Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.)

The Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) degree is offered to applicants who have already obtained an LL.M. or comparable postgraduate law degree, and who demonstrate the potential to produce a high-quality piece of legal scholarship.

J.S.D. students conduct a structured program of individual research, supervised and guided by a member of the University of Alabama School of Law faculty, leading to the completion of a scholarly dissertation.  The J.S.D. program typically takes three years to complete.

Applicants to the J.S.D. program are strongly encouraged to reach out in advance of their application to a member of the Law School faculty with whom they would like to work as their supervisor.

Applications should be made after securing the permission of a supervising member of UA Law faculty.

The Director of the J.S.D Program is Professor Dan Joyner

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