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.

Prospective J.S.D. applicants should contact the Director of International Programs, Professor Dan Joyner at

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