SJD candidates are generally expected to hold a Master of Laws degree from Fordham Law or another leading U.S. law school. In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted without holding a U.S. LLM degree.
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:
- Academic record
- English-language ability
- Past record and future promise as a legal scholar
- Purpose in pursuing the degree
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.