Doctor of Juridical Science

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Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of the Science of Law, (in Latin) Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (sometimes also referred to as a Doctor of Laws), abbreviated J.S.D. or S.J.D., is a research doctorate in law[1] and equivalent to the Ph.D.[2][3] It is offered primarily in the United States, where it originated, in Canada and in Australia. As a research doctorate, it follows professional training in law (LL.B. or J.D.) and the first graduate-level training in law (Master of Laws), and is primarily aimed at training professors, legal scientists, and other scholars in law.

United States[edit]

The J.S.D., or S.J.D. is a research doctorate, and as such it is generally accepted as equivalent to the more commonly awarded research doctorate, the PhD[4] It is considered the "terminal degree in law" by Indiana University[5] and as the "most advanced law degree" by Harvard Law School,[6] Yale Law School (J.S.D. Handbook),[7] George Washington University,[8] New York University,[9] Stanford University,;[10] UCLA; and Tulane University. The University of Kansas School of Law and Pace University also offer the S.J.D.[11][12] The National Association of Legal Professionals states that the J.S.D./S.J.D. is "typically the most advanced (or terminal) law degree that would follow the earning of the LL.M. and J.D. degrees."[13] Some law schools, such as Case Western Reserve University and Widener University, offer the S.J.D. in Health Law.[14][15]

Applicants for the program normally must have a first degree in law (such as a J.D. or LL.B.) and an LL.M.,[16] but an LL.M. is not always required.[17] The S.J.D. typically requires three to five years to complete,[17][18] and requires an advanced study in law as a scientific discipline and a dissertation, which serves as an original contribution to the scholarly field of law.[19]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Doctor of Juridical Science – Legal Definition". 20 August 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) at the Wayback Machine (archived February 11, 2008)
  3. ^ "LL.M. and S.J.D. Programs, Graduate Studies in Law". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Doctorate document[dead link] at US Dept. of Education
  5. ^ "S.J.D. Degree". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "S.J.D. Courses & Academics". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Yale Law School | Contact the Graduate Programs Office". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ The George Washington University. "SJD | Full List of Programs | Find a Graduate Program | Graduate & Professional | Learn | The George Washington University". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "NYU Law – LL.M. & J.S.D.: J.S.D. Program". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Stanford Law School. "Doctor of Science of Law (JSD) | Stanford Law School". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Enrollment Options – School of Law". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
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  14. ^ "DOCTOR OF JURIDICAL SCIENCE: SJD IN HEALTH LAW". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Widener Law – Doctor of Juridical Science in Health Law". Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Doctor of Juridical Science Degree". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Georgetown Law – Doctor of Juridical Science (Admissions)". 21 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) Requirements". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Tulane Law School Prospective Students". Retrieved 18 October 2011.