What is an S.J.D.?

The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is a doctorate in law. The S.J.D. at Georgetown Law is designed to offer advanced training to legal scholars from outside the United States who wish to enhance or embark on a career in the legal academy.

How long does it take to complete the S.J.D?

The S.J.D. requires a minimum of two years of full-time study under the supervision of a full-time faculty member, during which the candidate is expected to be in residence in the Washington, D.C. area. Many candidates take additional time to complete the dissertation, which may be done away from the Washington, D.C. area with the permission of the faculty supervisor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.

Do I need a Georgetown LL.M. to be admitted to the S.J.D.?

No. Georgetown's S.J.D. program is very small (usually admitting fewer than 10 students per year), and while a number of the students admitted to the S.J.D. program each year have received their LL.M. degrees from Georgetown Law, applications are welcome from graduates of other LL.M. programs.

Can I contact professors directly if I am interested in having them supervise my dissertation?

No. Applicants who have not been in the Georgetown LL.M. program should not contact the professor(s) directly, as this will be taken care of by the S.J.D. Admissions Committee.

Is there career placement assistance for S.J.D. students?

S.J.D. students are welcome to use the Office of Graduate Careers as a resource.