McGeorge offers the JSD degree in two areas: International Water Resources Law and International legal Studies.
For Fall 2023, McGeorge will only accept applications to study under the supervision of the following faculty in the pre-identified legal fields:
- Nadia Banteka: international criminal law and procedure, as well as law of artificial intelligence
- Lindsay Harrington: civil litigation, civility/professionalism, and public entity/governmental immunities
- Clark Kelso: government and administrative Law
- Larry Levine: sexual orientation/gender identity and torts-related topics
- Jay Mootz: legal theory
- Andrew Osorio: interdisciplinary study of governance through the lenses of public administration, law, and political science
- Mike Vitiello: criminal law and conflict of laws/civil procedure
- Jarrod Wong: international arbitration (commercial or investor-state) and international investment law
Note that all JSD proposals must either be comparative or international in nature.
Who pursues this degree?
A JSD, or Doctor of Juridical Science is, in effect, law's counterpart to the PhD. Those who have already earned an a master degree and wish to do intensive in-depth work can apply for the JSD program.
- Earn a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of credit over the course of a two- or three-semester residency.
- A cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.7.
- Successful defense proposal and, ultimately, successful defense dissertation.
Residency — 12 units minimum
|Writing for Publication||1|
|JSD Research Seminar||1|
|International & Foreign Legal Research1||1|
|Public International Law1||3|
|Law Teaching or a substantive law course related to the student’s dissertation topic||1 to 3|
1 Note: May possibly be waived in individual cases if requirement successfully completed elsewhere.
2 Note: Two units is per semester until the dissertation is successfully defended.
Advancement to Candidacy
At the conclusion of the two-semester residency, the JSD student must present to the student's Dissertation Supervisor a detailed outline and draft chapter of the dissertation and pass a qualifying oral examination. Students who successfully complete these tasks and achieve the requisite level of performance in course work as determined by the Program Director and a subcommittee of the Graduate Studies Committee appointed for this purpose, will be advanced to candidacy.
The candidate is expected to work closely with the Dissertation Supervisor during the preparation of the thesis. The candidate must complete a final dissertation in publishable form no later than four years after completing his or her coursework, and must successfully defend the dissertation before the candidate's dissertation committee.
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