McGeorge offers the JSD degree in two areas: International Water Resources Law and International legal Studies. Students who have already earned an LLM and wish to do intensive, in depth research in either International Water Resources Law or another international law topic, culminating in a dissertation, can pursue this doctoral degree.
A JSD, or Doctor of Juridical Science is, in effect, legal education's counterpart to the Ph.D. Those who have already earned an LLM and wish to do intensive, in-depth work in either international water resources law or another international law topic can apply for the JSD program.
First Year Residency (12 units required)
Required Courses (5 units):
Note: Public International Law (3 units) is also required for student who have not taken this course previously.
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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