Cornell J.S.D. candidates conduct original research into specific legal topics of individual interest while deepening their understanding of American domestic law, international law, and comparative law, particularly in areas in which Cornell’s faculty is world renowned. Cornell Law’s J.S.D. is conferred by Cornell University, not the Law School, and is comparable to a Ph.D. Candidates are provided full funding for three years. The J.S.D. is designed for students who hold a first degree in law (J.D.) as well as an LL.M. (or its equivalent) and want to pursue an academic career.