An abbreviation for Doctor of Juridical Science, a degree awarded to highly qualified individuals who have successfully completed a prescribed course of advanced study in law after having earned J.D. and LL.M. degrees.

The standards for admission to J.S.D. programs are stringent. Although specific academic requirements for acceptance into a J.S.D. program vary from one law school to another, ordinarily applicants must hold J.D. and LL.M. degrees. They must have completed their courses of study with a certain minimum grade average in order to qualify for this advanced program.

Once accepted, each student generally has a full-time faculty member who acts as research advisor concerning the preparation of the student's thesis, which is a requirement for obtaining the J.S.D. degree. It is often mandatory that all work required for a J.S.D. degree must be completed within five years of the commencement of the student's program of study.

J.S.D. is also commonly abbreviated as S.J.D.

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degree, a "juris doctor" or "doctor of jurisprudence" is not a "doctor" is preposterous, as is suggesting that the J.S.D. degree is "a true doctor in law" while a J.D.
My advisor, Professor Brunson MacChesney, was most gracious in wanting me to pursue my J.S.D. at Northwestern University and offered me a handsome fellowship to do so.
Anita Margrethe Halvorssen is a Norwegian lawyer living in Boulder, Colorado and is a candidate for the Doctor of Science Law Degree (J.S.D.) at Columbia University School of Law.
Paust, A.B., 1965, J.D., 1968, University of California at Los Angeles; LL.M., 1972, University of Virginia; J.S.D., Candidate, Yale University.
in Jurisprudence, B.C.L., Oxford University, England, 1930; J.S.D., Yale Law School, 1931; Assistant Professor of Law, University of Illinois, 1931-1934; Associate Professor, Yale Law School, 1934-1939; Professor, Yale Law School, 1939-1975; William K.
We in the rural communities have no reasonable form of transport apart from our cars for work and other necessities - J.S.D. Patterson, Mouswald, Dumfriesshire.
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Prospective scholars in the J.S.D. program are asked to write a personal statement on why they want to embark on the advanced legal study.