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


Doctor of Juridical Science residency requirements

A minimum residency period of two years at KU is required. During this time, the candidate completes KU Law courses necessary for dissertation research. The successful completion of 16 credit hours of coursework is required in the first year. 

Following the residency period, some candidates obtain or return to prominent jobs in the U.S. or their home countries and write their dissertation remotely. However, all students remain continuously enrolled during both the spring and fall semesters – whether or not in residence at KU – until the degree is completed.

After the candidate has earned 16 credits of coursework during the first year, he or she will need 6 more credits (22 total) to complete the S.J.D. degree. The final 6 credits are obtained through dissertation research and preparation.


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Steven Freedman, Assistant Dean
Bryanna Hanschu, Director of Recruiting

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