Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Program

As the highest degree offered in law, the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) program is a three-year, post-LL.M. degree designed for aspiring legal academics, members of the judiciary, and public policymakers as well as for students interested in careers as legal scholars, teaching law inside or outside the United States. The S.J.D. program is designed to prepare graduates with superior scholarly potential to pursue policy work in research institutes, or careers in government service, or the judiciary. Students in the S.J.D. program, are expected to conduct advanced research and produce original scholarship submitted as a scholarly dissertation under the guidance of the internationally renowned faculty at the University of Miami School of Law.

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Who Should Consider This Program

The S.J.D. program is only open to exceptionally well-qualified candidates who either:

  • Have already obtained an LL.M. degree; or
  • Wish to begin their S.J.D. studies with an LL.M. degree at the University of Miami.

Applicants to the S.J.D. program must also submit a research proposal and further demonstrate excellent English writing skills. Because the S.J.D. degree requires the completion of a dissertation under the supervision of a full-time faculty member, an applicant must obtain the consent of a Miami Law faculty member to serve as the applicant’s faculty advisor.

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Why Miami Law

Miami Law provides an excellent environment in which students can pursue their S.J.D. degree. Miami Law has a rich history of engagement with international and comparative law, a world-renowned faculty, and is located  in a global city that serves as a bridge to the Americas.

Miami Law’s S.J.D. Program builds on our highly successful LL.M. programs that offer unique specialties in international arbitration, international law, international taxation, entertainment, art and sports law, as well as other disciplines. The S.J.D. Program is not limited to these named areas of specialization and invites applications from candidates interested as well in domestic U.S. law areas including criminal law and procedure, civil rights, constitutional law, immigration, environmental law, law and political economy, social justice, and critical legal theory. 


Miami Law also boasts a large and diverse faculty with expertise in a wide variety of areas. Miami Law has one of the largest faculty of any U.S. law school teaching and doing research in international law, and Miami Law has extensive experience with comparative research in fields such as criminal law and policy, and race and gender and the law. The size and diversity of the Miami Law faculty allows students to address and engage with global policy issues relating to climate change, migration, trade and finance, dispute resolution, human rights, health, and education.

Finally, Miami Law provides an ideal location for students pursuing an S.J.D. degree. Miami is at the pivot point between the Americas and Europe, located in a city fueled by an influx of international people and ideas. Students not only benefit from the resources of Miami Law and the wider university, but also from the distinctly international intellectual and cultural life of the surrounding city.

Program Director

Elizabeth M. Iglesias, Professor of Law and S.J.D. Director, received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Her areas of expertise include Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Law and Political Economy, LatCrit Theory, the Philosophy of Law, and International Criminal Law and Procedure.

Faculty Advisors

Each S.J.D. candidate is appointed a resident  faculty advisor who supervises the  research, course selection, and progress toward fulfillment of the S.J.D. dissertation requirements. Miami Law has one of the  largest  faculty of any U.S. law school teaching and doing research in international law.. The size and diversity of the Miami Law faculty allow students to address and engage with global policy issues relating to climate change, migration, trade and finance, dispute resolution, human rights, health, and education.

The following Miami Law faculty are some of the ones who can serve as faculty advisors:

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Tuition

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Questions

Please contact us at SJD@law.miami.edu. We would be delighted to schedule an online meeting with you and answer any questions you may have.

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