The J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) is the most advanced degree program at Cardozo School of Law. This 3 year research-based program requires the production of a substantial piece of writing of publishable quality which makes a significant and original contribution to legal scholarship. J.S.D. candidates will work under the supervision of a faculty committee which includes at least one Cardozo faculty member, in the candidate’s field of interest.

Candidates for the J.S.D. program must spend a minimum of the first two semesters in residence at the Cardozo School of Law. While in residence, candidates are required to attend a one-credit J.S.D. colloquium, taught by Cardozo School of Law faculty, which will allow for joint review and discussion of student research; teach a basic set of common research techniques; maintain a sense of connection to the School and to one another. Finally, candidates must complete 6 additional credits of coursework in consultation with the faculty supervisor.


Residency and Time for Completion

First Year: Candidates will be in residence and participate in the J.S.D. Colloquium and must complete the necessary coursework in consultation with the faculty advisors. Additionally, candidates will commence research and a draft outline of the required dissertations with faculty advisors.
Second Year: During the second year, candidates begin drafting the dissertations and consult with faculty advisors and J.S.D. committee members.
Third Year: Candidates edit and finalize the dissertations and engage in the oral defense of the dissertations.

 

Dissertation

The J.S.D. degree requires an advanced dissertation under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The dissertation must be deemed by the J.S.D. Committee to make a significant contribution to legal academic scholarship. Though the specific requirements will be determined by each committee, in general this will consist of a monograph that makes an original contribution to legal scholarship, demonstrates a high level of research skills, and could be published in whole or part either as a book or a series of law review articles.
 
Students will be required to convene their committee for an oral defense of the dissertation after the written product is approved by the committee.

First Year

Candidates will be in residence and participate in the J.S.D. Colloquium and must complete the necessary coursework in consultation with the faculty advisors. Additionally, candidates will commence research and a draft outline of the required dissertations with faculty advisors.

Second Year

During the second year, candidates begin drafting the dissertations and consult with faculty advisors and J.S.D. committee members.

Third Year

Candidates edit and finalize the dissertations and engage in the oral defense of the dissertations.

Dissertation

The J.S.D. degree requires an advanced dissertation under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The dissertation must be deemed by the J.S.D. Committee to make a significant contribution to legal academic scholarship. Though the specific requirements will be determined by each committee, in general this will consist of a monograph that makes an original contribution to legal scholarship, demonstrates a high level of research skills, and could be published in whole or part either as a book or a series of law review articles.
Students will be required to convene their committee for an oral defense of the dissertation after the written product is approved by the committee.

Faculty Advisors

Candidates should select a faculty member as an advisor prior to submission of this J.S.D. application. 

Admissions

Deadline for Spring Admission: October 1st
Deadline for Fall Admission: March 1st
Admission to the J.S.D. program will be granted to those applicants who demonstrate promise as a legal scholar, based on past academic record and publications; faculty recommendations; facility in English; and proposed research topic. Candidates must hold an advanced law degree (e.g. LL.M.) from a U.S. faculty, or its foreign equivalent.
Please contact Josh Epstein, Program Director of Graduate and International Programs, at joshua.epstein@yu.edu for more information regarding the J.S.D. program and application.