The JSD is Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s most advanced law degree. It provides intense training in academic research, geared primarily to those intending to pursue career as professors and distinguished law scholars. This highly selective program is open to applicants holding a prior distinguished academic track record in law, demonstrating promise of future quality scholarship. The dissertations produced in the JSD program will be of publishable quality suited for publication in prominent law reviews and professional journals.
In order to be awarded the J.S.D. degree, the student must successfully complete 60 units of required coursework, the writing of a doctoral dissertation of a minimum of 80,000 words (180 to 300 pages), and participate in a public defense over a course of four stages. The program is expected to take 3-5 years to complete.
Applicants who have previously earned credits at an accredited law school or faculty, may receive an evaluation of their transcripts to determine the number of credit hours and required courses for which they will receive transfer credit.
Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Science of Law (J.S.D.) must hold an LL.M. degree, or equivalent, from an accredited law school of faculty of law, or an M.S.L., M.B.A, or other business-related Master’s degree to be eligible for admission to the J.S.D. program.
Deadlines and Start Dates
Classes begin in July
Deadline to Apply – June 1
- Completed Application Form (hyperlink to Apply page)
- Statement of Interest
- Resume / CV
- One letter of Recommendation
- English Competency Test Score (TOFEL / IELTS) – requirement waived if you received a degree from a program where English was the official language
- Evaluated Transcript – transcripts must be translated to English and evaluated for U.S. grade equivalency.
- Evaluated transcripts accepted from:
- Law School Admission Council – www.LSAC.org
- World Education Services – www.WES.org
- Any State Bar of California recommended evaluators: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/admissions/Education/Credential_Eval_Serv.pdf