The J.S.D. Forum, a central institution of the J.S.D. Program, offers an opportunity for J.S.D students and candidates to present their work to their peers in a workshop format. Pursuit of the J.S.D. is an intensely individual enterprise, and the Forum enables the participants to reflect critically on their own research and writing, and to form a dynamic academic community which structures a serious forum for intellectual exchange. Participation in the Forum is expected of all J.S.D. students and candidates as it provides further training for the profession. It is hoped that the Forum itself creates an ethos for members of the J.S.D. community to work in smaller groups as well as to give feedback and support to one another as they draft their dissertations.
The J.S.D. Forum typically meets every other week each semester and is moderated by a member of the J.S.D. Committee. Each J.S.D. student and candidate, in consultation with his or her advisor, is encouraged to suggest possible commentators from among the Law School’s faculty as well as NYU Fellows and Visiting Scholars. After the recommendations of the student or candidate have been submitted, the Chair of the J.S.D. Committee contacts and formally invites the commentator.
During the Forum, it is customary for student presenters to speak for the first twenty minutes of the session followed by the commentator; after this, the moderator opens the floor to discussion. All first through third year J.S.D. students and candidates, along with Visiting Doctoral Researchers, are required to attend each session.