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Dissertation Passage Requirements

Successful completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Production of a dissertation of no less than 200 single-spaced pages, including front material, footnotes, and bibliography. Paper type, font, margins, and other format and style matters must conform to KU's Graduate School Instructions to Candidates for Doctoral Degrees in order for the dissertation to be deposited in the KU Libraries.

Evidence that the candidate has identified a legal issue of relevance; constructed an original argument about that legal issue; defended that argument in a manner that is clear, organized, well-written and well-reasoned; and produced a work that would be publishable as a book, extended law review article, or linked series of law review articles.

Successful, public defense of the dissertation to committee.

 

S.J.D. Dissertation Examples Online

Visit the KU School of Law Wheat Law Library to browse examples of past S.J.D. dissertations available on Reserve. Librarians and circulation desk workers will be able to help direct you to our resources. Please feel welcome to ask us about any resources, including our online resources, such as KU ScholarWorks and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

Many KU SJD dissertations are available on KU ScholarWorks after students have submitted their final, approved dissertations. You may review them at KU ScholarWorks by browsing to the Law School Dissertations and Theses community and browsing by title or author.

 

For additional electronic sample SJD dissertations use: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses,

  • select the Advanced tab,
  • enter S.J.D. for the search
  • and change the drop box from ‘Citation and abstract’ to ‘Degree’. 
    • Be sure to put the periods in S.J.D.
  • In the line down change AND to OR, 
  • put J.S.D. in the search box
  • and change the drop box from ‘Citation and abstract’ to ‘Degree’.

ProQuest Search Example

This will give you a broad selection of dissertations to review. 

If you have trouble with the link provided, go the KU Libraries page at www.lib.ku.edu then look for the Databases A-Z.  Click on P and scroll down until you see the database title ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Let a librarian know if you have any questions.

 

S.J.D. Dissertation Examples in the Library

Visit the KU School of Law Wheat Law Library to browse examples of past S.J.D. dissertations available on Reserve. Titles available in the library are listed below. Librarians and circulation desk workers will be able to help direct you to our resources. Please feel welcome to ask us about any resources, including our online resources, such as ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

The Writing Process

The links below bring you to the webpages of some of KU's many student services, including those supporting student writers. As always, consult with and stay in contact with your dissertation Chairperson.

Formatting Instructions

Visit the Office of Graduate Studies Electronic Thesis & Dissertations webpage for information on writing, formatting, and submitting your S.J.D.

The majority of S.J.D. dissertation writers are required to the use the Blue Book Citation Style. You may find a copy of the Blue Book on reserve at the Wheat Law Library or visit the Blue Book website.

Abstract Writing

Use the information below to help you write the abstract that will accompany your dissertation online.

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