The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is the highest degree offered by Georgetown. It is primarily designed for foreign-trained lawyers who are interested in becoming law professors, scholars, jurists or public intellectuals in their home countries, or in deepening their scholarship to continue in these fields.
Georgetown's S.J.D. Program is exceptional. It offers students a unique opportunity to benefit from the world's largest law curriculum and the extraordinary faculty who teach it, while doing so in a personalized environment designed to respond to the specific needs of S.J.D. students. S.J.D. students have unparalleled access to resources by virtue of studying in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States and home to major international organizations. S.J.D. students are an integral part of the law school community and are invited to participate in its rich academic and social life. The S.J.D. Program is intentionally small to enable students to receive individualized attention and to cultivate a close community of scholars for enrichment and ongoing support. Admission is contingent on the availability of a full-time faculty member to serve as supervisor for the dissertation. There is no limit to the topics that students may consider as long as they are original, able to contribute to the production of new legal knowledge and pursued with academic rigor.