Cornell Law School offers a particularly rigorous and rewarding J.S.D. program.
In the first year, doctoral students are required to take the Cornell Graduate Colloquium, which focuses on effective research design and provides students with a solid methodological base for their research. Students are then actively encouraged to take graduate-level methodological courses in adjacent disciplines, such as history, political science, anthropology, economics, international relations, sociology, and the like. As a result, Cornell J.S.D. students are uniquely prepared to perform high-level academic work.
Unlike other law school programs, Cornell Law’s J.S.D. is conferred by Cornell University, not the Law School, and is comparable to a Ph.D. This makes the degree more rigorous as the J.S.D. program is run in accordance with Cornell’s Graduate School policies and typically provides J.S.D. candidates with full funding for three years.