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SJD Program

Join our Doctor of the Science of Law (SJD) program and graduate prepared to make significant contributions to your area of study and become a leader in the international academic community.

The SJD is the highest law degree offered by the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. All applicants must have already earned an LLM, JD, or equivalent degree from Penn Carey Law or a comparable institution. Applicants also must have a well-stated scholarly proposal, with an area of research and appropriate research methodology clearly outlined.  View application information.

The principal requirement of the SJD is a dissertation that makes an original and substantive contribution to legal scholarship. This contemplates a book or extended monograph reflecting intensive and creative research with respect to a specific topic, problem, or area of law. The work, both in content and form, must be of publishable quality.

In keeping with its mission of training future legal academics and global leaders, starting with the 2021-22 academic year Penn Carey Law will provide fellowships for eligible SJD candidates that include full tuition, health insurance, and a stipend. Fellowships will cover three years of residence at Penn Carey Law for up to three students.

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Degree Details

Application Information for the SJD Program

SJD Students

Alanoud Alajmi

 
Yang Chen

Yang Chen

 
Waleed

Waleed Y. W. Haj Hasan

 
Betha Igbinosun

Betha Igbinosun

 
Mengyun Ma

Mengyun Ma

 
Santiago Grossman

Santiago N. Ortegon Giral

 

Alessandra Carolina Rossi Martins

 
Ilya Rudyak

Ilya Rudyak

 

SJD Alumni

Cochav Elkayam-Levy

Cochav Elkayam-Levy

 
Michal Gat Gilad

Michal Gat Gilad

 
Parawee Kasitinon

Parawee Kasitinon

 

Sin Chit LAI

 

Ananth Padmanabhan

 
Asaf Raz

Asaf Raz

 
Muhammad Sarahne

Muhammad Sarahne

 
Amal Sethi

Amal Sethi