Application and Process

Applications for the S.J.D degree program should be submitted to the Office of Foreign Graduate Legal Studies and completed by April 1.

How to Apply

Candidates use the printed application. Admission decisions are made starting April 1.

Required Documents

To be considered as an applicant for the S.J.D. program, a candidate must submit:

  • Completed application form along with $50 application fee "Case Western Reserve University."
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters may be either enclosed with the application form in sealed and signed envelopes or mailed separately by the recommenders.
  • Official copy of transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions with notarized translations into English where applicable; the transcripts may be included in sealed envelopes or mailed directly from the institutions.
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS score required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Our TOEFL institutional code is 1105, dept. 03. Copy of same may be included in initial application packet with indication that the original score has been requested by the applicant.
  • Thesis proposal of no more than 25 pages explaining why your topic merits the type and depth of research that will result in production of a monograph-length thesis. Focus on the existing unresolved legal issues. Include at the end of the proposal whether you have been in touch with any Case Western Reserve University Law School professors about supervising your thesis.
  • A complete bibliography of the literature in the applicable field that you have already consulted in the development of your thesis proposal.
  • Affidavit of financial support required for visa documents.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to submit a nonrefundable deposit in order to secure their position in the class. The deposit is deductible from the first semester's tuition.

Required Documents

Candidates must have at least a foreign university-level degree in law, and LL.M. degree and a TOEFL of 90 or IELTS of 6.5.

Please send your completed application to:
Ms. Liz Woyczynski
Foreign Graduate Legal Studies
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7148 U.S.A.