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SJD Program in Corporate and Business Law

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Corporate and Business Law program offers the opportunity to demonstrate high scholarly achievement in the field of corporate law and policy. The SJD is designed for exceptional candidates who possess an LLM in corporate law or a related field and wish to pursue advanced study, research and writing. Candidates to the SJD program must have earned an LLM from a U.S. law school accredited by the American Bar Association, or from a non-U.S. Law School with equivalent standards and degree requirements.

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Curriculum Requirements

An SJD candidate must be a full-time student in residence at Delaware Law School for two academic years. SJD candidates must complete 14 credits the first year and 14 credits the second year, and 4 credits in the third year of the program for a total of 32 credits for graduation. After two years, students who successfully complete their residency requirements are not required to be full-time students, unless they are residing in the U.S. on a student visa. Students may continue their research away from the law school for a period up to one year. The degree must be completed in a period of 3 years. Attendance at classes, programs, or conferences relating to the candidate's research may be recommended or required by Dissertation Supervisor.

The SJD candidate must correspond regularly with his/her Dissertation Supervisor (e.g., several times per semester but no less than 3 communications) to discuss the student's progress and future steps in the research process. The candidate should periodically submit written drafts to the Dissertation Supervisor for review, comment, and revision.

First Year

During the first year, students are expected to:

  • Complete and submit to his/her Dissertation Supervisor a revised research proposal and a bibliography that substantially builds on the initial proposal submitted with the student’s application;
  • Complete a specially designated (2 credit) writing course offered for both fall and spring semester for a total of 4 credits;
  • Enroll in SJD Research Credits (4 credits) per semester both fall and spring for a total of 8 credits; and
  • Enroll in SJD Research Credits (2 credits) summer semester.

Second Year Requirements

If the Dissertation Supervisor approves the proposal, during the second year the student is expected to:

  • Submit a dissertation outline to his/her to the Dissertation Supervisor;
  • Complete a specially designated (2 credit) writing course offered for     S.J.D students both fall and spring semester for a total of 4 credits;
  • Enroll in SJD Research Credits (4 credits) per semester fall and spring for a total of 8 credits; and
  • Enroll in SJD Research Credits (2 credits) summer semester.

Third Year Requirements

During the third years students will:

  • Enroll in SJD Research Credits (2 credits) each fall and spring semester for a total of 4 credits;
  • Submit a draft dissertation to his/her Dissertation Supervisor (target deadline –October 1); and
  • Submit a completed dissertation of at least 75,000 words, including notes to his/her Dissertation Supervisor for approval. The dissertation may be in the form of a book or article, and may consist of up to three non-duplicative articles or chapters. Upon submission of the final paper, the candidate may defend his or her dissertation before the 3 member committee; (target deadline– February 15).

Termination

An SJD student’s program may be terminated:

  • If a student’s Dissertation Supervisor, in consultation with the Graduate Programs Committee, determines that the student is not making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the dissertation, the student may be dismissed from the program;
  • If a student fails to pay the required tuition and fees, the student may be dismissed from the program in accordance with University policy; and
  • Termination decisions may be appealed to the Committee on Academic Standing.

Cost

Tuition is $1,525 per credit hour for a total of 32 credits, not including fees and costs.

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