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.