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SJD Requirements

Your principal requirement for the Doctor of the Science of Law (SJD) is a dissertation that makes an original and substantive contribution to legal scholarship and an oral defense of that dissertation before the dissertation committee.

Your dissertation should be a book or extended monograph reflecting intensive and creative research with respect to a specific topic, problem, or area of law. Your work, both in content and form, must be of publishable quality and normally must have been submitted and accepted for publication either as an extensive article (or series of articles) in a law review or a book. You may also incorporate an LLM thesis into your doctoral dissertation.

You must complete your SJD within three years, although you may petition for an extension.