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Master of the Science of Law

The degree of Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.) is conferred upon candidates who have completed one academic year (35 quarter units) with distinction in accordance with the rules of the University and the School of Law.

The degree is primarily designed for those qualified students who hold a J.D. or its equivalent and who are at the Stanford School of Law for independent reasons (for example, as teaching fellows) and who wish to combine work toward the degree with their primary academic activities. Specially qualified lawyers, public officials, academics, and other professionals who have worked outside the United States may apply for the degree through the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS). Full particulars concerning requirements may be found at

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