Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Doctor of Juridical Science in International and Comparative Law


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Juridical Science in International and Comparative Law

Format: Campus

Program Description:

As the legal profession becomes more globally focused, academic research is a powerful and compelling instrument for forging social change and transforming how justice and the rule of law can be realized throughout the world. Comprehensive study in international and comparative law allows scholars to make original and substantial contributions to mitigating and solving critical issues that permeate all societies.

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is the highest degree in law. Loyola University Chicago School of Law's SJD Program in International and Comparative Law is a highly selective postgraduate program primarily for students who have graduated from the School of Law's current LLM degree programs. The SJD is designed for students aspiring to be legal academics who wish to pursue sustained independent study, research, and writing. Students will conduct academic research in a particular area of international and comparative law and complete a doctoral dissertation.

Knowledge and Skills

You will demonstrate an advanced knowledge in an area of international and comparative law. You will develop an effective research methodology and a research plan and will learn to discuss and present your research and writing at scholarly gatherings such as conferences, seminars, and colloquia.

You will write a dissertation of publishable quality that makes an original and substantial contribution to legal.

Professional Values

You will be prepared to exercise proper professional judgment and contribute to a deeper understanding of law and legal institutions through commitment to research, scholarship, and public service.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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