The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Corporate and Business Law or Health Law offers the opportunity to demonstrate high scholarly achievement in the field of corporate law or health law and policy. The SJD is designed for exceptional candidates who possess an LLM in corporate law or health 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.
An SJD candidate must be a full-time student in residence at Delaware Law School for two academic years. SJD candidates must complete 23 credits the first year, 14 credits the second year, and 6 credits in the third year of the program for a total of 43 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. 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.
During the first year, students are expected to:
If the Dissertation Supervisor approves the proposal, during the second year the student is expected to:
During the third years students will:
An SJD student’s program may be terminated:
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Visit the Tuition Rate and Payment Guides for tuition rates and other fees. Please be aware that the SJD program is not eligible for federal financial aid. The Financial Aid Office will process a private education loan for US Citizens or Eligible Non-Citizens seeking US funding. If a student is planning on borrowing a private loan, an individual cost of attendance will be developed in conjunction with the Director of the program based on the required curriculum and our standard budget components.