Georgetown's S.J.D. Program is exceptional. It offers students a unique opportunity to benefit from the world's largest law curriculum and the extraordinary faculty who teach it, while doing so in a personalized environment designed to respond to the specific needs of S.J.D. students. S.J.D. students have unparalleled access to resources by virtue of studying in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States and home to major international organizations. S.J.D. students are an integral part of the law school community and are invited to participate in its rich academic and social life.
The S.J.D. Program is intentionally small to enable students to receive individualized attention and to cultivate a close community of scholars for enrichment and ongoing support. Admission is contingent on the availability of a full-time faculty member to serve as supervisor for the dissertation. There is no limit to the topics that students may consider as long as they are original, able to contribute to the production of new legal knowledge, and pursued with academic rigor.
All students in residence take the 8-credit S.J.D. Core Curriculum each semester, consisting of a 3-credit S.J.D. Seminar, 3-credit S.J.D. Colloquium, a 2-credit Reading Course, and the Fellows Collaborative. Professor Alexa Freeman teaches the S.J.D. Seminar and the S.J.D. Colloquium, and the student’s supervisor typically guides the reading. The Fellows Collaborative is taught by Professors Robin West and Greg Klass. In addition to the S.J.D. Core Curriculum, first year students take a 2-credit course in the fall, Presentation Skills for Academics, taught by Professor Andy Wolvin of the University of Maryland. First year students are also required to take a 3-credit writing course which may be from either the J.D. or LL.M. curriculum.
To learn more, please contact:
Professor Alexa Freeman, Director, S.J.D. Program
Phone: (202) 662 - 9231
Email Address: Alexa Freeman
LL.M Seminar | 8 credit hours
The S.J.D. Core Curriculum is for all students in residence and consists of 3 components: a weekly colloquium, a weekly seminar, and supervised or independent reading.
The course is limited to S.J.D. students and requires departmental approval.
The S.J.D. Colloquium meets weekly throughout the year, focusing on different themes each semester. These may include American legal theory, law and society, comparative law, law and development, and other topics of special interest to S.J.D. students. Leading scholars in these fields may teach a segment from time to time.
The S.J.D. Seminar is divided into small groups consisting of 6-8 students, changing each semester. Each seminar group meets weekly to discuss students’ work in progress. Students present one or two times a semester on a rotating basis. The goal is to improve the quality of their work in a collaborative and supportive environment.
In Supervised or Independent Reading, students develop reading lists with their faculty supervisors to focus on particular research areas for their dissertations. In their first year, students engage in supervised reading with someone on the faculty, not necessarily their supervisor. Students read independently starting their second year.