Juris Doctor Degree in JD in USA

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A Juris Doctor is an advanced degree designed for students interested in pursuing professions as lawyers, counselor, and other legal professions.  This course of study is often combined with other advanced degree programs, and it is available from universities around the globe.

The Juris Doctor (also referred to as Doctor of Law or Doctor of Jurisprudence) is the highest professional graduate degree in the field of Law. The Juris Doctor degree is often abbreviated JD.

The USA remains the world’s most popular destination for international students. Universities in the US dominate the world rankings and the country also offers a wide variety of exciting study locations. State university systems are partially subsidized by state governments, and may have many campuses spread around the state, with hundreds of thousands of students.

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Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

SMU Dedman School of Law
Campus Full time Part time 5 years August 2017 USA Dallas + 1 more

The degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is the highest post-graduate law degree offered by the Dedman School of Law. The S.J.D is primarily a research and writing degree (as opposed to a course-oriented degree such as the LL.M. degree) during which the S.J.D. candidate conducts extensive postgraduate-level legal research with a view toward submitting an acceptable doctoral dissertation of publishable quality within a five-year period. This program is intended for highly qualified candidates seeking a legal academic career or a high level, policy-oriented governmental or inter-governmental position. [+]

Best Law Studies in JD in USA 2017. The degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is the highest post-graduate law degree offered by the Dedman School of Law. The S.J.D is primarily a research and writing degree (as opposed to a course-oriented degree such as the LL.M. degree) during which the S.J.D. candidate conducts extensive postgraduate-level legal research with a view toward submitting an acceptable doctoral dissertation of publishable quality within a five-year period. This program is intended for highly qualified candidates seeking a legal academic career or a high level, policy-oriented governmental or inter-governmental position. Within a five-year period from first matriculation as an S.J.D. candidate, the S.J.D. candidate must satisfy the following requirements: Completion of the two-year probationary period described above. Submission of a doctoral dissertation of at least 80,000 words but no more than 100,000 words (including footnotes, but excluding Bibliography, Front Pages, Table of Contents and any Annexes or Appendices) on a coherent, analytical, and focused theme of a substantially legal nature; or submission of an equivalent doctoral dissertation in the form of a series of interrelated articles/chapters on a more general topic, but which collectively comprises a topically coherent volume. The dissertation must constitute the original work product of the S.J.D. candidate. The dissertation must represent and show evidence of substantial doctoral-level research work. The dissertation must display significant legal analyses on a doctoral-level subject. The dissertation must be of a publishable quality according to acceptable U.S. law review standards. The dissertation must make a substantial contribution to the advancement of the understanding of the relevant research subject matter. It is within the discretion of a S.J.D. candidate's Supervisory Committee to require a viva voce (i.e., oral examination), at which the S.J.D. candidate will be asked "to defend" orally his/her dissertation in the presence of the members of the Supervisory Committee. The dissertation must be approved by each member of the Supervisory Committee. The award of the S.J.D. requires approvals of the Committee on Graduate Legal Studies, the Law Faculty, and University. Such decisions cannot be appealed, except as provided below. If the S.J.D. candidate's doctoral dissertation is not approved, the Graduate Committee will provide the S.J.D. candidate with an explanation of the reasons why it was disapproved; and the S.J.D. candidate then will be given one further twelve-month period within which to endeavor to satisfy such comments and to resubmit a revised dissertation. If the S.J.D. candidate then does not within the twelve-month period satisfy all doctoral requirements, the person is withdrawn from the S.J.D. program. Primary Supervisor. The applicant must obtain as a Primary Supervisor who is a faculty member of the SMU Dedman School of Law. The Primary Supervisor must have particular expertise in the S.J.D. candidate's general area of doctoral research. Statement of Subject of Dissertation. The applicant, with the assistance of the Primary Supervisor, must submit a document of no more than 2,000 - 3,000 words explaining the research topic the applicant will undertake for the purpose of preparing the dissertation. Admission to the S.J.D. Program An applicant who is granted admission to the S.J.D. program initially is admitted in a probationary status. The S.J.D. candidate must demonstrate progress towards completion of the requirements for the degree to continue as an S.J.D. candidate. The S.J.D. candidate is matriculated as of the first day of the first semester in which the S.J.D. candidate commences the S.J.D. program. Tuition and Fees For the first year of the program, S.J.D. candidates will be charged the equivalent of full-time tuition and fees applicable to LL.M. students. Thereafter, S.J.D. candidates will be assessed a special fee for each fall and spring term up until approval of the final dissertation. This fee will be set at the beginning of each term. There are no Law School scholarships or research/teaching assistantships available for the S.J.D. degree. On an individual basis, an S.J.D. candidate may apply to be the research assistant of a particular faculty member, but any such arrangement must be made individually with the faculty member, who reserves full discretion in such a matter. S.J.D. DEGREE Within a five-year period from first matriculation as an S.J.D. candidate, the S.J.D. candidate must satisfy the following requirements: Completion of the two-year probationary period described above. Submission of a doctoral dissertation of at least 80,000 words but no more than 100,000 words (including footnotes, but excluding Bibliography, Front Pages, Table of Contents and any Annexes or Appendices) on a coherent, analytical, and focused theme of a substantially legal nature; or submission of an equivalent doctoral dissertation in the form of a series of interrelated articles/chapters on a more general topic, but which collectively comprises a topically coherent volume. The dissertation must constitute the original work product of the S.J.D. candidate. The dissertation must represent and show evidence of substantial doctoral-level research work. The dissertation must display significant legal analyses on a doctoral-level subject. The dissertation must be of a publishable quality according to acceptable U.S. law review standards. The dissertation must make a substantial contribution to the advancement of the understanding of the relevant research subject matter. It is within the discretion of a S.J.D. candidate's Supervisory Committee to require a viva voce (i.e., oral examination), at which the S.J.D. candidate will be asked "to defend" orally his/her dissertation in the presence of the members of the Supervisory Committee. The dissertation must be approved by each member of the Supervisory Committee. The award of the S.J.D. requires approvals of the Committee on Graduate Legal Studies, the Law Faculty, and University. Such decisions cannot be appealed, except as provided below. If the S.J.D. candidate's doctoral dissertation is not approved, the Graduate Committee will provide the S.J.D. candidate with an explanation of the reasons why it was disapproved; and the S.J.D. candidate then will be given one further twelve-month period within which to endeavor to satisfy such comments and to resubmit a revised dissertation. If the S.J.D. candidate then does not within the twelve-month period satisfy all doctoral requirements, the person is withdrawn from the S.J.D. program. The J.D. is the basic law degree for U.S. law students. For this reason, SMU Dedman School of Law does not normally consider the degree appropriate for international students already possessing basic law degrees within their home countries. However, in a limited number of instances, international students who have graduated with distinction in the LL.M. program of SMU Law and who can demonstrate legitimate graduate study objectives for furthering their careers in their home countries may be considered for admission to the J.D. program. These students are not required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Admission under such conditions will normally entail an additional study of 72-87 credit hours. Advanced credit, if any, is based upon the student’s foreign law study, not on the LL.M. credit.​ For more information on this program, email bheine@smu.edu. About Founded in 1925, SMU Dedman School of Law is a top-ranked tier-one private law school located in Dallas, Texas, and is situated in a tree-lined neighborhood, just minutes from the city center.  Established in 1949, the law school's graduate degree law programs have played an important role in training some of the foremost leaders around the world. We are proud our global alumni network - more than 2,000 graduates from 80 countries who hold prominent positions in government, legal practice, business, the judiciary, and legal education worldwide. 
 Exceptional Graduate Degree Programs SMU Dedman School of Law offers graduate degree programs for both U.S. and foreign trained lawyers. The LL.M. and S.J.D. Programs enhance careers in the private practice of law, teaching, and public service by teaching analysis and problem-solving skills for meeting the complex demands of our world. The programs increase the student’s understanding of legal theory and policies, broaden the student’s legal horizons, and encourage the development of legal research and writing skills. 
Studying in Vibrant Dallas, Texas SMU Dedman Law offers international students an opportunity to become part of a vibrant, diverse, scholarly community with the advantage of studying in Dallas - not only an international business center, but a dynamic cultural center situated midway between the east and west coast of the United States in a region known for its mild, sunny climate.  Dallas is the ninth-largest city and the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex make up the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. It is a sophisticated city with a thriving job market, high quality of life and relatively low cost of living. It is a great place to live and study! 

