What will I learn?

The JSD is NYU School of Law’s most advanced law degree. It provides intense training in academic research, geared primarily to those intending to pursue a career in academia. The program prepares students to produce first-class scholarship with a view to a teaching career either in the US or elsewhere in the world. The commitment to this mission makes NYU School of Law one of the best points of entry into legal academia worldwide.

Only a very small number of students who demonstrate outstanding academic promise are admitted to JSD candidacy. The articles and dissertations produced in the JSD program are typically published in the most prominent law reviews and professional journals, and by notable publishing houses.

The program welcomes students interested in a range of legal fields related to the NYU Law faculty’s expertise, including International Law, Legal Theory, Tax Law, Environmental and Energy Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Arbitration, Competition Law and Corporations.

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Tuition for 12 credits: USD $35,208; Fees: USD $1,550

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

Start date

1 September 2022


School of Law

40 Washington Square South,

New York,

10012, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Evidence that the applicant meets these criteria includes but is not limited to: Completion of undergraduate and master's degrees One prior degree in nutrition and dietetics Overall GPA > 3.5 in at least one prior academic degree program

For international students

A JSD candidate must meet the LLM requirements and also hold an accredited advanced law degree (LLM or equivalent) from a US or foreign law school.

In order to be considered for admission, the Committee requires that applicants who take the TOEFL iBT achieve a minimum total score of at least 100, a minimum score of 26 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 22 on the writing and speaking subsections. For applicants who take the IELTS, the Committee requires a minimum overall band score of at least a 7, a minimum score of 7.5 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 7 on the writing and speaking subsections. For both exams, JSD applicants must present scores substantially higher than the minimum.

Deadline: February 3

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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