Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted for fall, spring, and summer start dates. Application deadlines and term dates are available here.Early applications are advised.
What are the application prerequisites?
Applicants must hold a primary degree in law (JD or LLB), and also a Master of Laws (LLM) in health law or a related field, or a master's in health administration or public health. (Individuals who possess significant practice experience may be exempt from the master's degree requirement.) Admission into the doctoral program is highly competitive. During any given academic year, very few applicants may be admitted into the SJD program. Prior to formally applying for admission to the SJD program, prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply to the Beazley Institute for Health Law Doctoral Admissions Committee before preparing a formal application for a degree program. This letter should describe the candidate’s educational and professional background, interest in the doctoral program, and the proposed area(s) of doctoral dissertation research. This will enable the committee to properly determine whether the health law program has sufficient faculty expertise in the areas of research interest for a candidate. Only candidates who have been advised to do so by the committee should submit a full application for the doctoral program. Letters should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are applications evaluated?
The Doctoral Admissions Committee considers all previous academic and professional interests and achievements. Applicants should possess an exemplary academic record, especially in their LLM or master’s program. There is a strong emphasis on writing abilities of each applicant.
What kinds of careers can I expect to explore with this degree?
While the SJD degree is reserved primarily for those who wish to work in academia or research, it can be used as background in other areas of health law as well.
How many students are in the class?
Loyola admits only 1-3 students into the SJD program annually. We keep our enrollments deliberately small to ensure a high degree of faculty-student interaction and individualized attention while preparing the dissertation. We draw students from around the nation and the world.
How long does it take to get the degree?
Classes for doctoral programs being three times each year: fall, spring, and summer. Doctoral degrees are designed to be completed in two academic years.
Which topics of research may I pursue?
Applicants must have a clear idea of the topic area they wish to explore, and the subject must be within an area of expertise maintained by Institute faculty. At present, the SJD is limited to candidates who wish to pursue research in government health policy in domestic and international areas.
Are scholarships and financial aid available to SJD Students?
Loyola currently offers no scholarships for doctoral students. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for information about financial aid at Loyola.
How much does it cost?
Tuition is based on a per-credit hour fee for 10 required credits, plus an additional flat fee for the dissertation during the second year. Click here for a complete schedule of tuition and fees for the current school year.