J.S.D. (Juris Scientiae Doctor or Doctor of Juridicial Science) Degree Defined
The Juris Scientiae Doctor or Doctor of Juridicial Science degree is a research doctorate in law. Candidates for a J.S.D. degree have typically already completed a J.D. and/or LL.M degree. The J.S.D. generally requires a dissertation and takes three to five years to complete. The focus of a J.S.D., like a Ph.D., is on scholarship and research (whereas the focus of a J.D. is on preparation for the professional practice of law). J.S.D. candidates usually intend to pursue careers in teaching, research, and/or policy development.