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Juridical Science S.J.D.

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  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 48
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Juridical Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The SJD program at the University of Minnesota Law School is intended for those who wish to carry on advanced legal study and original research under faculty supervision. SJD students must present research which makes a significant, original contribution of long-term value to legal scholarship. The dissertation must be of publishable quality and provide lawyers, scholars, or governmental officials with a useful understanding, not previously available, of a particular area of the law.
This program is accredited by acquiescence of the American Bar Association.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Applicants must have completed the first degree in law AND must have completed (or are in the process of completing) a US LLM degree at the University of Minnesota or another institution.
Special Application Requirements:
1) Submission of a preliminary dissertation proposal demonstrating that the dissertation will constitute an original and substantial contribution, of publishable quality, to legal scholarship, in a research field in which the Law School has experienced faculty available for advising, and 2) Submission of an extensive, high quality writing sample written in English to demonstrate the ability to engage in advanced research and writing.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
24 credits are required in the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Coursework Requirements
Legal Research
Take one of the following courses, or another research course approved by your faculty adviser or the director of graduate studies.
LAW 6851 - Practice-Ready Legal Research (2.0 cr)
or LAW 6867 - Practice Ready International Legal Research (2.0 cr)
Elective Courses
The remaining 22 credits are determined through consultation with your faculty advisor or the director of graduate studies.
Thesis Credit Requirement
24 Thesis Credits
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LAW 6851 - Practice-Ready Legal Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice-Ready Legal Research is a simulation course in which students apply legal research methods and techniques to scenarios involving a hypothetical client. Over the semester, students learn legal research concepts, sources, and tools through a combination of lectures, in-class activities, and writing assignments.
LAW 6867 - Practice Ready International Legal Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Manual and on-line research techniques for public international law sources (e.g., treaties, decisions of international tribunals, materials issued by international organizations such as the EU), private international law sources from foreign countries, as well as research on selected topics of international interest such as GATT/trade law, human rights, environmental law, and intellectual property.