"Besides hard work, a key to successfully preparing for the SJD at Michigan is starting the hard work early. I was lucky to have the support of faculty and administrative staff whose doors were always open. As SJD students, we are fully integrated in the research and faculty life of the school, and benefit both from dedicated events, such as the weekly colloquium, as well as academic job market workshops for and by alumni."
—Raphaël Beauregard-Lacroix, LLM ’19, Current Michigan SJD student
Doctor of the Science of Law (SJD)
The Michigan SJD is the gateway to either an academic career or professional advancement internationally. Admission is intensely competitive and is granted only to those with a strong academic record, enthusiastic faculty support, and a dissertation topic that suggests a significant and original contribution to legal literature.
The three paths to admission are the following:
"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 S.J.D. program."
—Doron Teichman, LLM '02, SJD '05 Assistant Professor, Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Jerusalem, Israel
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