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Requirement for Degree

A dissertation must make an original and substantial contribution to legal scholarship. This contemplates a book or extended monograph reflecting intensive and creative research with respect to a specific topic, problem, or area of law. General surveys will not be accepted. The work, both in content and form, must be of publishable quality and normally must have been accepted for publication either as an extensive article (or series of articles) in a law review or as a book. An LL.M. thesis may be incorporated in the doctoral dissertation.

The S.J.D. degree will be awarded upon the dissertation committee's acceptance of a candidate's dissertation. An S.J.D. candidate is required to defend his or her dissertation in an oral examination before the dissertation committee. Two copies of the dissertation must be submitted to the Biddle Law Library.