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Beyond Second Year Workload and Dissertation Committee

You are responsible for assembling the members of your Dissertation Committee.  You may ask your Chairperson for his or her advice, as well as other Law School faculty members.  However, your Chairperson is not responsible for assembling the Committee.

In addition to your Chairperson you need two KU Law School faculty members on your Committee and one external examiner.

The KU Law faculty members might be professors with whom you have taken a course.

The external examiner can be an academic or practitioner from anywhere in the world.  Ideally the external examiner will be able to attend your defense in person, but it is possible to arrange participation by telephone conference if necessary.

As for choosing an external examiner, you might think of a professor in another department at KU or another law school, college, or university in the area or region.  You might also think of a professor you had in the past in your home country or a third country, or a scholar or practitioner with whom you would like to work or have worked.

Once the entire dissertation draft is approved by your Chairperson then you are responsible for circulating it to the other members of your Dissertation Committee.  These other members will need about one month, but not less than two weeks, to review it before your Dissertation defense.

You will then be responsible for scheduling your defense.  Your Chairperson can assist you in scheduling.  You will need a 3 hour block of time, and will need to reserve a room, preferable the Rice Room.  You reserve this room with Lori Farmer in the Law School front office.

Note that you should bring the requisite "Acceptance Page" to the defense so that, assuming the defense is successful, the entire Committee can sign that page.

Assuming your defense is successful, you will be responsible for incorporating any comments from it.  Then you will need to begin the process of submitting your dissertation electronically and have the dissertation bound in conformity with your Chairperson's guidelines and your own desire to have personal copies.


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