How to Apply

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Instructions for the Indigenous People's Law and Policy SJD

SJD applicants must be JD graduates of an ABA approved law school in the United States, or possess the first law degree from a foreign law school approved by the government or other accredited authority in the nation in which it is located. A completed LLM or foreign equivalent is also required. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English (TOEFL 100iBT; IELTS 7.5 with no subsection under 7.0). Additional information about TOEFL is available at

The SJD application is available online directly on our website here. After you create an account make sure to select the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy (IPLP) Program as the program you are applying to.

Full application instructions for the IPLP SJD can be found here.

Instructions for the International Trade and Business Law SJD

NOTICE Currently, we are not accepting applications for the SJD in International Trade and Business Law. We encourage you to apply to our Master of Laws (LLM) in International Trade and Business Law. Students who successfully complete the LLM may subsequently be invited to apply to the SJD program.

Please submit a 5-6 page research proposal and a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Katherine Barnes, associate dean of programs and innovation,, at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.

Provide the contact information (names, titles, telephone numbers, and email addresses) of several of your professors from your university who you feel could describe your work to us.

Please request your testing agency (ETS) to report your most recent TOEFL score to the University of Arizona (institution = 4832, dept = 03);

We will then poll the Law faculty to identify interest in your proposal. If faculty interest, expertise and availability are identified, we will then request a formal application and fee, and ask you to upload the following documents:

  • Original University transcripts, or English-translated originals through a certified translation service, or English language copies certified by the educational institution for each of your law degrees (JD/LLB and LLM);
  • Certificate or Diploma of each law degree, or English-translated original or copy;
  • Copies of any relevant published works; Current CV or resume.

We anticipate offering scholarship and monetary support in the form of a Graduate Tuition Scholarship that equals the cost of the out-of-state portion of tuition/fees. Requests for additional program funding will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and candidates are expected to research and apply for funding as their needs require.

Visit the faculty directory to research our current faculty. To review the courses they teach, see our course schedules. Click on the course name to view a detailed description of the focus, materials, special fees and requirements; click on the professor’s name to view their CV.

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