Doctor of Juridical Science


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Program Overview

  • Ranked #1for working professionals by Washington Monthly

  • WASC/WESaccredited & recognized

  • 36 MonthsProgram Duration

  • 30th September, 2023Next Start Date

Earn an SJD degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. As one of the oldest universities in California and the first evening law school for working professionals in the Western U.S., Golden Gate University is a top global destination for the prestigious terminal legal degree.

EligibilityBachelor's degree in Law(LLB) or equivalent degree in Law. A masters' degree in law is preferable however, not compulsory.
Mode of Teaching & Exams
Medium of InstructionEnglish
FeesApproximately $10,000 Post Scholarship with EMI Options
Scholarship AvailabilityYes—70% of program fee for qualified applicants
Duration36 Months
Total Credits56

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Program Benefits

    Establish credibility by adding a prefix of 'Dr' post successful completion of the program.

    Mentorship & supervision by GGU Faculty & Subject Matter Experts for the entire duration of the program.

    21+ Hours of Live sessions

    Access to GGU's e-library

    Access to GGU's online resources: Lexis Nexis, Hein Online, Westlaw.

    Earn the same U.S. Degree awarded on campus.


  • SJD Residency - First Semester

    Basics of Legal ResearchTools & Methodology - Coverage with recorded and live sessions

    Overview: the Process and Purpose of Writing a Doctoral Dissertation

    Introduction to Legal Scholarship and Methods

    Legal Research Methodology: Identification and Explanation of Reliable Sources

    Legal Research Basics: Tools and Strategies

    How to Work With Your Dissertation Committee Members

    Researching International and Comparative Law

    Ethical Use of Research Materials

    Choice of Dissertation Topic

    Topic Choice

    Dissertation Development

    Outline and Writing Process

    Dissertation Format

    Approach to Comparative Legal Analysis

    Researching and Writing about IP law

    Researching and Writing about International Human Rights

    Researching and Writing about Law and Anthropology

    Researching and Writing about Legal History

    Completing the SJD program at GGU

    Researching and Writing on an Interdisciplinary Topic

    Revising and Polishing the Dissertation

    Dissertation Defense

  • SJD Residency - Second Semester

    Learners will select the topic of their dissertation, fine-tune their subject matter, draft and submit the first chapter of their dissertation and prepare for their first oral examination.

  • Oral Examination

    A 3-member committee will supervise the students, evaluate the written material of the first chapter and give a go-ahead for the oral examination. This comes after the second semester and at the end of the first year.

    This first oral examination would be where the learners have decided on a clear topic and have written the first chapter introducing their dissertation.

    The evaluation of the learner shall be based on the clarity of the topic selected(along with the resources used) and the ability of the student to conduct independent research.

    The learner shall be taken into the next phase of the program once they pass the oral examination.

  • Second Year - SJD Candidacy

    For the next 2 years, the learners will individually work on the subsequent chapters in the second phase.

    The learners can reach out to their supervisor at any point in time for guidance throughout this phase. It is recommended that learners connect with the supervisors at least once a month. The aim is to have 3 committee members

    Live sessions shall be conducted during the first semester and subsequently a few master classes during the second semester

    The ideal timeline for submitting the draft would be within 2 years after reaching the candidacy stage.

  1. 21+Hours of Live sessions

  2. 56Credits in total

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