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The Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD or alternatively known as SJD) is the Law School’s most advanced law degree, and is considered a doctorate equivalent to a Ph.D. There is no difference between the two degrees, except for a nomenclature preference across universities from various geographies.
However, in certain universities, there has been a distinction made between the two. For example, Yale School of Law mentions that a JSD program allows students to explore interdisciplinary aspects which intertwine with law such as social sciences or humanities whereas PhD in Law offers emerging scholars an opportunity to contribute to the development of law as an academic field.
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Residency: The first year of the program is divided into two semesters. The first semester encapsulates the live and recorded sessions to build a foundation for the program. The second semester is when the doctoral candidate drafts and submits the first chapter of the dissertation.
Oral examination: This takes place post the first year of the program. The candidate shall defend the first chapter of the thesis and is required to pass the examination to move ahead.
Candidacy: From the second year and beyond, the doctoral candidate focuses on writing the rest of the chapters. During this phase, the doctoral candidate is expected to consult the committee, interact with the supervisors so that each milestone is fulfilled.
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There are 5 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:
Complete your Golden Gate University application on the upGrad platform. Include your education and work experience and any other relevant material.
Submit your SOP, resume and 3 references for the Golden Gate University program to which you are applying: firstname.lastname@example.org answering “Explain your motivation to join the program” and “How do you think GGU experience will benefit your career”
The admissions committee will then review your candidacy. Upon qualifying an offer letter will be released confirming your admission in the program. This can be taken upto seven days.
Block your seat by paying a deposit amount. Balance amount should be paid within the stipulated time period. Congratulation on your enrollment!
After confirming your seat please share all relevant documents with the team: Work Experience, Education Qualifications and English proficiency if required.
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The scholarship is rolled out based on the academic and professional achievements. Once the application form is submitted with these details, the admission committee reviews the same. If you are admitted into the program, the scholarship that you are eligible for will be mentioned on the offer letter. Please note that admission is provisional until successful verification of supporting documents and completing the payment formalities.
1. You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Program Start Date, by visiting www.upgrad.com and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. You can request your Admissions Counsellor to help you in applying and withdrawing for a refund by sending them an email with reasons listed. For post program refund please connect with your Admissions Counselor to understand the policy. This is applicable even for those students who could not complete their payment, and could not be enrolled in the batch opted for. However, the student can avail pre-deferral as per the policy defined below for the same.
2. Student must pay the full fee within seven (7) days of payment of the deposit amount or Batch Start Date, whichever is earlier; otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded.
3. Request for refund as per point no. 1 of the refund policy must be sent via email in the prescribed refund request form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of submitting the duly signed refund form, after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.