Tulane University Law School

Tulane Law School also offers the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD). This program is a very selective one, encompassing a small number of students who have completed an LLM program with distinguished records.

The SJD program requires candidates to hold a first degree in law (in exceptional cases, a first degree in a law-related subject will suffice). All candidates must also hold an LLM degree, or currently be enrolled in an LLM program and complete the degree before commencing the SJD study. The candidates interested in continuing toward the SJD must devote their time to the development of a research proposal with a member of the full-time faculty at Tulane Law School. The Tulane Law School Graduate Committee considers the proposal, along with the candidate’s previous law school work, scholarly interest and ability, and the support of a faculty advisor. The committee’s standards for admission are demanding, and the selection process is a rigorous one.

Tuition Fee $48,456
Credits 10-12
Duration full-time 4
Languages English
Location 6329 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70118, United States
Website http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsAcademicPrograms/index.aspx?id=1718
Completion Requirement The candidate must submit and receive approval of a dissertation research proposal.
Upon acceptance to the SJD program, the candidate takes at least one full semester of coursework (between 10 and 12 credits). This may include a Directed Research project with the thesis supervisor or other member of the faculty.
The candidate is expected to submit the final SJD dissertation within four years after initial enrollment in the SJD program. The dissertation must make an original and significant contribution to legal scholarship.
The candidate must successfully defend the dissertation in an oral examination before members of the Tulane Law School faculty.
Scholarships Merit scholarship determinations are made in conjunction with the admission decision, on the basis of the contents of the application file. No other form is required to apply for merit-based scholarship. In general, merit-based scholarships are included in the acceptance packet. A merit-based scholarship constitutes the entire scholarship portion of a financial aid package. Additional scholarship funds will not be awarded.


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