S.J.D. Degree Requirements
To be awarded the S.J.D. degree, a candidate must complete and successfully defend, before a Dissertation Defense Committee selected by the law school's Graduate Affairs Committee, a dissertation of publishable quality that constitutes an original and substantial scholarly contribution to the areas of law in which it is written. While word length is not evidence of quality, ordinarily the dissertation will be between 100,000 and 150,000 words in length. The dissertation must be successfully defended and unanimously approved by the Dissertation Defense Committee appointed by the Graduate Affairs Committee.
The candidate must be in residence at the law school for the first two semester following admission. However, in the discretion of the dissertation supervisor, the candidate may be required to be in residence for a longer period of time, and the candidate may choose to be in residence for the duration of the studies.
At a minimum, the candidate will be required to submit written work-in-progress reports in January, May and September in each year of study to the dissertation supervisor and must comply with all other requirements established by the dissertation supervisor. In the discretion of the dissertation supervisor, the candidate may be required while in residence to participate in other law school and faculty activities, such as lectures or presentations for the law faculty or other groups of legal scholars.
Completion of the requirements for the S.J.D. degree will ordinarily take three years. In any case, the dissertation must be completed, submitted and successfully defended not later than five calendar years from the date of admission.
A more detailed statement of the policies and procedures governing study for the S.J.D. is available at the link below.