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

The S.J.D. is a research-oriented degree program designed for those seeking to pursue careers as law teachers and scholars of law. Candidates enrolled in the S.J.D. program are required to spend their initial academic year in residence at Temple Law. Admission to the S.J.D. program is extremely selective and only a few candidates will be offered admission each year. S.J.D. applicants must present outstanding academic credentials and demonstrate the capacity to complete a doctoral dissertation of publishable quality that will make an original contribution to scholarly legal literature.


The S.J.D. Program Committee is comprised of tenured presidential faculty. It will make admissions decisions, establish and coordinate dissertation committees, review candidates' progress, and carry out other activities necessary and proper in the administration of the S.J.D. program. The Committee will have the authority to waive admission, residency, and other program requirements in exceptional circumstances.


All applicants should also carefully review the S.J.D. Program Standards.



For August enrollment: applications are due by February 1.
For January enrollment: applications are due by September 1.

To apply, please click here.

Current Applicants