To be considered for McGeorge's JSD program, applicants must present evidence of:
- Graduation from a school of law approved by the American Bar Association; or
- Admission to the Bar of a state in the United States; or
- Graduation from a faculty of law in a foreign country whose educational authority
has authorized that faculty to issue degrees in law; and
- Graduation from a Master of Laws (LLM) program or equivalent.
JSD Application Deadline
- Oct. 15 for Spring (January) admission
- March 15 for Fall (August) admission
We encourage JSD applicants to apply for Fall admission, but will consider applications
for Spring admission when individual circumstances preclude a Fall start. Applicants
for Spring must be prepared to complete the residency portion of the program over
the course of three semesters.
JSD Application Checklist
Applicants must submit the following documents via GradCAS or through LSAC. Note: Application materials in languages other than English must be accompanied by
certified English translations.
- Curriculum vitae (résumé);
- Statement of interest and topic proposal indicating why you are interested in the
JSD degree, and describing your proposed dissertation topic and research objectives
in specific terms;
- Legal writing sample such as a published article, monograph, or academic paper;
- Original official transcripts from colleges, universities, and graduate or professional
schools attended, including a current law school transcript;
- Two letters of reference, from law school professors or legal employers who can attest
to your subject-area knowledge and ability to conduct advanced legal research;
- For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency:
- Receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English language institution;
- Multi-year employment in a position in which English is the primary language of communication;
- A minimum test score of 88 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Note to all applicants: Working with an agent will not affect your chances of acceptance
and scholarship. All applicants should disclose in their application materials if
they are working with an agent. We encourage all applicants to communicate directly
with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, email us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.