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Doctor of Juridical Science programs

The Doctor of Juridical Science Degree Program (JSD) is the most advanced qualification available at Barclay College of Law. It is the most advanced degree that can be awarded to a student pursuing an additional degree after earning a Master of law degree or Master of Legal Studies degree (LLM or MLS). The degree is a research-based, and it is equivalent to the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD),

Graduates of the Doctor of Juridical Science Degree are prepared to be industry leaders and ready to contribute to the legal and academic community professionally by means of teaching, training, scholarly research work and in many other professional ways. The program provides in depth legal skills, knowledge, up-to-date knowledge of current practices and effective research skills. The theoretical skills, practical skills and research skills acquired by the students prepared them to be well-grounded and well-rounded for their professions. All doctoral programs at CIU are research-based, which help graduates to develop high level research skills comparable to other universities around the world. 

The Doctor of Juridical Science Degree program at Cavalla International University Barclay College of Law requires 67 credit hours for completion. The program is a research-focused program guided by faculty advisors. It is designed to be completed in 2 – 3 years. 


Doctoral students are required to work with academic advisors to develop a program of study, consisting of three elements:

Core courses, theory and research, design, and analysis methods coursework
Four-six course sequence of doctoral level theory and methods as applied to issues and concepts specific to the study of law, including a seminar course preparing students to write a dissertation
Advanced courses related to the of study law will be selected and approved for instruction.  by the advisors 

Comprehensive examination (3)
After the completion of the required coursework, each student must pass a comprehensive written examination that assesses their ability to conduct dissertation research to the standards of the Cavalla International university graduate School

Publishable Research Project (1)
After the completion of all coursework and the comprehensive exam, each student is expected to write a good publishable research project. The research project will be read and graded by the Graduate Committee assigned to the Agribusiness graduate program at Cavalla International University. The student will then revise the research project and submit it for publication to an appropriate academic journal.

Concept Paper (2)
Each student is required to present a concept paper before beginning the writing of the dissertation. The concept paper is a mini dissertation proposal, which provides key details about the student’s research project. It is a summary of the student’s intended research project, and it helps the student’s advisory committee to have a clear idea and understanding of the research methods, the topics, and the questions being investigated by the researcher. It is a brief paper of 2-3 pages long in double space. 

Dissertation proposal (3)
The dissertation represents original research that contributes to the overall body of knowledge in one’s chosen academic field. Each student is expected to complete and defend a dissertation proposal, typically by the end of the second year. The proposal outlines the research problem, objectives, research methods, and potential implications of the dissertation research. Once the proposal is approved by the student’s committee, the student is formally advanced to candidacy.

DOC 9060 Dissertation (12)
The dissertation represents an original contribution to scholarship within the discipline of the subject and the result of independent investigation and research. The goal is to put one’s theoretical knowledge and research proficiency to the practical test by conducting an independent, albeit guided, project producing an original piece of research and making a significant contribution to solving a problem and expanding the knowledge base in the specific discipline.

Final examination
Upon completing the dissertation, PhD candidates take an oral examination in defense of their work. The PhD is granted upon successful completion of the oral defense and any revisions to the dissertation required by committee members.

Note: Graduates from CIU master’s degree programs are permitted to transfer up to 30 credits hours to the Doctor of Philosophy program. Students enrolled in the concurrent Master/Ph.D. Students must have earned a C in all courses to be transferred to the doctoral program.