Admission to the S.J.D. program is highly selective. Students can be admitted to the S.J.D. program in one of three ways:
Requirements for the S.J.D. DegreeBy way of brief summary, the S.J.D. degree is conferred upon a student, who, following receipt of the LL.M. degree, has:
been admitted to S.J.D. candidacy. The decision on admission to S.J.D. candidacy is made by the student’s dissertation committee at the end of the student’s year of required residence, after the student has completed a significant portion of the dissertation. The student will be admitted to S.J.D. candidacy if the dissertation committee determines that the student’s research and writing on the dissertation topic is of sufficiently high quality to permit continuation in the S.J.D. program. Even though students are admitted to the S.J.D. program with the expectation that they are likely to achieve admission to S.J.D. candidacy, admission to the program does not assure admission to candidacy;
participated actively in the Law School’s S.J.D. colloquium during each year of residence, and made at least one substantive presentation of his or her dissertation work;
passed an oral examination on his or her dissertation administered by the dissertation committee;
demonstrated the capacity for excellence in legal scholarship by completion of an original dissertation of publishable quality approved by the student’s dissertation committee within five years after admission to S.J.D. candidacy. The S.J.D. dissertation may be completed in absentia following the required residency period, although S.J.D. students frequently remain in residence longer.
Please review the
academic regulations governing the S.J.D. program.
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