During their first 2-3 years of study, JSP students undertake an ambitious program of seminars and related courses. It is during this time that students complete most of the Program’s pre-dissertation requirements and prepare their two fields of specialization.
JSP Orientation Seminar
3 JSP “Foundation” Seminars
2 Additional JSP Seminars
Statistics Course + Research Design (Methods) Course
One of the keys to successfully managing graduate school is long-term planning. It is important that students have a clear idea of exactly what needs to be done and by when in order to finish their degrees in a timely fashion. The following timeline gives a good idea of what a typical graduate student career should look like from year 1 to year 4, when the dissertation prospectus is approved. (Course offerings may vary slightly).
Note that students are required to register for a minimum of 12 units each semester, and therefore may register for additional JSP seminars...
Once students advance to candidacy, they come under the jurisdiction of the Graduate Council, rather than that of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Ph.D. program, and are governed by a variety of policies intended to ensure their completion of the doctoral degree.
The Graduate Advisor (also known as the Head Graduate Advisor) is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate Division to interpret and enforce campus and program requirements for graduate degrees. The Graduate Adviser routinely signs numerous forms and petitions that accompany student life at U.C. Berkeley. Even more important, the Graduate Adviser helps advise and monitor each student’s progress through to the qualifying exam. Students seeking advice about the program’s requirements, or exemptions from particular provisions, generally need to consult the...