Since 1992, Notre Dame Law School has admitted a small number of students to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.). This program is designed especially for people who wish to pursue an academic career in law and who seek additional education beyond the LL.M. degree level.
The J.S.D. involves two semesters of residency beyond that required for the LL.M. degree and requires that individuals admitted to the program demonstrate substantial potential for writing a thesis of publishable quality that will be a significant scholarly contribution to the field in which it is written.
J.S.D. candidates may be accepted in any field of legal studies. For applicants who have an interest in pursuing a J.S.D. degree specifically in International Human Rights Law, additional information can be found at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.