Doctor of Juridical Science in Corporate and Business Law
Doctor of Juridical Science in Health Law
Doctor of Juridical Science in Health Law
The Doctor of Juridical Science in Health Law program offers the opportunity to demonstrate high scholarly achievement in the field of healthcare law and policy. Applicants for the Doctor of Juridical Science in Health Law must possess a JD and a LL.M. in health law or a related field, or a Masters in Health Administration or Public Health.

S.J.D. Application Procedure:
The S.J.D. is an intensive effort in research, writing, and analysis. The candidate must demonstrate capacity to do sustained, high-level work. With that in mind, the candidate must submit the following materials in support of the application and transcripts:
  • A sample of the candidate’s scholarly writing, of at least 25 pages (translated into English, if necessary), that demonstrates the candidate’s abilities in writing, research, and analysis.
  • A detailed statement of the proposed dissertation topic, accompanied by an outline and a bibliography. It is recommended that the candidate discuss the topic with a member of the health law faculty with knowledge of the topic before submitting these materials.
  • If the candidate’s native language is not English, proof of high proficiency in written English (as reflected on performance on TOEFL or some other evaluation approved by the Director of the Health Law Institute).
  • A personal statement, describing the applicant’s reasons for seeking the degree.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
  • The S.J.D. candidate will be required to register for 2 credits per semester for two years (8 credits).
  • The S.J.D. candidate must also take health law courses required for the Law School’s LL.M. degree, unless previously completed at another institution.
  • To earn the S.J.D. degree, the candidate must complete a dissertation of at least 75,000 words, including notes. The dissertation may be in the form of a book or article, and may consist of up to three non-duplicative articles or chapters. The dissertation must be of publishable quality, and must be published or accepted for publication unless the Director of the Institute waives that requirement. Completion of the dissertation will be supervised by a dissertation committee. The candidate must submit annual written progress reports describing research and writing activities and performance in course work, if any. Finally, the candidate must make a satisfactory oral defense of the dissertation before the dissertation committee, and must orally present the dissertation in a forum open to the Law School community and the public.
These requirements must be completed within five years from the time of enrollment in the degree program.

The dissertation must be on a subject matter within the expertise of the health law faculty, such as:

  • Healthcare Liability
  • Managed Care Legal Issues
  • Healthcare Antitrust
  • Bioethics, including Reproductive technology and issues in Death and Dying
  • Public Health
  • Law and Science
  • Toxic Torts
  • Healthcare Regulations and Finance
  • Bioterrorism
Contact Information
Director: Rebecca D. Walker
Phone: (302) 477-2716 
Email: rdwalker@mail.widener.edu

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