Doctor of the Science of Law (SJD)
The SJD program is intended for individuals who have exhibited outstanding scholarship and capacity for advanced legal research. SJD applicants are typically engaged in, or plan to pursue, academic law careers. The SJD candidate must have excellent academic credentials and demonstrate the capacity for completing an SJD dissertation of publishable quality which will provide lawyers, scholars, or governmental officials with a useful understanding, not previously available, of a particular area of the law. SJD students devote their energies to researching and writing a doctoral dissertation under the close supervision of a dissertation committee comprised of three faculty members. SJD students benefit not only from expert faculty guidance and close mentorship, the library's extensive collections and other resources of the Law School and the University, but also from participating in a Law School colloquium organized for doctoral students. Supervision of doctoral research demands specialized faculty expertise and interest; therefore, some qualified applicants may be denied admission because an appropriate faculty member is not available to serve as dissertation supervisor.
Recent graduates of our SJD program hold academic positions in leading universities around the world. In the last several years, our SJD alumni have joined the law faculties of the University of Tel Aviv, Melbourne University, National Taiwan University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Charles University in Prague, to name a few.
Please review the academic regulations governing the SJD program.
"Michigan offers an ideal environment for law students pursuing a doctoral degree. The most critical issue in a doctoral program is the commitment of the faculty. At Michigan, the faculty is extremely dedicated to supporting young scholars in the SJD program. Firstly, students enjoy rigorous intellectual supervision from faculty members who are the leading researchers in their respective fields. Secondly, SJDs at Michigan are regularly involved in activities such as faculty workshops and conferences. And finally, the boutique size of the program at Michigan promises each student ample individual attention and, at the same time, a valuable peer group of students. "
Doron Teichman, LLM '02, SJD '05
Assistant Professor, Hebrew University Faculty of Law,