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Costs

SJD candidates pay tuition of $3,000 for the first year of the program and an administrative fee of $1,500 per year for the second and third years of the program.  Miscellaneous fees per year are currently approximately $646.

SJD candidats should plan to complete their studies in three years.  After the third year of the program, SJD candidates pay the standard full time LLM student tuition rate and continue to pay the SJD student fees.  Such SJD candidates may seek a partial scholarship to offset their tuition obligations.  To request such a scholarship, send the following to Assistant Dean Jaeger-Fine, by May 1 of the prior academic year:

  • A statement expressing the need for additional time to complete the SJD program requirements.
  • A draft of your SJD project thus far.
  • A specific plan for completion of your SJD program requirements within the next academic year.

This rule is effective for candidates beginning the SJD program in or after the fall 2018 semester.

Tuition and fees for all Law School degree programs are updated here: Tuition and Cost of Attendance.

There are a few need-based stipends for doctoral fellows during the second and third years of study, provided that the candidate is in residence, and has the approval of his or her supervisor. As we do not have funding beyond this, anyone who has any other source of income will not be eligible to receive a research fellowship. Fellowships cannot be renewed. Because the program has such limited funding, applicants without outside financial support should not apply.   

Candidates are encouraged to seek additional external forms of financing from their home countries (employers, government agencies, and foundations). The United States embassy or consulate in an international applicant's home country may have information on sources of funding.