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What will I learn?

The S.J.D. program at the University of Minnesota Law School is intended for those who wish to carry on advanced legal study and original research under faculty supervision. S.J.D. students must present research which makes a significant, original contribution of long-term value to legal scholarship. The dissertation must be of publishable quality and provide lawyers, scholars, or governmental officials with a useful understanding, not previously available, of a particular area of the law

Program Requirements: 24 credits are required in the major. 24 thesis credits are required.

Intake: Fall and Spring

Which department am I in?

Law School

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$55,468.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2023


Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall,

229 19th Avenue South,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor of arts degree or equivalent is required for admission. The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.30.

For international students

Applicants must have completed the first degree in law AND must have completed (or are in the process of completing) a US LLM degree at the University of Minnesota or another institution.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – Total Score: 79; Writing Subscore: 21; Reading Subscore: 19; IELTS Academic – Total Score: 6.5; Writing Subscore: 6.5; Reading Subscore: 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – Total Score: 59; Writing Subscrore: 59; Reading Subscore: 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – Total Score: 180; Writing Subscore: 180; Reading Subscore: 180.


About University of Minnesota

UMN is one of the United States’ top public research institutions, where students gain a world-class education on a historic campus in a vibrant city.

  • 150+ undergraduate and 200+ graduate programs
  • Beautiful campus with the Mississippi River on site
  • World-class academics and close personal support throughout
  • Opportunities for scholarships and financial awards

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