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J.S.D. in International Water Resources Law

Who pursues this degree?

A J.S.D., or Doctor of Juridical Science is, in effect, legal education's counterpart to the Ph.D. Those who have already earned an LL.M. and wish to do intensive, in-depth work in international water resources law, normally over a period of several years, should apply for the J.S.D.

Program Requirements

  • Earn a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of credit over a course of a two-semester residency.
  • A cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 (on a 4.3 point scale)
  • The courses completed during the residency will be determined by the Dissertation Supervisor in consultation with the student.
  • A J.S.D. student is expected to work closely with his or her Dissertation Supervisor during the residency period.

Typical J.S.D. Curriculum

International Water Resources Law Seminar 3
Elective Course(s) At least 5 units


Advancement to Candidacy

At the conclusion of the two-semester residency, the J.S.D. 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 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 course work, and must successfully defend the dissertation before the candidate's dissertation committee. Deviations from the foregoing rules in individual cases may be permitted by the International Studies committee on the recommendation of the Program Director.


Contact Stephen McCaffrey, Director of Water Resources Law, International Track
Email | 916.739.7179

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