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About the Program

The online Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) Degree Program is a postdoctoral program designed for aspiring legal academics wishing to pursue sustained independent study, which includes substantial legal research and writing.  It is Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s most advanced law degree designed for academics seeking to pursue careers as professors and distinguished law scholars. This highly selective program is open only to applicants holding a prior distinguished academic track record in law, demonstrating promise of future quality scholarship.


The program is 60 units to complete (contact us about transfer units), and is designed to take 3-5 years to complete.  There is one incoming class each year in July.