Globally Recognized Faculty The faculty includes scholars and innovators in a variety of fields, including constitutional law, corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, health law, intellectual property, national security law, oil and gas law, public interest law, and tax law. These scholars regularly engage the world by appearing before congressional committees, working with state and federal regulatory agencies, arguing before state and federal courts, working with corporate executives and nonprofits, and regularly appearing in the media to translate their research or offer commentary on important stories of the day. Studying law at SMU gives students access to an exceptional faculty engaged in timely and cutting-edge research often informed by years of experience. Learning Experience In addition to our diverse curriculum, students are invited to take advantage of the many activities outside the classroom. At SMU Dedman Law, your learning experience will be enriched through year-round international conferences and lectures, bringing prominent international figures to campus to discuss current global legal issues.  International LL.M. students take classes with American J.D. students and participate in our Inns of Court Program - a program that is introduced during orientation where students connect in small groups with fellow classmates, faculty, student leaders, career advisors, and alumni for a community experience throughout their time at SMU Dedman School of Law. A faculty member will serve as your personal academic advisor. Practicing lawyers from the Dallas Bar Association International Law section also serve as mentors for our students. Internationally Prominent Alumni International graduates of SMU Dedman School of Law have made an impact all over the world. Our international alumni network includes more than 2000 graduates in more than 80 countries. These professionals can be found at the highest levels of government, legal practice, and business. SMU’s international alumni represent a broad spectrum of legal systems, including those from Central and South America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. We strive for global geographic diversity in our student enrollments, and provide a high degree of individual attention and support for each international student. Sobchok Sukharomna ’81 Supreme Court President, Thailand Dr. Shen Shiaoming ’81 International Legal Consultant for  Mackenzie & Albritton LLP The Honorable S.M. Krishna ’59 Minister for External Affairs for India (2009-2012) Siriporn Chaiyasuta ’85 General Counsel, Chevron Europe, Eurasia and  Middle East Exploration & Production Limited Moath Alhussain ’11 Assoc. Counsel, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation Antonio M. Garza ’83 Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Dr. Helmut Sohmen ’66 Chairman and President, BW Group Dr. Hassan Okour ’07 Former Dean, Qatar Law School Jinsung Lee ’88 Justice, Constitutional Court of Korea Yukio Horigome ’71 Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan Hans Heppe ‘97 International Partner, Locke Lord LLP Honorary German Consul Student Life The law school is located on the northwest corner of SMU’s main campus – with the classroom buildings, administration building and law library forming what is called the “Law Quad.” This ideal location provides easy access to many of SMU’s wonderful student resources, including dining services, a premier fitness center, and health services center. [-]

JD (part time)

The Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law
Campus Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Washington

CUA Law has a thriving Part-time Evening Division J.D. Program. Designed around the needs of working professionals looking to complement their current careers or beginning a new one, all classes meet between 6:30 and 9:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. [+]

An Accommodating, Supportive, and Quality Learning Environment CUA Law has a thriving Part-time Evening Division J.D. Program. Designed around the needs of working professionals looking to complement their current careers or beginning a new one, all classes meet between 6:30 and 9:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. The evening division's diversity features students who are professionals from many industries and backgrounds. They hold various degrees such as Ph.D’s, M.D.’s, Masters, and Bachelors. Some have always wanted to work towards a law degree, while others found a law degree would help open new career opportunities for themselves. And in some cases they are individuals who have focused on raising a family and have now decided to work on their career. The Part-time Evening Division J.D. Program takes four years to complete and having time management skills is a plus. CUA Law features a supportive faculty and staff to help students with the adjustment of managing their law school experience and their full-time job. Students enrolled in the evening division are required to at least 11 semester credit hours and no less than 8 semester credit hours. In order to be eligible for graduation students enrolled in the evening division must complete 84 semester credit hours. Students who are part of the Evening Division are invited to participate in the various Student Organizations at CUA Law. There is also an Evening Law Students Association (ELSA), which was founded in 1993 to represent our evening-division students and promote their extracurricular activities, address their special academic concerns, and enhance their legal education. ELSA works to encourage equitable access to all academic and extracurricular activities for evening law students, as well as sponsoring academic and social programs. Application Overview Applying for First Year Admission To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have received an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional associations and demonstrated satisfactory performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The preferred deadline for applicants to both day and evening divisions is March 15. First year students begin their studies only in the fall semester. In most cases applications are complete when the following has been received: The application with a $65 non-refundable application fee (The application fee for the current recruitment cycle has been waived); Personal Statement; An official report from the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report containing a transcript analysis and LSAT score. At least one but nor more than two letters of recommendation. All letters must be submitted directly to LSAC. A note to international applicants: Transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States or Canada must be evaluated by an organization such as World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. We will also accept international transcripts through the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service. Please note that applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was not received in a school where English is the language of instruction, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The results should be forwarded directly to the Law School. [-]

