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JSD Degree Program

Assistant Dean Edward Harris
565 W. Adams St., Room 320B
Chicago, IL 60661
jsd@kentlaw.iit.edu
P: (312) 906-5012

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J.S.D. Program Application Guidelines

A complete J.S.D. application will include:

  • a J.S.D. application
  • a résumé
  • two letters of recommendation (including at least one from the institution at which the candidate is currently studying or was studying most recently)
  • relevant academic transcripts
  • in cases where English in not the candidate's first language, a TOEFL score of 100 (Internet) or an IELTS score of 7.5
  • a writing sample that is originally written in English (translations of works originally written in another language do not qualify) along with a signed statement that it is the work of the candidate
  • a dissertation proposal in English and in the range of 1,500 to 2,500 words (five to ten double-spaced pages), with a meaningful working title; and a two-page bibliography that lists relevant works that proved significant in the formulation of the applicant's thinking about his or her project
  • a personal statement of no more than two double-spaced pages outlining why the candidate wishes to study for a J.S.D. at Chicago-Kent and explaining how a J.S.D. will help advance the candidate's career goals

NOTE: Due to immigration matters, the deadline for completed applications for the fall semester is March 15. Completed applications must include all supporting documents, including those sent in electronic (e.g. résumé/CV) and hard-copy (e.g. academic transcripts) formats.

The substance of the proposal should:

  • include a clear statement of the problem being addressed
  • demonstrate the originality of the research project
  • show how the project fits into the existing literature
  • indicate the importance of the project within the applicant's larger field of study
  • acknowledge whatever problems or difficulties the applicant foresees in formulating and completing the project

Application materials should be emailed to jsd@kentlaw.iit.edu

Please note that academic records and reference letters cannot be accepted via email from the applicant. Academic records can be accepted via email only if they are sent by the issuing institution directly. Alternatively, application materials should be mailed to:

Office of International Law and Policy
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691