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Residency and Time for Completion

Doctoral degree candidates are required to be in residence for the first year of the S.J.D. program.  It is recommended but not required that such candidates remain in residence during the second year of the program.  The precise period of residency should be determined by the candidate in consultation with his or her Dissertation Advisor. 

Candidates are generally expected to spend a minimum of one month in residence during each year in which he or she is not in residence.  This would be determined in consultation with the Dissertation Adviser.  Candidates are expected to remain in regular contact with their Dissertation Advisers throughout the duration of the program.

Candidates are expected to complete their dissertation within three years.  Students who need additional time to compete their work must make a written request seeking an extension of time and explaining why the extension is justified.  Up to three 90-day extensions may be granted.  In exceptional cases, a fourth 90-day extension may be granted.  Candidates may not take more than two years' leave of absence cumulatively.