JD (full time)

The Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington

The decision to attend law school remains a sound, smart, and fulfilling investment in yourself and your future. In a complex world facing many serious challenges, the need for competent, ethical, and compassionate legal practitioners is stronger than ever. [+]

Best Law Studies in JD in USA 2017. Admissions The decision to attend law school remains a sound, smart, and fulfilling investment in yourself and your future. In a complex world facing many serious challenges, the need for competent, ethical, and compassionate legal practitioners is stronger than ever. Located near the heart of Washington, D.C., a city like no other and the center of our nation’s legal system, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (CUA Law) is among the best choices you can make if your goal is to graduate with the skills — such as critical legal analysis, legal writing, and effective oral advocacy—that are essential to successful legal practice in the 21st century. At every turn, our approach to legal education can be summarized with three words: practical, focused, and connected. Practical means you will learn by doing; focused offers the chance to choose among many different areas of legal study for academic emphasis; connected describes professors who take a personal interest in you, students who treat each other like family, and a supportive alumni network. Application Overview Applying for First Year Admission To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have received an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional associations and demonstrated satisfactory performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The preferred deadline for applicants to both day and evening divisions is March 15. First year students begin their studies only in the fall semester. In most cases applications are complete when the following has been received: The application with a $65 non-refundable application fee (The application fee for the current recruitment cycle has been waived); Personal Statement; An official report from the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report containing a transcript analysis and LSAT score. At least one but nor more than two letters of recommendation. All letters must be submitted directly to LSAC. A note to international applicants: Transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States or Canada must be evaluated by an organization such as World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. We will also accept international transcripts through the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service. Please note that applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was not received in a school where English is the language of instruction, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The results should be forwarded directly to the Law School. Concentrations Concentrations encourage and support increased academic focus within a field of interest, but do not result in a certification. They include foundational requirements, a menu of electives, one upper division writing requirement, and a transition to practice course requirement. Each concentration has a designated faculty member as its coordinator to advise students concerning course selection. CUA Law offers concentrations in the following practice areas: Civil Litigation A concentration in Civil Litigation combines an opportunity to master legal doctrine with the platform to acquire skills like brief drafting, direct and cross examination of witnesses, and oral argument at both the trial and appellate level. Criminal Litigation The Criminal Litigation concentration informs employers that the student possesses the skills, experience, and training necessary to immediately begin work in a courtroom as a prosecutor, defender, or judicial law clerk. At the concentration’s core is the hands-on experience a student receives in actual litigation. Family Law The nation has a growing need for accomplished lawyers to who can practice family law in a variety of settings, including law firms, legal service providers, and child welfare agencies. This concentration prepares students by offering a wide variety of specialized courses and training. Intellectual Property Technology is constantly evolving and a thorough grounding in intellectual property will help all attorneys. This IP concentration offers a diverse curriculum, including classes focusing on patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, international intellectual property, cyber law, art law, and entertainment law. Labor and Employment The Labor and Employment concentration will assist motivated students to pursue careers well-versed in every aspect of this fascinating and dynamic area of law. Coursework is a mix of mandatory and electives classes, covering such topics as Gender, Law and Policy; Immigration Law and Policy; Labor Relations Law in the Public Sector; and Legal Rights of People with Disabilities. Securities Regulation This concentration program is designed to satisfy the interests and provide the professional preparation for those students who find fascination in exploring how business and industry create the means to finance their operations. [-]

Joint J.D./M.S. in Bioethics

Albany Law School
Online & Campus Combined Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Albany

The joint J.D./M.S. in Bioethics program is offered by Albany Law School in conjunction with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. The Alden March Bioethics Institute is an internationally recognized leader in the growing field of bioethics and its graduate education programs bring together outstanding teachers, innovative researchers, excellent students, the latest teaching technology, and an intensive clinical ethics program. The M.S in Bioethics is designed for those who want to put bioethics to work in their own professional careers. Albany Medical College is conveniently located directly across the street from Albany Law School, which gives law students a unique opportunity to participate in clinical rounds, ethics consultations and educational sessions on a regular basis. [+]

The joint J.D./M.S. in Bioethics program is offered by Albany Law School in conjunction with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. The Alden March Bioethics Institute is an internationally recognized leader in the growing field of bioethics and its graduate education programs bring together outstanding teachers, innovative researchers, excellent students, the latest teaching technology, and an intensive clinical ethics program. The M.S in Bioethics is designed for those who want to put bioethics to work in their own professional careers. Albany Medical College is conveniently located directly across the street from Albany Law School, which gives law students a unique opportunity to participate in clinical rounds, ethics consultations and educational sessions on a regular basis. Master's students must complete a total of 10 courses. The online and onsite courses include empirical bioethics, research ethics, classic cases, clinical ethics and others. Students also complete a required master's project, choosing a traditional thesis, two publishable journal articles, or a practical project. Law and bioethics joint degree students can satisfy master's requirements by taking three specified courses at Albany Law School. Students can also count 12 credits earned in the Master of Science in Bioethics program toward their J.D. at Albany Law School. Because students can "double-count" courses, they can complete a J.D./ M.S. in Bioethics in three to four years. Albany Law School students may also satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement and the bioethics final research project by completing one research paper that satisfies the requirements of both programs. The Alden March Bioethics Institute works closely with Albany Law School to create a plan of study that accommodates both schools' schedules. M.S. courses are offered fall, winter, spring and summer to give students flexibility in completing their requirements. The M.S. in Bioethics and the J.D./M.S. Degree programs are registered by the New York State Board of Regents. Admission Requirements The applicant must be accepted and matriculated in both programs through the admissions process of each program to be enrolled in the joint degree program. For more information about applying to the Alden March Bioethics Institute, contact: Prof. Evelyn Tenenbaum Coordinator of the Joint Degree Bioethics/J.D. Program Albany Law School etene@albanylaw.edu +1 518-445-3375 Hayley Dittus, MPH Coordinator of Graduate Studies The Albany Medical College Alden March Bioethics Institute +1 518-262-2639 dittush@mail.amc.edu [-]

