The selection process for the Academic Master and PhD at FGV Sao Paulo Law School aims to assess the candidate's academic quality, curriculum, production, and research project, as well as his/her potential for the development of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation relevant for the program's area of focus.
The evaluation instruments are
- Proof of specific knowledge
- Research project
- Written material (published article/final paper or dissertation chapter)
The prerequisites for entering the program are
- To hold a university degree in the area of Law or related fields (for both Master and PhD candidates)
- To hold a master's degree in the area of Law or related areas (for PhD candidates)
Frequently Asked Question
Can students from other areas register for an Academic Master or PhD in Law and Development?
Yes. There are no restrictions for candidates who graduated in other areas, as long as the research they intend to do isaligned to the concentration area of Law and Development, and to one of the program's lines of research - Law of Business and Economic and Social Development, and Institutions of the Rule-based Democracyand Political and Social Development.
FGV Sao Paulo Law School is a higher education institution that does teaching, research, dissemination, and advisory activities in the field of Law, and is organized under assumptions, commitments, and the pursuit of objectives. These include s training graduates in different areas of knowledge in the field of Law and related areas – appropriate for insertion in professional sectors and participation in the development of Brazilian society – and collaborate for their continuing education.
At the end of the Academic Master’s program, will I be able to teach in undergraduate Law programs?
Yes. The Master in Law is qualified for teaching in any Higher Education Institution (HEI). The title awarded to the student who completes the program successfully is the Master of Law. Eventually, HEIs may prefer “adherent professionals”, that is, those who teach classes in the area of training or research. In this regard, the Master's student will be able to associate his/her area of legal interest with the theme of Law and Development.
How do I enroll in the selection process for the Academic Master or PhD?
To participate in the selection process, the candidate must register between 05/24/2021 (registration opening) and 08/03/2021 (registration closing) exclusively through the internet, at www.fgv.br/processoseletivo/md. It will be necessary to:
- Fill in the Registration form;
- Choose a research line;
- Answer the questionnaire;
- Fill in the Curriculum Vitae and the Candidate's Cover Letter;
- Print the bank slip and make the payment;
- Print the Important Information;
- Confirm your enrollment in the Selection Process, until 08/03/2021, by attaching the following documents:
- School Records of the Undergraduate Course;
- Undergraduate Diploma;
- a 3x4 color photo;
- Identity Card (simple copy);
- CPF (simple copy);
- Research Project;
- Scholarship Application Term for the Academic Master or PhD Program of FGV Sao Paulo Law School (only for candidates wishing to apply for the Mario Henrique Simonsen Scholarship).
How can I prepare for the Academic Master or PhD written exam?
The specific knowledge exam will consist of essay questions on the relationship of Law and Development with the Theory of Law, according to the mandatory bibliography indicated in the candidate's manual.
What will the selection process for the Academic Master or PhD of FGV Sao Paulo Law School be based on?
Specific knowledge exam;
Research project; and
Is there any scholarship program for the Academic Master or PhD?
Yes. Students who show exceptional academic performance, potential for scientific innovation, and effective contribution to the academic activities of FGV Sao Paulo Law School can benefit from the Mário Henrique Simonsen Scholarship - MHS.
This scholarship corresponds to the full tuition fees for one academic semester, and may be renewed three times until the maximum limit of four semesters, in the case of the Master’s program. For the PhD program, it can be renewed for seven months, until the maximum limit of eight semesters. Candidates for the selection process should apply for the Mario Henrique Simonsen scholarship. The candidate must fill in the application form, print it, and deliver it when confirming the registration.
In addition to the MHS scholarship, the Academic Master’s Program manages scholarships granted by CAPES, through the Postgraduate Support Program for Private Education Institutions (PROSUP):
• Graduate scholarship (full scholarship): maintenance scholarship and tuition fees (course fees).
• Assistance scholarship for payment of fees (fee scholarship): course fees.
Students regularly enrolled in the program can participate in CAPES’s Scholarship Selection Process, according to the program's specific notice and calendar.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
The Academic Master’s Program of FGV Sao Paulo Law School encourages and supports all its students in seeking other scholarships from public and private research support entities, such as FAPESP Scholarship. More information at http://www.fapesp.br/259.
Will the student be able to attend part of the Academic Master or PhD in foreign universities with which FGV has a partnership?
The student will be able to enjoy the benefits of the partnerships that FGV Sao Paulo Law School keeps with several schools abroad, such as Sciences Po and Université Paris-Delphine (France), Tilburg University (Netherlands), Instituto de Empresas de Madrid (Spain), Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Argentina), and Unversidad Metropolitana de Caracas (Venezuela), among others.
Will the Academic Master or PhD program be full-time? How many times a week should I go to FGV?
The Academic Master or PhD Programs in Law and Development of FGV Sao Paulo Law School offer its students an academic experience of excellence in the field of Law. Therefore, they require, preferably, full dedication, for adequate academic performance in the classroom, in debates, and in research. Classes take place during the week in the morning and afternoon. The workload – reading and other works – is heavy, demanding time and dedication to studies.
Does the international exchange in the Academic Master or PhD programs have any additional cost?
The student must only cover travel and accommodation expenses abroad.
What areas are offered in the Academic Master or PhD?
To guide research and teaching in the area of Law and Development, the program is composed of two research lines:
1) Business Law and Economic and Social Development
2) Institutions of the Rule-based Democracy and Political and Social Development
The Business Law and Economic and Social Development research line is intended for the study of the normative field that rules the business environment. As is well known, the circulation and distribution of wealth occur in a sphere largely regulated by law, where legal norms and institutions contribute or discourage economic growth, as well as affect how the wealth produced in a given society is appropriated by different groups. In this sense, the study of the tax system, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility, democratization of the capital market, and transnational economic relations seek to contribute to understanding legal mechanisms related to sustainable development and the expansion of opportunities for social and individual autonomy.
The Institutions of the Rule-based Democracyand Political and Social Development line has as research object the operation of the institutions of the Rule-based Democracy responsible for the production, interpretation, and application of Law, as configured in the constitutional and public international spheres. The study of the Judiciary and the judicial process, public policies, fundamental rights, international institutions, as well as the risk society, fosters the understanding of public legal mechanisms that enable or constrain the achievement of autonomy. This research line comprises the areas of Public Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, International Law, and Criminal Law.
When will the Academic Master or PhD exams take place?
The complete schedule of the selection process is included in the notice.
How long is the Academic Master’s Program?
The program lasts a maximum of 24 months and a minimum of 18 months.
How long is the Academic PhD Program?
The program lasts a maximum of 48 months and a minimum of 24 months.
How much is the registration fee for the Academic Master and PhD?
The registration fee for the selection process is R$ 180.00 (one hundred and eighty reais), and there is a discount for payments by 07/15/2021.
When will the Academic Master and PhD classes start?
Classes will start in the 1st semester of 2022.