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Juridical Science, S.J.D.

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University rank #421 (QS) , IA,
The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) program is intended for students who wish to conduct original and advanced legal research in law under faculty supervision. S.J.D. students are expected to write a dissertation of publishable quality making a significant and original contribution to legal scholarship.

About

The dissertation should be a book-length manuscript or a series of related articles of equivalent intellectual ambition and scope.

Doctor of Juridical Science students must spend at least one academic year (two semesters) in residence in the S.J.D. program at the College of Law. The course of study in that year differs depending on whether a student already has an LL.M. or an equivalent master’s-level degree.

Students who already have an LL.M. or equivalent master’s-level degree must complete 18 s.h. of credit during their first year of residency. They must enroll in the S.J.D. tutorial (5 s.h. each semester; 10 s.h. total) to conduct research and writing under the supervision of their S.J.D. dissertation committee. The work in the S.J.D. tutorial focuses on formulating a detailed dissertation proposal, beginning research for and writing of portions of the dissertation, and completing one or more chapters.

S.J.D. students are expected to write a dissertation of publishable quality making a significant and original contribution to legal scholarship. The dissertation should be a book-length manuscript or a series of related articles of equivalent intellectual ambition and scope.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • As a research doctorate, it follows professional training in law (LL.B. or J.D.) and the first graduate degree in law (Master of Laws).

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    81

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply Online: To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application for graduate funding
  • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27450 USD/year
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  • National

    29375 USD/year
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  • In-State

    24763 USD/year
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  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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