Juris Doctor

Albany Law School
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Albany

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first professional law degree awarded to a student who has successfully completed the study of law. Albany Law School offers three- and four-year programs leading to a J.D. degree. [+]

Best Law Studies in JD in USA 2017. The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first professional law degree awarded to a student who has successfully completed the study of law. Albany Law School offers three- and four-year programs leading to a J.D. degree. The oldest independent law school in North America, Albany Law has been educating students and producing superb lawyers for more than 160 years. As the only law school within 100 miles of the capital of New York State, Albany Law offers students access to the state and federal courts, the legislature, state agencies and a strong private sector. Here you will find an intellectually rigorous curriculum in a highly supportive environment; a close-knit community of dedicated students; and accessible faculty. Albany Law is home to an extensive clinical program and dynamic law centers that serve the community and provide you with opportunities to engage in meaningful law practice. Though we emphasize the value of a broad-based education, Albany Law School offers concentrations for students wishing to focus their fields of study on particular areas of interest. Albany Law School also offers Joint Degree Programs in cooperation with several local institutions. J.D. Application & Requirements Financial Aid Information Joint Degree Programs Courses Concentrations Joint degree offerings include: J.D./Master of Arts in Bioethics J.D./Master of Business Administration J.D./Master of Public Administration J.D./Master of Regional Planning J.D./Master of Social Work The Admissions Office staff is dedicated to assisting you through the application process. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, and encourage you to contact us. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m EST/EDT. Please e-mail us at admissions@albanylaw.edu or call (518) 445-2326. Juris Doctor Applicants Albany Law School welcomes applicants with a strong record of academic success, life experiences that show a capacity to successfully handle challenges, and a high level of motivation to study law. Because a large part of the Albany Law educational experience comes through interaction among students, each year we enroll a class of qualified individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to add to our diverse campus community. J.D. Law Degree Academic Requirements Applicants for admission as candidates for the Juris Doctor degree must hold, or have completed the requirements for, a baccalaureate or higher degree granted by a regionally accredited institution, containing at least 45 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences. Applicants without a baccalaureate degree are admitted only with exceptional academic credentials. In such a case, the applicant must have successfully completed three-fourths of the coursework toward a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution. International students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. You can download the Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Merely meeting the minimal requirements does not, however, guarantee admission. Because the Albany Law receives many more applications from persons adequately equipped for the study of law than can be accepted, the Albany Law School Admissions Committee selects those it determines can most benefit from and contribute to the academic program. Transfer Applicants Students currently enrolled in an accredited law school may apply for admission with advanced standing. The number of transfer applicants that we accept depends on the number of spots available in the second-year class. For more information, please visit our transfer admissions page. [-]

Juris Doctor

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 USA Central Islip + 1 more

Touro Law offers full-time, part-time day, and part-time 4 and 5-year evening programs as well as a two-year accelerated program for students seeking to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, which is awarded upon successful completion of 88 credits. Beyond the required coursework, students may create their own unique law school experience, choosing from a curriculum that includes an extensive array of practice-oriented offerings and opportunities for hands-on learning – including clinics, skills courses and externships. [+]

Touro Law offers full-time, part-time day, and part-time 4 and 5-year evening programs as well as a two-year accelerated program for students seeking to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, which is awarded upon successful completion of 88 credits. Beyond the required coursework, students may create their own unique law school experience, choosing from a curriculum that includes an extensive array of practice-oriented offerings and opportunities for hands-on learning – including clinics, skills courses and externships. Touro Law Center’s five-year strategic plan, Portals to Practice, is a cutting-edge program that reconceives and restructures the law school experience for all Touro Law students. Portals to Practice expands the scope and quality of legal education by focusing on the development of legal professionals, from pre-law through post-graduation. Admissions The Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program at the Law Center combines an innovative, enriching curriculum with flexible scheduling to meet the diverse needs of qualified candidates. Full-Time Programs Regular 3-Year J.D. Program – Students in these programs take a course load totaling 12-16 credits per semester and attend classes on weekdays. Most full-time students complete the J.D. program within 3 years, but may accelerate to 2 ½ years by attending summer sessions. Classes begin in spring and fall every year. Two-Year Accelerated J.D. Program – In addition to attending classes during the fall and spring semesters, students in this program will also take classes in the winter and summer sessions. Students selected for this program will complete all requirements for the J.D. degree during a concentrated and rigorous 24-month period. This program will make it possible for graduates to sit for a Bar Examination only 26 months after they begin their law school. In-person interviews may be required. Transfer students and visiting students are admitted for the fall, spring, or summer semester. All candidates may apply to attend on a full-time or part-time basis. For more information on Touro Law Center’s innovative, experiential J.D. program curriculum including our Collaborative Court Program, click here. January Start Option – Touro Law has a January start option available for those students who are applying late in the process and would prefer to start in January rather than wait until August. Touro Law is committed to providing students with flexible options to earn their degree. Part-Time Programs Four-Year Part-Time Day and Four-Year Part-Time Evening – Students in these programs take a course load of 11 credits per semester and attend classes during the day, Monday through Friday, or in the evening, Monday through Thursday (from 6:30 p.m. to around 10:00 p.m.). Five-Year Part-Time Evening program - Students are guaranteed a three evenings/week schedule for the first year (6:30 p.m. to around 10:00 p.m.). Students in part-time programs may also accelerate completion by attending summer sessions. [-]

2-Year J.D. Program for Foreign-Law Graduates

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Central Islip

This program offers foreign law graduates the opportunity to earn a J.D. degree in two years. This program is ideal for those who desire a comprehensive understanding of the American Legal principals and who want to have access to the bar exam not just in New York State but in all 50 U.S. States. [+]

