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Juridical Science, SJD

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #60 (QS) Shanghai, China
The Doctor of Juridical Science program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University modeled on the Ph.D. programs in other disciplines, is designed for those seeking to pursue academic careers as teachers and scholars of law. 


This highly selective  Juridical Science program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University is open only to applicants who possess a distinguished prior academic record in law, show promise of outstanding scholarship, and demonstrate a high potential for completing a scholarly dissertation of required quality.

The S.J.D. Program provides a unique opportunity for outstanding international law graduates to study at the KoGuan Law School. Students with outstanding academic credentials are welcome to apply to our S.J.D. program.


The student will be asked to prepare a research proposal, which must be accepted before research on the dissertation begins. The S.J.D. student's faculty committee will assess the student's progress, make recommendations, and hold an oral examination on the final draft of the dissertation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

     Although there is no official application deadline, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The S.J.D. program normally takes a minimum of three years. 

  • It will involve one to two semesters of course work. 
  • The student must successfully pass written and oral examinations in the general field of study before formal admission to candidacy. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Application form 
  • Official transcripts
  • Degree Certificate
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • A writing sample
  • A brief research proposal (3-5 pages)
  •  TOEFL or IELTS score for non-native speakers of English who did not receive their legal education entirely in the English language
  • A copy of passport identification pages

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17007 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    5664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17007 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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The tuition for the first year S.J.D. students is RMB 60,000. From the second year, the tuition is RMB 30,000 per year. The total tuition will be RMB 120,000.

Living costs for Shanghai

  • 5481 - 10140 CNY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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