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Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

Doctor of Juridical Science overview

The University of Kansas School of Law is one of the few law schools in the United States to offer a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), the terminal degree in law. The S.J.D. program is designed for students interested in deep legal research and writing, and a career as a legal scholar or a senior public official.

Recent S.J.D. graduates are working as faculty at universities in Egypt, Taiwan and Japan; and policy researchers at private firms in the U.S.

Candidates must hold a basic law degree (LL.B.) and a master’s (LL.M.), or a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; show an accomplished academic record; and compose an original, thoughtful dissertation proposal.


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