Students who wish and are qualified to write a thesis are invited to do so. This is an independent research work of approximately 15,000-20,000 words exploring a subject/research question. In order to qualify for acceptance, a student is required to finish the first semester with an average of at least 86 in the core courses (excluding the seminar).
In addition, the student needs to make contact with one of the faculty members listed below and get his/her acceptance to guide the writing of the thesis on an approved topic. The student will then take the Research Methods course in the second semester and begin work on the thesis. The student will be required to enroll for a fourth semester (extra tuition of $3,500); an extension of two additional semesters beyond that semester ($500 each semester) will be granted if necessary.
See below faculty members who can supervise a thesis, with their areas of specialty:
Udi Sommer studies political institutions in a comparative perspective with a special interest in constitutional, legal, and judicial evolution. His scholarship published in outlets such as the Comparative Political Studies and the Law and Society Review examines questions of rights in a comparative framework, law and security policy, and the interface of international and national law.