Law schools need to create incentives to enable students to take up work that they are passionate about, rather than doing a bewildering number of internships for the sole reason that other law students are.
The LL.M. is a broad-ranging experience so the purpose cannot be anything but subjective. Ask yourself why you want to do it and this will likely yield answers to when and where you would like to pursue it.
NUS Law is offering up to three fully funded places for its PhD programme starting August 2020.
Debadatta Bose is currently a PhD scholar at the University of Amsterdam.
Just make sure that your topic is of interest to you. Not something that’s popular or which others think should be researched on.
The famous collegiality of the Fletcher 'mafia' is a different experience altogether, and one learns a lot from one's peers as well, especially because the range of perspectives, nationalities, professional backgrounds, and world-views is staggering.
Here at NUS, the research community is vibrant and very active and invites all the doctoral students to research workshops where doctoral candidates as well as faculty present their research and seek comments.
We know that in the name of filtering for students of a certain ability, merit filters out those who could not access the education and social capital that nurtures such ability.
Law students often believe that a doctoral degree is pursued only to undertake a career in academia or research. However, this is not necessarily true. A PhD teaches you much more than just research and writing.
A Ph.D. is about finding your method in madness. One realises that a doctorate journey (like life itself) is a process. There are Eureka moments but these are few and far between.
Lakshmi Neelakantan on planning for her doctorate degree, what exactly a doctorate entails, the future of Indian law schools, and a whole lot more.