10: School of Law
General Information |
Admission Information |
Financial Aid Information |
Degree Programs |
Academic Regulations |
Student Activities and Awards
Annual Law School Awards and Honors |
Course Descriptions |
J.D. Degree |
Master of Law and Doctor of Juridical
Combined Degree Programs |
J.D.-M.A. in Economics |
J.D.-M.A. in English
J.D.-M.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs |
J.D.-M.A. in History
J.D.-M.A. in Philosophy |
J.D.-M.A. in Sociology |
J.D.-M.A. in Marine Affairs
External Combined Degree Programs in Public
International Law |
J.D.-M.P. Program |
J.D.-M.S. in Accounting Program
Master of Laws (LL.M.) The degree of Master of Laws is conferred
upon students who, having been admitted to candidacy, have satisfactorily
completed at least two semesters of residence and a minimum of
24 credits. With the exception of required first-year courses
and graduation requirements, all policies and regulations listed
in the Course Offering Directory as applicable to J.D.
students also apply to graduate students. At least two credits
must be earned in producing a substantial written work of publishable
quality, either within a seminar or as supervised research. Foreign
students may be required to attend one or more orientation lectures
specially designed for them.
Specialization in Oceans Law and Policy Exceptionally qualified
students with proven interests in the field, who are otherwise
qualified for the regular LL.M., may be admitted to the LL.M.
program with specialization in oceans law and policy. The program,
administered by the Chairman of the Law School Graduate Program
and the Director of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, requires
the student to complete 30 credits, at least 15 of which must
be B or better, as well as fulfill a 12-week externship, normally
in Washington, D.C., to be completed in the summer following the
second semester in residency.
Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) The degree of Doctor
of Juridical Science is conferred upon students who, having been
admitted to candidacy, have:
The dissertation required for the degree may be submitted and
the oral examination held at any time within five years after
the completion of the required period of residency. This period
may be extended at the discretion of the Graduate Committee on
showing of cause in writing to the Committee.
- Completed two semesters of residency demonstrating honors
ability in a program of work approved by the graduate advisor
and including a minimum of six credits of courses or seminars.
Formal courses and seminars may be prescribed as deemed useful
to the particular student. Normally, the program should include
work in Legal Education and Legal Philosophy. Candidates for the
S.J.D. degree must usually spend additional periods of time, either
in residence or in absentia, before they are prepared for oral
examination and the submission of a satisfactory dissertation.
- Completed a dissertation which is an original contribution
to the literature of law, demonstrating mastery of the principles
of scholarly research, critical analysis, and reasoned presentation
of results. The doctoral dissertation is normally of book or monograph
length or suitable for a series of law review articles, and the
subject must be approved by the student's advisor.
- Satisfactorily passed an oral examination by a special committee
appointed for the purpose. When the dissertation has been approved
by the faculty member supervising the student's research, three
examiners are appointed to question the applicant orally and report
to the law faculty in writing their opinion of his or her work and
fitness for the degree.
Master of Laws in the Judicial Process This LL.M. degree
program was inaugurated by the Law School in 1980 as a special
graduate program designed for American appellate judges. The program
requires attendance at two resident summer sessions of six weeks
each and the submission of a thesis.
A class is admitted to the program only once every three years.
The present class enrolled in the summer of 1996 and the next class will enroll in the summer of 1999. Priority in
admission is given to judges of the federal and state appellate
courts, although trial judges will be considered for admission.
Additional information may be obtained from the Director, Graduate
Program for Judges, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville,
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