Graduate Certificate Program Requirements & Admissions


Program Requirements*

  • GPA: Students must maintain a 3.5 or better.
  • Courses: Students must complete at least two approved graduate courses to earn a graduate certificate. Currently, approved graduate courses include any course taught by an LSJ faculty member and JSIS 599 (Law, Rights & Governance). One of these courses must be taught in a department other than the graduate student's home department.
  • Participate in eight LSJ workshare sessions while earning the certificate.
  • Analytic paper: Students will satisfy the “capstone” requirement by developing an analytic paper that engages the law and society tradition. This paper must be presented at a relevant national conference such as the Law & Society Association meetings or another relevant conference) or in a LSJ workshare.

* For graduate fellows admitted before Autumn 2020 click here to see applicable program requirements.

For a list of approved graduate courses taught during the 2020-21 school year, click here. Independent study courses cannot be substituted for these courses.

Please be aware that per Graduate School Memo #43, the overlap of coursework applied towards your Graduate Program Certificate and your Ph.D. must not exceed 6 credits and is limited to elective coursework in each program. 

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students usually apply for the program in their first or second year of their PhD program. 

Apply Here 

Completion Process 

LSJ Graduate Certificate Completion Form: Upon completion of these requirements, the student must complete and submit the LSJ Graduate Certificate Completion Form here:

LSJ Grad Completion Form

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