Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

The S.J.D. is designed to give foreign lawyers an opportunity to complete the highest degree in law.

The program prepares students to return to their home countries to teach law or work in law reform for their governments at the highest level. Our S.J.D. graduates are trained to teach law and serve in these capacities. The three-year program requires full-time on-campus attendance the first year.

Degree Requirements

The first year requires residency and 20 hours of thesis credit. The thesis advisor may require the S.J.D. candidate to take additional courses applicable to the student's thesis topic. The J.D. Legal Research and Writing courses, Core 1 and 2, are required. During the required year of residency the student is expected to complete the research necessary for the thesis and prepare a working draft of the thesis acceptable to the student’s thesis committee. The S.J.D. candidate's thesis committee may require the student to remain in residency beyond the required year. The candidate will be required to complete the S.J.D. thesis to the satisfaction of the thesis committee within two years following the required year of residency. If the candidate is not in residence, the candidate must be available to meet with the thesis advisor in the year(s) prior to submission of the completed thesis, as determined by the thesis advisor. The completed thesis must be of publishable quality. Following approval of the thesis by the candidate’s committee, the candidate will have to appear before the committee to defend the thesis.