Harvard Law School

The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is Harvard Law School’s most advanced law degree, designed for aspiring legal academics who wish to pursue sustained independent study, research and writing. In recent years we have created a vibrant intellectual community of young scholars from around the world, most of whom will secure teaching positions in their home countries, the U.S., or third countries. We currently have over 70 S.J.D. candidates overall (some 50 in residence) representing more than 30 countries, drawn primarily from among Harvard’s top LL.M. graduates. Ultimately, candidates are expected to produce a dissertation that will constitute a substantial and valuable contribution to legal scholarship.

Application Deadline April 1
Tuition Fee $57,200
Duration full-time 3
Languages English
Location Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
Website http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees/gradprogram/sjd/index.html
Completion Requirement There are five stages to the S.J.D. program:

Completion of a study plan which includes course work
Successful completion of an oral examination
Two presentations at the S.J.D. Colloquium
Submission and acceptance of a doctoral dissertation
Successful oral defense of the dissertation
Scholarships Each year, Harvard Law School offers between two and four Byse Fellowships for students in the S.J.D. program. These Fellowships, named in honor of Byrne Professor of Law Emeritus Clark Byse, are intended to help fund the dissertation work of students who have completed their oral examinations. Fellows are expected to teach a one-semester Graduate Program workshop of their own design and to be in residence for the entire year of their appointment.

Byse Fellows are selected for one-year terms on both a calendar year and academic year basis. Applicants are asked to submit, among other materials, a detailed proposal for their planned workshop and a revised dissertation prospectus. Selection criteria will include the specificity, feasibility, and general interest of the proposed workshop, and the applicant's general academic achievement.


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