The Bellerophon Taming Pegasus statue outside Jerome Greene Hall

J.S.D. Admissions

Engage the resources of a world-class university to pursue a distinguished career in legal scholarship.


Join a remarkable community of individuals who share your passion for the law as well as your academic aptitude. In Columbia Law School’s J.S.D. program—our most advanced law degree—you’ll study alongside a diverse cohort of students, undertake high-level original research, and produce a dissertation (either one unified work or a set of three articles with a unifying essay) that makes a significant contribution to legal scholarship. You will also forge close bonds with your faculty advisers, whose insights, expertise, and guidance will accelerate your professional development and enrich your intellectual perspective. 

By the time you earn the J.S.D. degree, you will have built the foundation for your future as a leader in the international academic community.