The Best Doctors of Juridicial Science

The highest law degree is often referred to as an SJD (also JSD) which is the abbreviation of the Latin Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (Juridicae Scientiae Doctor).  This translates to Doctor of Juridicial Science or Doctor of the Science of Law.  In the US, where the degree is most common, the SJD is the equivalent of a PhD in law. SJDs are usually completed after a student or legal profess… Read more

The highest law degree is often referred to as an SJD (also JSD) which is the abbreviation of the Latin Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (Juridicae Scientiae Doctor).  This translates to Doctor of Juridicial Science or Doctor of the Science of Law.  In the US, where the degree is most common, the SJD is the equivalent of a PhD in law. SJDs are usually completed after a student or legal professional has completed a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and/or a Master of Law (LLM).

Like a PhD, an SJD is meant for students with a passion for legal scholarship who wish to pursue careers in academia or as public officials.  SJD candidates are expected to make substantial contributions with their research to the existing body of legal knowledge. The conference of an SJD occurs after a candidate has successfully completed significant research. In most SJD programs, successful completion includes both the submission of dissertation of publishable quality and an oral defense of the candidate’s research.

In order to pursue an SJD, prospective candidates must apply to their chosen program and demonstrate their aptitude for legal research. While some programs accept candidates who hold only an LLB, many require applicants to have completed an LLM or other graduate-level law degree.

SJDs are prestigious and rigorous courses of study.  Most SJDs are completed within three years.  Successful SJD candidates can expect to work as academics or legal professors, or in high positions within public office or government.

You can learn more about Doctorates in Juridicial Science by reading more about the programs listed below.  Use the contact form on the individual program pages to contact the programs’ admissions officials for more information about requirements and applications.

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Suffolk University Law School
Boston, USA

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree is a post LL.M. degree that is awarded upon the completion of an in-depth, publication-quality, dissertation which makes an origin ... +

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree is a post LL.M. degree that is awarded upon the completion of an in-depth, publication-quality, dissertation which makes an original and creative contribution to the legal literature. -
SJD
Full-time
Part-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
KoGuan School of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China

The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.; in Latin, Scientiae Juridical Doctor) Program, modeled on the Ph.D. programs in other disciplines, is designed for those seeking to pu ... +

The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.; in Latin, Scientiae Juridical Doctor) Program, modeled on the Ph.D. programs in other disciplines, is designed for those seeking to pursue academic careers as teachers and scholars of law. This highly selective program is open only to applicants who possess a distinguished prior academic record in law, show promise of outstanding scholarship and demonstrate a high potential for completing a scholarly dissertation of the required quality. -
SJD
Full-time
3 years
English
September 2020
31 Mar 2020
Campus
 
SMU Dedman School of Law
Dallas, USA

The degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is the highest post-graduate law degree offered by the Dedman School of Law. The S.J.D is primarily a research and writing d ... +

The degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is the highest post-graduate law degree offered by the Dedman School of Law. The S.J.D is primarily a research and writing degree (as opposed to a course-oriented degree such as the LL.M. degree) during which the S.J.D. candidate conducts extensive postgraduate-level legal research with a view toward submitting an acceptable doctoral dissertation of publishable quality within a five-year period. This program is intended for highly qualified candidates seeking a legal academic career or a high level, policy-oriented governmental or inter-governmental position. -
SJD
Full-time
Part-time
5 years
English
August 2020
Campus
 
Escola de Direito da Universidade de Connecticut
Hartford, USA

Candidates admitted to the doctoral program must have the ability to conduct original research and relevant academic or professional on a high intellectual level, which culmin ... +

Candidates admitted to the doctoral program must have the ability to conduct original research and relevant academic or professional on a high intellectual level, which culminates with the submission of a doctoral dissertation. -
SJD
Full-time
English
Campus