How to Apply

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To apply for admission to Dickinson Law’s S.J.D. program, individuals must submit, either to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Document Assembly Service or directly to the Director of the S.J.D. Program:

  • a completed application
  • official academic transcripts documenting the applicant’s LL.M. degree and prior law studies (with certified translations into English). Unless submitted through LSAC, all transcripts and translations must be sent directly to the Director of the S.J.D. Program by the applicant’s educational institution, not by the applicant himself or herself.
  • proof of English proficiency in the form of:
    • a TOEFL or IELTS score that demonstrates English proficiency sufficient for advanced study of law in English; or
    • an application for a waiver of the English proficiency requirement based on documentation that the applicant has received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a duly accredited or recognized educational institution in a country in which English is the official language or in which all instruction is given primarily in English.
  • three letters of recommendation in English (or certified translations into English) from law faculty/professors/employers, including one from a law professor in the applicant’s country where he/she received a law degree with knowledge of the applicant’s academic achievement and potential for scholarly research and writing. Each recommender should evaluate the applicant’s capacity for advanced legal research and scholarship and potential for fulfilling the professional objectives for which the applicant seeks the degree (i.e., as a legal academic or in another law-related professional enterprise);
  • a writing sample in English written entirely by the applicant without assistance, usually in the form of a legal research paper;
  • a brief (5-10 pages) proposal of study written in English in sufficient detail to demonstrate that it is capable of being supervised at Dickinson Law and that the potential of the applicant to make an original and significant contribution to a particular field of legal scholarship. The proposal should describe the research topic, the research questions to be pursued, and the proposed research methodology; and
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé written in English.

Applications to the S.J.D. program are reviewed periodically throughout the year by the S.J.D. Admissions Committee.