Doctor of Juridical Science
The University of Maine School of Law welcomes applications to the Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) program from individuals who hold an LL.M. granted by Maine Law or the equivalent degree granted elsewhere. An applicant is admitted to the J.S.D. program when, in the judgment of the Graduate Program Committee, the candidate has demonstrated superior academic performance, publications, and/or high achievement in practice.
Candidates must submit to the Graduate Program Committee: (1) a doctoral dissertation prospectus, (2) a research plan and (3) a Committee List comprising a Supervisor (Committee Chair) and two Readers. The Chair must be a member of the faculty of the University of Maine School of Law.
A candidate for the J.S.D. degree works under the direction of a J.S.D. Committee comprising a Supervisor (Committee Chair) and two Readers. Upon admission to the program, the J.S.D. candidate will: (1) enroll in the Doctoral Research Colloquium, (2) research and draft a dissertation in consultation with the candidate’s J.S.D. Committee, and (3) undergo a public oral defense of the dissertation after its completion and submission. The standard of award of the J.S.D. degree is that, in the judgment of the candidate’s Committee, the doctoral dissertation is deemed a significant contribution to legal scholarship. J.S.D. candidates planning careers in law teaching have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants in courses related to their field. The J.S.D. candidate is ordinarily expected to be in residence at Maine Law for at least one academic year and is expected to submit the dissertation within six years of entering the program.