Voluntary Termination, Disqualification and Expulsion from the J.S.D. Program

Voluntary Termination

If, after the first or second year of study, a student decides to no longer pursue his or her dissertation, his or her Advisory Committee along with the J.S.D. Committee will determine whether the student's academic work, including course work and existing research and writing, meets the credit requirements of the LL.M. degree. If the student's work is close to meeting these requirements, the J.S.D. committee will outline a plan for completion of the remaining credits and offer the student the option of receiving an LL.M. A necessary component of the completed LL.M. will be the completion and submission of a satisfactory research paper based on doctoral research. The paper must constitute a very substantial piece of original research and writing that is equivalent to an article in a law review, as determined by a member of the J.S.D. candidate's Advisory Committee and a second faculty reader not previously involved in the student's research.  The paper will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  The deadline for obtaining the LL.M. degree in lieu of the J.S.D. cannot be extended under any circumstances beyond the first two years of the J.S.D. program.


J.S.D. candidates are subject to termination at any time in the first year of study by the J.S.D. Committee acting upon the advice of those colleagues most familiar with the candidate's work.  In case of such termination, the candidate may be permitted to continue in residence until the end of the academic year in the status either of an LL.M. candidate or a visitor.  The option of acquiring an LL.M. degree in lieu of a J.S.D. degree that is outlined above may also apply


Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity.  Graduate students who commit plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty are subject to expulsion from the program.