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Applying to the J.S.D. in International Human Rights Law


Applicants to the J.S.D. in International Human Rights law MUST possess a J.D. degree from an American law school approved by the ABA Section of Legal Education or an LL.B. (or equivalent degree) from an accredited law school in a foreign country AND an LL.M. degree or its equivalent from an approved or accredited law school or evidence that you are in the process of satisfactorily completing the requirements for the LL.M. degree or its equivalent. Admission to the J.S.D. program in this case is contingent upon the award of that LL.M. degree or its equivalent.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) uses the online Graduate School Application. Online applications and accompanying materials are due by February 15. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis and transmitted to applicants as soon as they are available. Acceptances will normally be sent out by April 15. When a decision is ready, you will receive an email with instructions to log back into your online application to view the decision letter.

A complete application will include:

1) University of Notre Dame Graduate School Application.
2) CCHR Supplemental Application
3) Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
4) Statement of Intent
5) 3 letters of recommendation
6) Transcripts with proof of J.D. or LL.B. or equivalent degree AND transcripts with proof of LL.M. degree (and English translations if necessary)
7) TOEFL or IELTS (for non-native speakers of English only)
8) Writing Sample
9) Proposed Program of Study for the J.S.D. degree
10) Application fee (online by credit card or check by mail)


Submission procedure instructions

Important: Your name should be entered as it appears on your passport. Please capitalize your Last Name (family name or surname) when completing the application forms.

1) University of Notre Dame Graduate School Application.
All applicants must complete the online application. Your Supplemental Application, Resume/CV, and Statement of Intent should be submitted in the “Uploads” section of the online application. When completing the online application, if a required field does not apply to you, enter the word “none” in the field. Required fields cannot be left empty, but any text you enter in the field will be accepted by the system. The online application can only be submitted once. However, you do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You may access your application and change your responses as many times as you like with your PIN and password from any computer with Internet access.
Once you have completed the application, click the “Submit” button at the top. This will take you through the steps to pay the application fee and submit your application electronically to the CCHR. Remember: Each online application can only be submitted once. After you submit your application, you will not be able to go back and make changes or additions using the online application system. However, you will be able to access your online application in order to check which materials have been received.

2) CCHR Supplemental Application
Download the form from the CCHR website, complete, save and submit in the “Uploads” area of the online application under “Program Upload” located directly after the Curriculum Vitae section.

3) Résumé or CV
Submit a document showing the chronological progression of your work and studies via the “Uploads” section of the online application.

4) Statement of Intent
Submit a statement of intent (maximum 1000 words) that outlines your reasons for wishing to pursue the J.S.D. The statement of intent plays a critical part in the evaluation of applicants, so we encourage you to dedicate sufficient time to prepare a clear, well-written and informative personal statement. Submit your statement of intent in the “Uploads” section of the online application.

5) Three letters of recommendation
Recommendations play a critical role in evaluating applications. Your recommendations should come from faculty members, professors, lecturers or others who can substantively comment on your academic performance, intellectual capacity and personal character.

Your recommenders should submit their letters electronically through the online application system. Please enter the full name, email address and complete contact information for each provider in the “Recommendation” section of the online application.

Once the recommendation provider information is saved, an e-mail will be sent to each recommender with instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation.
When the recommendation provider submits the form online, it will become a part of your application.
You can view the status of your online recommendations each time you log into your application account.

The online system contains a set of questions for your recommenders to answer and a method by which the recommenders can upload a letter. The CCHR prefers letters on letterhead from your recommenders.

6) Transcripts
Important: unofficial copies of all your (university level) transcripts should be uploaded to your online application in the “Academic History” section. (Please include a certified English translation, if necessary.) If your LL.M. is currently in progress, upload transcripts for all coursework completed. If any of your transcripts do not show proof of degree and date earned, a diploma showing award of the degree should also be uploaded. Your unofficial transcript copies will suffice for the purposes of the Admissions Committee. The university only requires official transcripts from accepted students.

7) TOEFL or IELTS score
All applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS score unless:
the applicant is a native speaker of English or
the applicant has completed a degree in which English was the medium of instruction (i.e. all classes were taught in English).

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) institution code for Notre Dame is 1841. Any score below 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based) is questionable. TOEFL scores are valid for up to two years after the test date. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) does not have or use institution codes. A total score less than 7.0 is questionable. Please upload a copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score to your online application.

Remember: If the test is taken after your application is submitted, please email your self-reported TOEFL or IELTS score to cchr@nd.edu as soon as it is available.

8) Writing Sample
Submit a writing sample of your choosing in the “Uploads” section of the online application.

9) Proposed Program of Study for the J.S.D. degree
Submit, in the “Additional Documents” section, a 5-10 page “Proposed Program of Study for the J.S.D. degree,” identifying the subject area in which you propose to write a dissertation along with an indicative bibliography.

10) Application fee of $75
Applicants may pay the fee online by credit card after completing the online application, or by sending a check to: Office of Graduate Admissions, Attention: Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame, 502 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA. Checks should be made payable to the “University of Notre Dame”. If the check is not written by the applicant, or is mailed separately, the name of the applicant must be included with the check. International applicants who do not have access to a credit card or a U.S. checking account may pay using an International Postal Money Order or a bank draft on a U.S. bank. It is not possible to pay by bank transfer.

Applicants who are not able to pay the application fee may request a fee waiver from the CCHR. To do so, email a letter outlining your circumstances to cchr@nd.edu prior to submitting your application. If you request for a fee waiver is granted, the CCHR will provide you with a code to enter during the fee payment stage of your application.

Note: The CCHR does not require a GRE score.

Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive a confirmation email listing the materials received. After the initial notice, you will be able to log back into your online application to check the status of recommendations received, etc.

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P: 574.631.8555 F: 574.631.8702
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