PhD Dissertation in Law

Any PhD student would possess the basic knowledge about dissertation writing as he would have done the same at least twice during the under graduation and masters’ level. A PhD dissertation differs from the other thesis by the manner that it demands much broader subject knowledge acquired during a longer span of time. A PhD dissertation follows a basic five level structure to which additions are made wherever necessary. It begins with an introduction, followed by the motivation, related works, the experiments involved and ends with the conclusion.

It is generally prescribed to follow a consistent and coherent writing plan throughout the paper since PhD dissertations involve publications. The paper should be monolithic with fresh ideas rather than a combination of all of the previous works’ by the individual. A common way to mislead the reader is the placement of illogical examples or references at the wrong places. This provides a chance to sway away from the theme of the paper which can be managed by signposting the paper properly.

The introduction begins with an abstract that is a high level summary of the thesis. The abstract should provide a realistic view of the problem, the solution, its implications and limitations. The introduction can also contain the published works of the researcher, if any. These papers can be quoted only if they are of high quality and carry relevance to the theme of the dissertation. The motivation section should involve the details of the problem, the necessity to discuss that particular solution, the benefactors and significance in detail. The related works section should convince the reader about the adequate knowledge of the researcher on the subject, techniques adopted for the problem along with the references based on the literary review. The experiments section should track all the experiments made for this paper with proper justifications for each without missing out the negative results obtained. It is appreciable if the conclusion contains a bit of self criticism regarding the limitations of the subject. However, it is best to end with a positive note about the achievements of the project.