The program began in 1996 with the creation and implementation of an Inter-Institutional Law Masters Degree (Minter), in partnership with the Post-Graduate Program in Law of the Federal University of Pernambuco, under the coordination of Professor Maria dos Remedios Fontes Silva and the total institutional and financial support of UFRN's president, José Ivonildo do Rêgo. In this Course 10 (ten) masters were qualified, all belonging to the faculty of the Law program of the UFRN.

 This first postgraduate experience, provided by UFPE, allowed the creation of conditions for the development of the research in the Law program, and in 1997, the BASE OF RESEARCH IN LAW STATE AND SOCIETY was created, aiming to build the generating core of a Postgraduate Program in Law at UFRN.

 On December 28, 1999, the Master's Degree in Law was approved institutionally through the Resolution 129/99 of the Consepe.

In 2003, the Program was accredited by CAPES, with concept 3.

The UFRN Post-Graduate Program in Law, with 12 (twelve) years of operation, contributes to the development of research and to the training of researchers in Constitution and Guarantee of Rights, its only area of concentration.

 During this period (2003-2015), the Program has already titled 211 (two hundred and eleven) masters in Law, attending to the demand not only of Rio Grande do Norte but, throughout the country, especially the North and Northeastern Brazil.


1) Stricto Sensu: MASTER’S DEGREE



I - To offer a Master's degree course destined to the qualification for the teaching in undergraduate education in Law and to the scientific formation for the development of research and extension projects relevant for social and regional development;

II - to organize and to implement Specialization Programs destined to:

a) develop specific activities in the research and teaching of Law, aiming at the preparation of professionals for academic activities;

b) specialize professionals in the field of Law, enabling specific studies in the various branches that make up Legal Science.

III - act as an instrument for implementing the institutional guidelines of UFRN.

IV - support and develop research and extension projects in the area of Law.



The selection process for admission to the PPGD Masters Course is composed of four stages: (i) written exam of legal knowledge; (ii) examination of proficiency in a foreign language; (iii) argue and oral defense of master's thesis project; and, (iv) curriculum vitae assessment. As a basic requirement, a bachelors degree in law is required by a higher education institution recognized by the relevant educational bodies, as well as the presentation of the required documents in a convening instrument. The PPGD Masters Course makes annual selections, observing the principles of isonomy and due process of law.


The Master’s Degree in Law of the UFRN requires the completion of 30 (thirty) credits, distributed as follows: 12 (twelve) credits in the compulsory subjects; 12 (twelve) credits in the subjects of the research line selected by the student; 06 (six) credits in advanced seminars and 00 (zero) credit in teaching internship.


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