Best Law Studies in JD in USA 2017. This program offers foreign law graduates the opportunity to earn a J.D. degree in two years. This program is ideal for those who desire a comprehensive understanding of the American Legal principals and who want to have access to the bar exam not just in New York State but in all 50 U.S. States. Admission to the Two-Year J.D. Program requires: Successful completion of a degree from an accredited law school in a country other than the United States Submission of a Touro Law Center Application for Admission Completion of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and subscription through LSAC to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)* *The LSAT is given each year in February, June, September/October, and December. Students may register for any test date and still be considered for the upcoming class, as long as their applications can be completed in time to be considered for the desired date of law school entry. Qualifications for Admission to the Bar In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. [-]

J.D./M.A. in Law and Diplomacy (Dual Degree)

Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Campus Full time September 2017 USA South Orange

The School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall School of Law offer a joint degree program leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations and Juris Doctor. The joint degree presents a unique opportunity for students to combine legal training with a thorough understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural dynamics of international affairs. [+]

The School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall School of Law offer a joint degree program leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations and Juris Doctor. The joint degree presents a unique opportunity for students to combine legal training with a thorough understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural dynamics of international affairs. In a competitive job market, joint degree recipients possess the training and expertise that make them stand out. The program may be completed in four years and one summer, rather than the five years usually required for the separate completion of both degrees. Curriculum Diplomacy and International Relations Component (30 credits) DIPL 6000 - International Relations Theory DIPL 6001 or DIPL 6180 - Politics of Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism or Comparative Foreign Policy DIPL 6002 or DIPL 6004 - International Organizations or Peacemaking and Peacekeeping DIPL 6105 or DIPL 6155 - International Political Economy or Advanced Economic Aspects of International Relations DIPL 6104 or DIPL 6130 - Art and Science of International Negotiation or International Security DIPL 7111 - Internship* DIPL XXXX - Diplomacy Electives *A student with a clerkship may substitute a Diplomacy elective for the internship requirement. Law Component (85 credits) As part of their Law School coursework, students must complete the following requirements: International Legal Studies Group (12 credits) Independent Research (2 credits - WRTG 9142) or a second Advanced Writing Requirement course drawn from the International Legal Studies Group. Admission Students must submit separate applications to both Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall Law and must be accepted for admission to each school. Students should indicate on each application that they wish to be considered for the JD/MA joint degree program. Apply to the School of Diplomacy and International Relations Candidates should complete the primary application information, attach a current resume and statement of purpose. Additional documents, including letters of recommendation, LSAT scores and transcripts will be extracted from the Law School application. Please contact Daniel Kristo, Director of Graduate Admissions, at daniel.kristo@shu.edu or (973) 275-2142, upon completion of your application to Seton Hall Law, and with any additional questions about the School of Diplomacy. Apply to Seton Hall School of Law Please contact the Seton Hall Law Admissions Office at (973) 642-8687 with questions. Only one application fee is required; students can request an application fee waiver for the School of Diplomacy portion of the application. Application/Enrollment Options JD/MA candidates who are accepted to both programs concurrently must enroll only in law courses during the first year of studies and enroll in a combination of law/diplomacy courses thereafter. Students who enroll in the MA stand-alone program are eligible to apply for the JD/MA program during their first year of studies. If admitted to the JD program, candidates must enroll only in law courses for the following year and resume enrollment in a combination of law/diplomacy courses thereafter. Students who enroll in the JD stand-alone program first are eligible to apply for the JD/MA program during the first year of law studies. Students must be in good academic standing in their program of initial enrollment (JD or MA) in order to receive consideration for the joint degree program. [-]

J.D. Concentration International Law Honors

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hempstead

In an increasingly globalized world, the study of international law subjects is increasingly vital to legal education and practice. The faculty has already recognized this reality by requiring Transnational Law in the first year. [+]

Best Law Studies in JD in USA 2017. In an increasingly globalized world, the study of international law subjects is increasingly vital to legal education and practice. The faculty has already recognized this reality by requiring Transnational Law in the first year. Students enrolled in the International Law Honors Concentration (the Concentration) will receive additional instruction and training in subject areas fundamental to the development of a transnational legal practice and in specialized courses related to their individualized career goals. The Concentration provides a robust framework to guide students seeking to acquire the substantive legal knowledge, skills, work experiences, and professional contacts important for embarking on legal practice informed by international law subjects. Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement Professors Juli Campagna, Jay Hickey, Julian Ku and Barbara Stark will serve as faculty advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean. Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration after the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students), but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation. Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration’s requirements. A student’s concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement. Course Requirements Required Core Courses In addition to Transnational Law, a mandatory required course in the first year, students must take one of the following courses: International Law International Business Transactions Required Skills Courses Students must take at least one of the following courses: Political Asylum Clinic Global Externship Externship (with international focus, must be approved by advisor) Ecuador Field Study Cuba Field Study Immigration Field Study International Commercial Arbitration (with Skills Lab) Law of International Trade (with Skills Lab) International Sales Law with International Sales Law Skills Lab Elective Courses Students must take at least 3 additional elective courses from the list below. Additionally, any of the following mandatory core courses or skills courses not used to fulfill the mandatory or skills requirements may satisfy the elective requirement. Approved Elective Courses Export Laws and Export Controls Regulation of International Markets International Commercial Arbitration International Commercial Dispute Resolution International Transactions: Commercial Paper in a Paperless Age International Family Law Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Constitution Use of Force in International Law: From Peacekeeping to Terrorism National Security and the Law Immigration Law Advanced Immigration Law and Citizenship European Union Law Introduction to the Economic Law of the European Union Law of Humanity and Law of Nations Law of Human Rights Seminar Law of the Sea International Environmental Law Energy, the Environment, and the Global Economy Global Climate Change and U.S. Law Comparative Health Care Regulation Comparative Health Care Liability: Compensation for Medical Accidents Comparative Cyberlaw Additionally, any other course approved by the student’s concentration advisor, including Independent Study, can be used to satisfy the elective course requirement. Writing Requirement A student must complete a writing requirement that would satisfy either Writing Requirement I or II in any course, or via any Journal note or Independent Study, on an international law subject or subjects, as approved by the student’s concentration faculty advisor. It is permissible for the writing used to satisfy this requirement be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement. Professional Development Requirement The Professional Development Requirement is intended to highlight opportunities for students to gain exposure to and/or experience in the international law fields outside of the classroom and insure that students take advantage of at least one such opportunity. To satisfy the Professional Development Requirement, students must: Participate as a student member of a local, national, and/or international Bar committee; Participate in an international moot court competition; Participate in the International Law Society or Human Rights Law Society; or Engage in any other professional development activity of a similar type approved by the faculty concentration advisor. Minimum G.P.A. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.1 is required at the time of concentration. A G.P.A. of 3.1 need not be maintained throughout the student’s time in the Concentration. However a student must graduate with a 3.1 or higher in order to be awarded credit for the Concentration. [-]

