Doctor of Juridical Science | Law

Doctor of Juridical Science

Program code: 
Full time or part time; minimum of 3 years full time. 1 year coursework (completed as a Master of Laws at UNSW) to articulate into 2 to 3 years of research.
Additional entry requirements: 
Completion of coursework component (UNSW Master of Laws by coursework) with a minimum distinction average (75%) is required to articulate to the SJD program.
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Program overview:

The Doctor of Juridical Science provides an opportunity to combine a doctoral thesis with the coursework component of a Master of Laws degree, and allows significant research into an area of interest often developed within the coursework program. The degree prepares candidates for an academic career and for high-level research and policy related work

Program structure:

The SJD consists of one-third coursework (equivalent to one year full-time) and two-thirds research (two years full-time), usually in an area encountered by the student while undertaking the coursework component of the program.  The research thesis should normally not exceed 70,000 words (including footnotes).

The coursework component of the degree is described under the entry for LLM by coursework.

All coursework units must be completed before the commencement of the thesis.  After completion of the coursework component, students intending to proceed to the thesis component must submit a detailed research proposal to the Director of Postgraduate Research.  The topic of the thesis, which may be a development of one or more coursework units, must be nominated by the candidate and approved by the Faculty High Degree Committee. Students are required to attend Annual Progress Reviews once they have commenced the thesis component of their program. Progress reviews provide an opportunity for the student, his or her supervisors and the Law School to review how the research has progressed either since the commencement of the student’s candidature or their last review.  They also provide a forum to review all aspects of the student’s candidature to date, to develop a plan of action for the next review and to identify and respond to any impediments towards timely completion of the thesis. Two external examiners will be appointed by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee to examine the thesis.