J.S.D. in Intercultural Human Rights Admission Requirements

Students must have graduated with honors from St. Thomas University’s LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, i.e. with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000. In extremely rare cases, outstanding scholars from other institutions who hold an LL.M. degree in the field may be admitted as well.

At least two terms of work must be spent in residence at the School. This requirement may be satisfied by residence as an LL.M. candidate. At least two additional years, not necessarily in residence, must be devoted to the preparation and revision of the dissertation.

Candidates for the J.S.D. program need to prove to the School of Law’s J.S.D. Admissions Committee that they are outstanding scholars at or near the top of their class who are capable of producing a publishable thesis that adds to the knowledge in the field, and who are capable of doing so within the time frame of the J.S.D. program.

The Honorable Patricia M. Wald (center), Rev. Monsignor Franklyn Casale
Prof. Siegfried Wiessner, Prof. John Makdisi, Prof. Roza Pati, Dr. Mark Kielsgard

Admissions Process:

Applicants for admission to the J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights need to submit the following documents:
  1. Completed J.S.D. Application Form
  2. LL.M. Transcript
  3. Writing Sample (e.g. LL.M. thesis, seminar paper)
  4. Description, on one (1) to five (5) pages, of the chosen topic, including an outline, an articulation of the topic’s novelty, and an initial bibliography, as well as a time frame for the stages and places of research as well as completion of the manuscript
  5. Letter of Acceptance of Candidate and Topic by Supervising Faculty Member
  6. Letter of Recommendation
  7. $100 Non-Refundable Application Fee

The Director of the Program reviews all the completed applications. An application is considered complete when the department of the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights has received all of the items listed above.

The completed application package will be submitted for decision to a four-member J.S.D. Admissions Committee formed by the Directors of the Intercultural Human Rights Program, as well as two other members of the St. Thomas University School of Law faculty who hold a J.S.D., S.J.D., or Ph.D. degree or their foreign equivalent.

In case of non-St. Thomas applicants, before an application is submitted, the potential applicant in person or telephonically holds discussions with the Director of the Program to determine whether the program meets the applicant’s needs, whether the nature of the program’s academics and delivery fit the applicant’s profile, and whether the applicant’s academic background and experience fit the program’s requirements. The Director of the Program may direct the potential applicant to have discussions with a program faculty member, student, or alumni.

Applicants with strongest academic records, high scholarly aptitudes and abilities, and who are active participants in professional activities and/or service in the field of human rights are admitted to the Program.

Upon the decision of the Admissions Committee, an admission letter signed by the Director of the Program is mailed to the admitted students. Students who are not admitted to the program receive a letter denying their admission.