As is the case for most doctoral programs, pursuing the S.J.D. is an intensely individual endeavor, one that requires discipline and self-direction. To enrich what might otherwise be a lonely existence, the Graduate Program helps S.J.D. students form a larger academic community—both among themselves and in the framework of the larger Graduate Program and Harvard communities.
For example, the S.J.D. Colloquium Series, in addition to being a vehicle for the fulfillment of a degree requirement, in fact is a lively and serious forum for intellectual exchange. Many S.J.D. students also teach their own workshops, under the aegis both of the Graduate Program and other research programs, which attract S.J.D., LL.M. and J.D. students, graduate students from elsewhere in the University, and some faculty. S.J.D. candidates also work as teaching assistants, research assistants, and even co-teachers with various faculty members, within the Law School and elsewhere at Harvard. Many of our students present their work at academic conferences and lecture series at a range of venues worldwide. We also offer S.J.D. students a variety of workshops on such topics as teaching techniques, dissertation writing, and the job search process.
In addition, participation in the S.J.D. program often represents an opportunity to publish. We have recently launched a working paper series intended to showcase the work of Harvard’s S.J.D. students. Many of our students have published portions of their dissertations and related work—in law journals, volumes of essays, and elsewhere—while still in the program.