Legal Clinic for your PhD - 2 ECTS

Do you deal with a legal aspect in your thesis, and you’re not quite sure how to explore it for your topic? Or are you simply curious about how the law is relevant for your PhD topic?
This course offers the opportunity for PhD students to discover and analyse any legal issues that they may come across in their respective topics. The ‘Legal Clinic’ is a highly personalised course intended to provide course participants with specifically tailored solutions for any legal issues in their respective PhD projects.

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Fri 19 January 2018 until Fri 2 February 2018

Duration Registration deadline: Friday January 5, 2018
Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201


Course participants are expected to complete a thesis briefing about the potential legal aspects in their PhD that will be used to adapt the content of the lectures prior to the course.

The course combines short lectures with group and individual work in which the course participants work on their personal topics.

Session 1 (morning)

‘Discover the Law’
Lecture “Introduction to Law”; Short round of PhD mini presentations
Lecture “Researching the Law”; Application in personal topic 

Self-study (over the course of three weeks)

Course participants are expected to identify a legal research question either within their ongoing PhD work or another topic of interest and work on this question on the basis of the skills acquired. Course participants may choose between submitting a brief written work or preparing a presentation of their results.

Session 2 (morning or afternoon)

‘From the legal point of view... ‘
Lecture “Legal argumentation”; Application in personal topic
Presentation round with feedback session


Session 1 19-1-2018 9:00-12:30
Session 2 2-2-2018 9:00-12:30

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Use legal databases (legal literature, laws, court judgments)
  • Analyze legal instruments that are relevant to their PhD topic
  • Compose a basic legal analysis that can be included in their PhD


Participants will be required to demonstrate a constructive participation in the course, either through a minor research note or the presentation.

Target group and min/max number of participants

This course is intended for a maximum number of 10 participants.

Assumed prior knowledge

No prior knowledge required.

Course fee

WASS, PE&RC and WIMEK/SENSE PhDs with TSP € 150
a) All other PhD candidates b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools € 300
All others € 450

NB: for some courses, PhD candidates from other WUR graduate schools with a TSP are also entitled to a reduced fee. Please consult your Education/PhD Programme Coordinator for more information

Cancellation conditions:

The participants can cancel their registration free of charge 1 month before the course starts. A cancellation fee of 100% applies if a participant cancels his/her registration less than 1 month prior to the start of the course.

The organisers have the right to cancel the course no later than one month before the planned course start date in the case that the number of registrations does not reach the minimum.

The participants will be notified of any changes at their e-mail addresses.