J.D. Concentration Intellectual Property Law Honors

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hempstead

Students enrolled in the Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration will receive instruction and training in those subject areas fundamental to the practice of intellectual property attorneys, in addition to instruction in specialized, related subject areas of their choosing. [+]

Students enrolled in the Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration will receive instruction and training in those subject areas fundamental to the practice of intellectual property attorneys, in addition to instruction in specialized, related subject areas of their choosing. Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement Professors Akilah N. Folami, Leon Friedman, and Irina D. Manta serve as faculty concentration advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean. Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A Concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration at a later date, but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation. Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration’s requirements. A student’s concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement. Content and Requirements Required Core Courses: Students must take the Intellectual Property Survey course. In addition, they must take two of the following three courses: Copyright Patents Trademarks Students who take all three of these courses may waive the requirement to take the Intellectual Property Survey course if they wish to do so. Elective courses Students must also take a total of at least 3 elective courses from “List A” and “List B”. At least 1 of these courses must be taken from “List A,” below, and at least 1 must be one of the Capstone courses, which involve skills training and are marked with asterisks (the two requirements in this sentence may be fulfilled with the same course). List A Art Law Comparative Cyberlaw Entertainment Law Global Compliance in the Digital Age Intellectual Property Colloquium Law in Cyberspace Patent Litigation* Patent Practice* Patent Prosecution Externship* Privacy in the Digital Age Sports Law Telecommunications Law and Policy List B Administrative Law Antitrust Biotechnology: Law, Business, and Regulation Business Drafting Seminar* Discovery Skills II: Depositions* E-Discovery Practice* Evidence (Prof. Krieger only)* International Business Transactions International Commercial Arbitration* International Sales Law International Trade Law’s Response to Reproductive Technology Legal Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation* Litigation and Drafting Skills* Mass Media and the First Amendment Pretrial Skills* Remedies* Scientific Evidence Transactional Lawyering* Additionally, any other course approved by the student’s concentration advisor, including Independent Study coursework, can be used to satisfy the third elective. Subject to a student’s concentration advisor approval, students can also use an IP-related externship not on this list to fulfill the Capstone part of the electives requirements. Writing Requirement A student must complete a writing requirement that would satisfy either Writing Requirement I or II in any course, or via any Journal note or Independent Study, on an intellectual property law subject or subjects, as approved by the student’s concentration faculty advisor. It is permissible for the writing used to satisfy this requirement to be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement. Minimum GPA Careers in intellectual property law are challenging and can be competitive to successfully enter. For that reason, it would be unwise for most students to single-mindedly pursue a career in intellectual property law. Any interested student should, by all means, take courses in the area of intellectual property law to ascertain interest, develop skills, and hone expertise – but the majority of students should also have in mind other career options, and should round out their legal education to position them well for such options. Enrolling in the Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration would not be fully consistent with such advice. For this reason, a minimum GPA of 3.1 is required at the time of application for the Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration. Although a GPA of 3.1 or greater need not be maintained throughout a student’s time in the concentration, a student must graduate with a GPA of 3.1 or greater in order to be awarded credit for the concentration. The Concentration maintains a TWEN site, which is used for communication and programming. All concentration enrollees should sign up for the site (“Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration”). [-]

J.D. Concentration Health Law

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hempstead

Health Law is now a complicated, heterogeneous domain of law. Practicing Health Law may call for special skills in corporate law, bioethics, family law, Internet and technology law, and tort law, as well as in other areas of law. [+]

Best Law Studies in JD in USA 2017. Health Law is now a complicated, heterogeneous domain of law. Practicing Health Law may call for special skills in corporate law, bioethics, family law, Internet and technology law, and tort law, as well as in other areas of law. The Health Law concentration program thus recognizes that to prepare students for the careers in Health Law, they must have significant flexibility to design programs of study that allow them to take advantage of the Law School's broad curriculum, while offering the opportunity for greater specialization. Accordingly, students may select between a general Concentration in Health Law and more specialized programs of study in Health Law and Bioethics and Health Law: Institutional Structures and Financing. Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement Professors Janet Dolgin, Jennifer Gundlach, Ashira Ostrow and Vern Walker serve as concentration faculty advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean. Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). At the initial meeting, students will select one track among the three offered (including the general Health Law track.) An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration at a later date, but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation. Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration's requirements. A student's concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement. Course Requirements Required Core Courses: Courses required of all students concentrating in Health Law: Health Law Bioethics and the Law or both Clinical Bioethics I and Clinical Bioethics II Special Problems Seminar: Health Law Advanced Courses: A student enrolled in the Health Law and Bioethics track must take at least two of the following courses: Constitutional Issues in Health Law Elder Law Law and Medicine Together Law and Psychiatry The Law of Medical Product Discovery, Development and Commercialization Law’s Response to Reproductive Technology Legal Decision Making for Children and Incompetent Adults v. Representing Health Care Providers Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System Public Health Law, Policy and Ethics Sexuality and the Law A student enrolled in the Health Law: Institutional Structures and Financing track must take at least two of the following courses: Administrative Health Law Constitutional Issues in Health Law Elder Law The Law of Medical Product Discovery, Development and Commercialization Managed Care and the Evolution of the Doctor-Patient Relationship Medical Malpractice Medicare and Medicaid Law Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, An International Perspective Products Liability Public Health Law, Policy and Ethics Representing Health Care Providers Scientific Evidence A student enrolled in the general Health Law track must take at least two of the advanced courses listed above (selected in consultation with the student’s concentration faculty advisor). Each student concentrating in Health Law must take at least one additional course, to be selected in consultation with the student’s concentration faculty advisor. (This applies to students in the general track and to students in the specialized tracks.) Students must take at least 15 credits in the Concentration. Thus, some students will be required to take two (rather than one) additional courses. Skills Courses: Each student in the Health Law Concentration must take a course with an “experiential component.” This may be the Health Law and Policy Clinic, a Health Law demonstration project or a course that includes simulations (selected in consultation with the student’s advisor). In addition, enrollment in other clinics that now exist may fulfill the Concentration’s “experiential” requirement. Identification of relevant clinics will depend on a student’s individual program of study within the Concentration; relevant clinics will be selected in consultation with the student’s concentration faculty advisor. Writing Requirement A student must complete a significant writing project in any course, or via any Journal note or Independent Study, on a topic related to the Concentration, as approved by the student’s concentration faculty advisor. Normally, the writing project for this Concentration will be eligible for Writing Credit I. However, with the agreement of a student’s concentration faculty advisor, a writing project that fulfills Writing Credit II may fulfill the Concentration writing requirement. It is permissible for the writing used to satisfy this requirement be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement. Minimum GPA A minimum GPA of 3.1 is required at the time of application for the Health Law Concentration. A GPA of 3.1 need not be maintained throughout a student’s time in the Concentration; however, a student must graduate with a GPA of 3.1 or higher in order to be awarded credit for the Concentration. [-]

