The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.; in Latin, Scientiae Juridical Doctor) Program, modeled on the Ph.D. programs in other disciplines, is designed for those seeking to pursue academic careers as teachers and scholars of law. This highly selective program is open only to applicants who possess a distinguished prior academic record in law, show promise of outstanding scholarship, and demonstrate a high potential for completing a scholarly dissertation of the required quality. The S.J.D. The program provides a unique opportunity for outstanding international law graduates to study at the KoGuan School of Law. Students with outstanding academic credentials are welcome to apply to our S.J.D. program.
S.J.D. candidates must have completed an S.J.D. program degree or equivalent in China or a foreign country. Each S.J.D. candidate will be assigned a primary faculty supervisor with expertise in the student's research area and two additional faculty members who form the student's doctoral committee.
The S.J.D. program normally takes a minimum of three years. It will involve one to two semesters of course work. The student must successfully pass oral examinations in the general field of study before formal admission to candidacy. The student will be asked to prepare a research proposal, which must be accepted before research on the dissertation begins. The S.J.D. student's faculty committee will assess the student's progress, make recommendations, and hold an oral examination on the final draft of the dissertation.
The S.J.D.Program (The Doctor of Juridical Science)tailors to those seeking to pursue academic careers as teachers and scholars law. The program duration is 3-4 years. It opens to applicants who possess a distinguished prior academic record in law, show promise of outstanding scholarship, and demonstrates a high potential for completing a scholarly dissertation of the required quality.
The tuition of the S.J.D. program is CNY45500/Year for Doctoral program (Approximately USD 7350/Year).
KoGuan School of Law has been ranked among the top 10 law schools in the nation. Our faculty are known for their academic excellence as well as the commitment to students. Our distinguished faculty and administrative staff have also established strong ties to various governmental departments and agencies, courts, law firms, multinational corporations, and other important institutions in the Shanghai metropolitan area and beyond. This secures our students a variety of extracurricular offerings on a not-for-credit basis, such as study visits and internship opportunities. The program will offer you both unique insights into the Chinese legal system and exciting practical experience in Shanghai and China.
The S.J.D program is interested in attracting intellectually curious and thoughtful students from a variety of legal systems and with various career plans. As an intellectually and culturally diverse program, we welcome students from around the world. The diversity of the participants in the S.J.D program will contribute significantly to the educational experience of all our students at KoGuan School of Law. International students can forge lifelong friendships with KoGuan law students, faculty and alumni, and establish a part of a global network of KoGuan Law graduates.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 26 coursework credits (6 compulsory coursework credits) and write a degree thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.
To qualify for the S.J.D. program degree, students must:
Successfully complete at least 26 coursework credits.
Successfully complete: First year courses, Second year thesis proposal, third and fourth year independent research, and an S.J.D program thesis under the supervision of a KoGuan Law faculty member.
Spend at least two semesters in residence.
For the year of independent research and S.J.D program thesis writing, students are not required to stay in Shanghai.
The S.J.D. program requires a minimum of 26 credit hours of graduate course work. For a list of the courses offered for S.J.D.program students, please see Curriculum in English. Currently, at least seven courses are offered for each semester subject to the availability of the teaching staff.
List of Lectures
Chinese Administrative Law
Chinese Comparative Financial Law
Chinese Competition Law
Chinese Environmental Law
ZHAO Huiyu&GAO Qi
Chinese Foreign Trade Law
Chinese Investment Law
Chinese Practice of International Law
Chinese Human Rights and Labor Issues
Law and Development in China
Chinese Law and Society
Global Governance and Conflict in China
Chinese Criminal and Criminal Procedural Law
SUN Weiping&CHEN Keqian
Chinese Company Law
Chinese Maritime Law
Chinese Intellectual Property Law
Chinese Bankruptcy Law
Law and Financial Markets in China
Chinese Constitutional Law
Chinese Contract Law
Preparing Yourself for Legal Services
To be considered for admission to the S.J.D.program, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree. We particularly look for applicants with the following qualifications:
Complete an LL.M. degree or equivalent in China or a foreign country
Being enrolled in a law or law-related program
Being qualified to practice law in a jurisdiction outside Mainland China
Valid TOEFL(≥90), or academic IELTS(≥6) report
(Native English speaker or the applicants with bachelor master degree in native English nations can be waived from these requirements.)
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in September (the fall semester). The S.J.D. program Admissions Committee reviews the whole application package carefully and selects qualified applicants who would best benefit from and contribute to the S.J.D. Program. The Committee makes decisions on individual applications as quickly as possible.
In evaluating applications, the Committee takes into consideration factors including but not limited to the following:
Academic work, such as grades, class ranking, scholarly publications
Letters of recommendation
Professional and personal accomplishments
Previous legal experience or careers in law teaching and research, government service, the judiciary, international governmental organizations, NGOs and private practice
Proficiency in the English language
Important Dates and Deadlines
March 31th: Deadline for scholarship application*
May 31st: Deadline for self-support application*
Late June: Admission notification*
Early September: Fall semester starts*
How to Apply
Step 1: Complete the online application
Print, sign, and attach a 2-inch photo on the application form from the online application system.
Step 2: Pay the Application Fee
The application fee is CNY 800 or USD 130, non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment must be made using CNY or USD.
Step 3: Submit the Application Documents
Application form from the online application system;
Degree certificates. Must be original or notarized(Chinese or English notaries are both acceptable);(students who have not yet graduated should provide an official letter from your university stating the expected graduation date.);
Official transcripts. Must be original or notarized(Chinese or English notaries are both acceptable);
Language certificate and score report;
A copy of Passport;
Two passport-size photos;
Two recommendation letters from associate professors or scholars with higher academic titles. Must include the referees 'phone number and email address;
Remittance notice. Specify your name and payment details.
Doctoral programs type A
About CNY 100,000/Year
Fully covered tuition, health insurance, and on-campus housing, and a monthly stipend(CNY 4,000/Month)
Doctoral programs type B
About CNY 80,000/Year
Fully covered tuition, health insurance, and on-campus housing, and a monthly stipend(CNY 2,500/Month)
Doctoral programs type C
About CNY 55,000/Year
Fully covered tuition, health insurance, and on-campus housing
We provide various types of scholarships for applicants, which based on the excellence of students.
For more information: http://en.law.sjtu.edu.cn/