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Doctor of the Science of Law

The degree of the Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) is conferred upon candidates who hold a J.D. or its equivalent, who complete one academic year in residence, and who, as a result of independent legal research, present a dissertation that is, in the opinion of the faculty of the School of Law, a contribution to knowledge. Such work and dissertation must conform to the rules of the School of Law and the University for the dissertation and the University Oral Examination, as described in the "Doctor of Philosophy" section.

Candidacy is limited to students of exceptional distinction and promise. Full particulars concerning requirements may be found at

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