J.D. Concentration Family Law

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hempstead

Students enrolled in the Family Law Concentration will receive instruction and training in those subject areas fundamental to family law practice, in addition to instruction in specialized, related subject areas of their choosing. [+]

Students enrolled in the Family Law Concentration will receive instruction and training in those subject areas fundamental to family law practice, in addition to instruction in specialized, related subject areas of their choosing. The Concentration will take advantage of the law school’s robust family law curriculum, provide students interested in family law with a chance to receive intensive guidance on their course of study, and formally recognize students who decide to pursue specialized knowledge and skills in the field of family law. Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement Professors Barbara S. Barron, Barbara Stark, J. Herbie DiFonzo, and Theo Liebmann will serve as Faculty Concentration Advisors for this concentration. Students must meet with their concentration faculty advisor prior to applying to the concentration in order to discuss their suitability for the concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline in their fourth semester of study. An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration at a later date, but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation. Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the concentration’s requirements. Content and Requirements Required Core Courses Students must take one of the following two courses: Family Law (3) Family Law (with Skills Component) (4) Required Skills Courses Students must take at least one of the following courses: Introduction to Child and Family Advocacy (2-3) Matrimonial Skills (2) Legal Decision Making for Children and Incompetent Adults (3) Nassau County District Attorney Youth Court Externship (3) Modern Divorce Advocacy (1) Matrimonial Law Externship (3) Mediation Externship (3) Elective Courses Students must take at least two additional elective courses from the following list: Children and the Law (2-3) LGBT Lawyering (2) Aging and the Law Seminar (2) International Family Law (2-3) Rights of LGBT Youth: A Comparative Approach (1) Special Education Law (2) Collaborative Family Law Seminar (2) Advanced Topics in Family Law (2) Alternatives to Litigation (2) Child Abuse and Neglect (2-3) Family Law Policy Seminar (2) Mediation Principles and Practice (2) Advanced Mediation Seminar (2-3) Any other course, such as an independent study or journal note that is approved by the student’s concentration advisor. Capstone/Clinical Courses Students must take at least one of the following Capstone/Clinical Courses: Youth Advocacy Clinic (6) Domestic Violence Seminar (with Skills) (4) Juvenile Justice Clinic Practicum (2) Writing Requirement At least one of the student’s Concentration courses must satisfy either the Writing Requirement I or Writing II requirement. The student’s Concentration Advisor must approve the paper topic. With the approval of the Concentration Advisor, student notes for the Family Court Review, or for other law reviews, may also be used to satisfy the requirement. The writing used to satisfy this requirement may be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement. [-]

J.D. Concentration Energy and Environmental Law

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hempstead

In a world facing heightened environmental and economic challenges, energy and environmental law have taken on a renewed importance. Students enrolled in the Energy and Environmental Law Concentration (the Concentration) will receive instruction and training in subject areas fundamental to the practice of energy and environmental law and in specialized courses related to their individualized career goals. [+]

Best Law Studies in JD in USA 2017. In a world facing heightened environmental and economic challenges, energy and environmental law have taken on a renewed importance. Students enrolled in the Energy and Environmental Law Concentration (the Concentration) will receive instruction and training in subject areas fundamental to the practice of energy and environmental law and in specialized courses related to their individualized career goals. The Concentration provides a robust framework to guide students seeking to acquire the substantive legal knowledge, skills, work experiences, and professional contacts important for embarking on a career in the energy and/or environmental field(s). Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement Professors James Hickey and Katrina Kuh will serve as faculty concentration advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean. Guidance from a student's concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a student's enrollment in the Concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). Students interested in enrolling in the Concentration are strongly encouraged to take Environmental Law during their third semester of study (or fourth semester of study for part-time students). An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration after the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students), but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation. Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester's course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration's requirements. A student's concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement. Course Requirements Informal tracks within the Concentration guide the student's choice of course work. Table 1 presents Required Core Courses and Electives by track. Students must take at least two Electives from Table 1 in addition to their Required Core Courses. One of the Electives must be a skills course. All students are further required to complete a culminating experience, either through an approved externship or clinic. Participation in an approved clinic may be used to satisfy both the skills requirement and the requirement for a culminating experience. The four informal tracks are described below: Regulatory Counselor track (federal, state regulatory agencies (e.g., US EPA, US PERC, NYSDEC), law firms, in-house counsel); Transactional Lawyer track (law firms with business and real estate transactional practices, in-house counsel); Policy and Advocacy track (government, not for profits, and political organizations); and, Litigation and Enforcement track (federal, state enforcement agencies (e.g., US DOJ, State Attorneys General), litigating public interest not for profits (e.g., Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earth justice), law firms (Superfund cost recovery, toxic torts practices). These informal tracks are guides and are not mandatory. They are designed assist students in thinking about sequencing and selection of courses. Students will work with their faculty concentration advisor to craft an appropriate mix of course work. Writing Requirement A student must complete a writing requirement that would satisfy either Writing Requirement I or II in any course, or via any Journal note or Independent Study, on an energy or environmental law subject or subjects, as approved by the student's concentration faculty advisor. It is permissible for the writing used to satisfy this requirement be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement. Professional Development Requirement The Professional Development Requirement is intended to highlight opportunities for students to gain exposure to and/or experience in the energy and environmental fields outside of the classroom and insure that students take advantage of at least one such opportunity. To satisfy the Professional Development Requirement, students must: Participate as a student member of a local, state or national energy and/or environmental Bar committee; Participate in an environmental or energy moot court competition; Participate in the Environmental Law Society; or Engage in any other professional development activity of a similar type approved by the faculty concentration advisor. [-]

