The deadline to apply for the SJD program via LSAC is April 1. The deadline to apply via our Online Application System is May 1.
A complete application to the S.J.D. Program must include the following materials:
- A completed application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. You may also submit an application through our Online Application System and send your supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates should submit their application and supporting materials as soon as possible.
- Your resume should list all universities you have attended, academic publications, and relevant extracurricular activities. Provide information about any honors, awards, and scholarships you may have received. You should also list any law or business-related professional experience you have, by providing your dates of employment, your employer, and the position you held.
- Personal Statement
In English, please explain your reasons for pursuing an S.J.D. degree, your intellectual goals in pursuing doctoral studies, and how you plan to use your graduate degree for your short and long-term career plans. If there is a faculty member with whom you are particularly interested in working because of his area of expertise or research, please identify the individual and explain the reasons for your interest in this professor. Indicate all of your previous international experience, including your experiences in your LL.M. Program, and any particular interest you have in the Wake Forest School of Law S.J.D. Program.
- Official Transcripts
You must submit transcripts from each university or college that you have attended. Transcripts must be in the language of the institution, as well as in English, and should explain the University’s grading system.
- Copy of passport bio page: Submit a clear copy of your passport bio page with your documents via LSAC or email a copy directly to email@example.com.
- Two Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Ideally, these letters should come from former law professors or employers of the applicant and should address the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate legal study. We prefer that at least one letter come from a professor or dean from the school where you earned your LLM. Recommendation letters must be in English or accompanied by an English translation. Letters of Recommendation may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org if they are sent from the email account of the person writing the letter, or the letters must be mailed directly to the school in a sealed envelope and signed across the seal.
- Writing Sample
An applicant must demonstrate superior achievement in graduate-level legal research and writing in English, preferably by providing a copy of his thesis produced at the LL.M. level or by providing a substantial directed research paper submitted as an LL.M. candidate as evidence of his ability to conduct graduate-level legal research and writing in English. This writing sample should represent the applicant’s best scholarly work.
- Dissertation Proposal-S.J.D. applicants must submit a dissertation proposal that is typed, double-spaced, and accompanied by a bibliography that provides relevant research sources that may be used in the applicant’s dissertation. The proposal should provide enough detail to define the topic of the proposed dissertation with specificity and indicate its significance and issues to be investigated. The proposal should include:
- an introduction;
- a description of your topic, why it’s important, and what makes it interesting for you;
- a discussion of work that has already been done on the topic by other scholars;
- what your dissertation will contribute;
- a chapter-by-chapter summary as you foresee it;
- a conclusion; and
- a preliminary bibliography of likely primary and secondary sources you will use.
- Documentation of Financial Resources- We require evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your full course of study and living expenses while enrolled in the S.J.D. Program. Financial documentation consists of two parts: Certified Bank Statements-You (or your sponsor) must provide certified bank statements or other official financial support statements, which must be accompanied by a cover letter on the financial institution’s letterhead, verifying that you have or your sponsor has sufficient funds to provide for your full course of study and living expenses. Sponsorship Letter(s)-If you have a scholarship, your sponsor must send us a letter affirming a commitment to provide funds for your S.J.D. studies and stating the amount of the scholarship. If your parents or other family members are your sponsors, they should be specific as to the amount they will be providing. You should submit a letter from them stating their commitment to financially support your education in the U.S. and specifying their relationship to you.
- TOEFL Score- All S.J.D. applicants must be proficient in English. Since you have graduated from a U.S. LL.M. Program, the TOEFL requirement is usually waived since evidence of English language proficiency includes the student’s performance in prior academic degree programs for which English was the language of instruction and his prior writings were produced in English.
- Application fee of $75.00 -The application fee for those not using LSAC is non-refundable and can be paid by (1) money order or official bank check drawn in U.S. currency, payable to Wake Forest University School of Law, or (2) wire transfer. Credit card payments are not accepted. Applicants may also request a fee waiver.