SJD candidates are generally expected to hold a Master of Laws degree from Fordham Law or another leading U.S. law school. It is highly unlikely that a student without an LLM degree from Fordham or another leading U.S. law school would be admitted to SJD candidacy.
Please note that successful completion of the Fordham Law School LLM program does not guarantee admission into our highly-competitive SJD program.
The admissions committee will consider the following in evaluating applicants to the SJD degree program:
- Purpose in pursuing the degree
- Academic record
- English-language ability
- Past record and future promise as a legal scholar
The admissions committee must be convinced that the applicant is capable of researching and writing a dissertation that will make a significant contribution to legal scholarship.
Admission to the program will be contingent upon the agreement of a member of the full-time faculty of Fordham Law School to act as Dissertation Adviser.