The JSD is NYU School of Law’s most advanced law degree. It provides intense training in academic research, geared primarily to those intending to pursue a career in academia. The program prepares students to produce first-class scholarship with a view to a teaching career either in the US or elsewhere in the world. The commitment to this mission makes NYU School of Law one of the best points of entry into legal academia worldwide.
Only a very small number of students who demonstrate outstanding academic promise are admitted to JSD candidacy. The articles and dissertations produced in the JSD program are typically published in the most prominent law reviews and professional journals, and by notable publishing houses.
The program welcomes students interested in a range of legal fields related to the NYU Law faculty’s expertise, including International Law, Legal Theory, Tax Law, Environmental and Energy Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Arbitration, Competition Law and Corporations.
Prospective students should refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions for complete information about the application process. For information about degree requirements and registration matters, refer to the JSD Handbook.