SJD Specific Questions
- How long is the SJD program?
- How do I secure an adviser?
- What are the requirements for the SJD scholarly proposal and writing sample?
- Can I get financial aid or a paid position at the law school to help finance my SJD degree?
How long is the SJD program?
Candidates are expected to complete the SJD in three years. Most candidates successfully complete and defend their dissertation within this time frame.
How do I secure an adviser?
During the first year of the program, you must secure the consent of a standing faculty member to serve as his/her adviser. You do not need to select an adviser prior to admission and should refrain from contacting faculty members on this subject prior to admission to the Program.
What are the requirements for the SJD scholarly proposal and writing sample?
You must submit a scholarly project proposal that thoroughly describes the anticipated dissertation topic, the goal of the project and how you will achieve that goal, the research methodology and the relevance/ significance of the topic. There is no specific requirement regarding the length of the proposal, but most submissions are 15-20 pages in length.
You will be successful only if your proposal indicates a strong likelihood that, upon completion, your project will make a significant contribution to legal scholarship.
Can I get financial aid or a paid position at the law school to help finance my SJD degree?
No. Unfortunately, we do not offer financial aid, scholarships, or paid positions at the law school for our SJD students. However, we keep the tuition a very reasonable rate.