JSD Program

The JSD Program Structure at a Glance

  • Complete two courses:

    The legal theory thesis seminar.

    One methodological seminar preapproved by the student's supervisor and the JSD Committee (this requirement can be completed anytime during the first three years in the program).

  • Conduct preliminary research with a view toward consolidating research questions, hypotheses and methodology for the dissertation.
  • Prepare and submit Candidacy Paper to Dissertation Supervisor to gain admission to the JSD candidacy.
  • Participate in the JSD Forum
  • Continue to research and formulate theories for the dissertation, and begin drafting the dissertation.
  • Complete one Law School Colloquium.
  • Coordinate with Dissertation Supervisor to determine potential Dissertation Committee members; present recommendations to the Chair of the JSD Committee; ensure appointment of such committee members.
  • Participate in the JSD Forum.
  • Draft and revise the dissertation, supplementing with research as needed.
  • Participate in the JSD Forum.
  • Defend the dissertation orally before the Dissertation Committee.
  • Although the JSD program is designed to be completed in three years, circumstances may arise that require candidates to continue in the program after the third year. A candidate may request to do so with support from the candidate’s supervisor. Requests for extensions of enrollment beyond the first three years will be considered one year at a time only. While those granted extensions are entitled to remain in residency, eligibility for the JSD degree expires after five years.
  • Starting from AY 20-21 candidates whose request to continue in the program beyond the third year was granted, will be eligible for funding during their fourth year if in residence.