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The SJD program is research-based and will lead to a final original project of publishable quality. This book-length project will be an original work of scholarship and will contribute meaningfully to the existing literature in the field.

SJD candidates may be required to audit one or more relevant courses (in the law school or another department in the University) and attend the SJD colloquium. Candidates are required to be in residence for at least the first year of the program. Residence during the second year is recommended, but not required. Candidates complete the program with the preparation and oral defense of a dissertation.

Candidates for the SJD program should be aware that this program is a full-time commitment. The program is not compatible with employment, especially during the first year. In subsequent years, SJD candidates may apply to be appointed Doctoral Fellows or may pursue teaching or other academic work in consultation with their advisors.

View a schedule of events and deadlines.