one of the best law schools in the world and the best law school in Belgium.  He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are taught in Dutch or English.

  The Bachelor of Laws is a three-year program of 180 credits.  Students have the opportunity to study on three of their campuses: Campus Leuven, Campus Brussels and Campus Kulak Kortrijk).  A bachelor’s degree in law will give students access to their master’s program, a one-year program, and graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in court hearings.  The Faculty of Law also offers a double master’s degree in law from Waseda University or the University of Zurich, a two-year program that requires 60 ECTS from each university.

·         University of Barcelona, Spain

  The University of Barcelona is one of the Best law schools in Europe. The city’s university has several campuses that are located throughout Barcelona and the surrounding area on the east coast of Spain. The Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona is known as one of the most historic faculties in Catalonia.

 As one of the oldest institutions at this university, it has for many years offered a wide range of courses, thus creating some of the best professionals in the field of law.  Currently, this faculty offers bachelor’s programs in law, political science, criminology, public administration and administration, as well as labor relations.  There are also numerous master’s and doctoral degrees.  Program and various postgraduate courses.  Students receive a quality education through a combination of traditional and modern teaching.

·         Charles University, Czech Republic

  This university is also known as Charles University in Prague and is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic.  Not only is it the oldest in the country, but it is one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1348 and still operating continuously.  Currently, the university has 17 faculties located in Prague, Hradec Králové and Pilsen.  Charles University is one of the three best universities in Central and Eastern Europe.  The Faculty of Law of Charles University was established in 1348 as one of the four faculties of the newly established Charles University.

·         Lund University, Sweden

  Lund University is a public university located in Lund, Scania, Sweden.  Lund University does not have a separate law school; rather, it has a law faculty that is subordinate to the legal system.  Lund University’s law programs offer one of the best and most advanced law programs.  Lund University offers master’s programs, as well as free online law courses and doctoral programs.

  The Faculty of Law of Lund University offers various international master’s programs.  The first is two 2-year master’s programs in international human rights law and European business law and a 1-year master’s program in European and international tax law, a master’s program in sociology of law.  In addition, the university offers a master’s degree program in law (ie Swedish professional degree in law)

·         Central European University, Hungary

  It is a private research university accredited in Hungary, with campuses in Vienna and Budapest.  This university was founded in 1991 and consists of 13 academic departments and 17 research centers.  The Department of Legal Research provides first-class advanced legal education and education in human rights, comparative constitutional law and international business law.  Its programs are among the best in Europe, helping students gain a solid foundation in fundamental legal concepts, civil law and common law systems, as well as developing special skills in benchmarking.

·         University of Vienna, Austria

  It is a state research university located in Vienna, Austria.  It was founded IV in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world.  The Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna is the oldest and largest law faculty in the German-speaking world.  The study of law at the University of Vienna is divided into three sections: an introductory section (which, in addition to introductory lectures on important legal and dogmatic subjects, also contains subjects of legal history and basic principles of philosophy of law), a judicial section.  Law), as well as the section of political science


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