To be considered for McGeorge's JSD program, applicants must present evidence of:

  • Graduation from a school of law approved by the American Bar Association; or
  • Admission to the Bar of a state in the United States; or
  • Graduation from a faculty of law in a foreign country whose educational authority has authorized that faculty to issue degrees in law; and
  • Graduation from a Master of Laws (LLM) program or equivalent.


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JSD Application Deadline

The application deadline for the JSD program is March 15 for Fall (August) admission. Fall application will open after Sept. 8.

JSD Application Checklist

Applicants must submit the following documents via Slate or through LSAC. Note: Application materials in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.

  • Curriculum vitae (résumé);
  • Statement of Interest indicating why you are interested in pursuing the JSD degree;
  • A Topic Proposal describing your proposed dissertation topic and research objectives in specific terms (including the name of the professor you would like as your faculty supervisor);
  • Legal writing sample such as a published article, monograph, or academic paper;
  • Original official transcripts from colleges, universities, and graduate or professional schools attended, including a current law school transcript;
  • Two letters of reference, from law school professors or legal employers who can attest to your subject-area knowledge and ability to conduct advanced legal research;
  • For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency:
    • Receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English language institution;
    • Multi-year employment in a position in which English is the primary language of communication; or
    • A minimum test score of 88 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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