J.D. Concentration Criminal Law and Procedure

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hempstead

Students enrolled in the Criminal Law and Procedure Concentration will receive instruction and training in those subjects and skills that are fundamental to the real-world practice of criminal law. [+]

Students enrolled in the Criminal Law and Procedure Concentration will receive instruction and training in those subjects and skills that are fundamental to the real-world practice of criminal law. Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement Professors Barbara S. Barron, Alafair S. Burke, Robin Charlow, Lawrence W. Kessler, and Fred Klein will serve as faculty concentration advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean. Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration at a later date, but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation. Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration’s requirements. A student’s concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement. Course Requirements Required Foundational Courses Depth of Knowledge Foundation Students must take all of the following courses: Criminal Law Evidence Criminal Procedure I: Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments Criminal Procedure II: Adjudication Skills Foundation It is strongly recommended that students gain the necessary foundation in trial skills by enrolling in Trial Techniques - Comprehensive Litigation Skills. However, students may establish the necessary skills foundation by completing three credits of trial (as opposed to other advocacy) skills in a criminal (as opposed to civil) law context. The credits used to satisfy the skills foundational requirement may not also be used to satisfy any of the additional concentration requirements below. Electives Students must also complete at least two of the following elective courses. Although it is suggested that students select at least one depth of knowledge course and at least one simulation-skills course, a student has discretion over which electives to select in consultation with his or her Faculty Concentration Advisor. Depth of Knowledge Courses: Comparative Criminal Law Crime and Communities Death Penalty Discretion at Sentencing: A Comparative Approach Domestic Violence Seminar Federal Criminal Law International Criminal Law Juvenile Justice Seminar Law and Psychiatry Mental Health Issues in Criminal Justice System Police Discretion: A Comparative Approach Race, Gender and Crime Scientific Evidence (*with Advisor’s approval) Sentencing Reform Seminar U.S. Exceptionalism in Criminal Punishment Wrongful Convictions Simulation/Skills Courses: Advanced Trial Advocacy Advanced Trial Practice: The Jury Domestic Violence Seminar (with Skills) Expert Witness – Homicide Human Trafficking Project New York Criminal Procedure Prosecutor's Role: Prosecuting a Criminal Case Youth Court Culminating Experience Requirement The final law school year should include a culminating experience that permits students to combine their study of theory, doctrine, and skills in the real world. To satisfy the requirement of a culminating experience for a Criminal Law and Procedure Concentration, students must complete either the Criminal Justice Clinic or the Clinical Prosecution Practicum. If, however, a student is unable because of enrollment limitations to participate in either the Criminal Justice Clinic or the Clinical Prosecution Practicum, the Faculty Concentration Advisor may permit the student to satisfy the Culminating Experience Requirement through completion of Prosecutor's Role: Prosecuting a Criminal Case, plus completion of Externship Program, Criminal Law, for a total of at least 6 credits, if the advisor concludes that the combination of the two will provide the student an equivalent depth and breadth of experience and level of attorney supervision as a clinic experience. A student relying on Prosecutor’s Role: Prosecuting a Criminal Case to partially fulfill the Culminating Experience Requirement cannot use that same course toward the completion of the Skills Foundation or Electives requirements above. Writing Requirement A student must complete a writing requirement that would satisfy either Writing Requirement I or II in any course, or via any Journal note or Independent Study, on a criminal law or procedure subject or subjects, as approved by the student’s concentration faculty advisor. It is permissible for the writing used to satisfy this requirement be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement. [-]

J.D. Concentration Corporate Compliance

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hempstead

Students enrolled in the Corporate Compliance Concentration will receive instruction and training to prepare them for practices that focus on or involve compliance work. Although the Concentration focuses on financial industry compliance, it encompasses other areas of compliance that are commonly encountered by corporate lawyers / lawyers representing corporate clients. [+]

Best Law Studies in JD in USA 2017. Students enrolled in the Corporate Compliance Concentration will receive instruction and training to prepare them for practices that focus on or involve compliance work. Although the Concentration focuses on financial industry compliance, it encompasses other areas of compliance that are commonly encountered by corporate lawyers / lawyers representing corporate clients. Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement Professors Juliana Campagna, J. Scott Colesanti, and Ronald J. Colombo serve as faculty concentration advisors for this Concentration. Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration at a later date, but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation. Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration’s requirements. A student’s concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement. Course Requirements Required Core Courses (all must be taken): Business Organizations Administrative Law Required Skills Courses (at least one must be taken): Business Drafting Seminar The Business of Lawyering Community and Economic Development Clinic Real Time Lawyering: Negotiating the Complex Deal Transactional Lawyering Electives (Students must take at least one elective course from each of the following lists): List A [foundational industry courses] Corporate Finance Securities Regulation* Broker/Dealer Regulation* List B [advanced financial industry courses] The Regulation of Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and other Alternative Investment Vehicles* Introduction to Asset Management* Combatting Corruption List C [compliance-related courses outside of the financial industry] Global Compliance in the Digital Age Employment Law Biotechnology: Law, Business, and Regulation Comparative Health Care Regulation List D [other courses] Securities Arbitration Law & Role of In-House Counsel Federal Income Taxation of Individuals Introduction to Statutory and Regulatory Interpretation* Writing Requirement The student must complete a writing assignment on a subject relevant to the Concentration, as approved by his or her advisor, that would satisfy the requirements of Writing Requirement I or II. