The degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is the highest postgraduate law degree offered by the Dedman School of Law. The S.J.D is primarily a research and writing degree (as opposed to a course-oriented degree such as the LL.M. degree) during which the S.J.D. candidate conducts extensive postgraduate-level legal research with a view toward submitting an acceptable doctoral dissertation of publishable quality within a five-year period.
For degree requirements see S.J.D. degree requirements.
The S.J.D. is not a professional degree, such as the Law School's Juris Doctor degree (JD); it is intended to be an intense postgraduate, academic research experience.
The S.J.D. is a highly limited access postgraduate degree. The following are criteria for admission:
An applicant who is granted admission to the S.J.D. program initially is admitted in a probationary status. The S.J.D. candidate must demonstrate progress towards completion of the requirements for the degree to continue as an S.J.D. candidate. The S.J.D. candidate is matriculated as of the first day of the first semester in which the S.J.D. candidate commences the S.J.D. program.
For the first year of the program, S.J.D. candidates will be charged the equivalent of full-time tuition and fees applicable to LL.M. students. Thereafter, S.J.D. candidates will be assessed a special fee for each fall and spring term up until approval of the final dissertation. This fee will be set at the beginning of each term.
There are no Law School scholarships or research/teaching assistantships available for the S.J.D. degree. On an individual basis, an S.J.D. candidate may apply to be the research assistant of a particular faculty member, but any such arrangement must be made individually with the faculty member, who reserves full discretion in such a matter.
To obtain further information and applications for admission, contact the Office of Admission, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750110, Dallas, TX 75275-0110; telephone 214-768-2550.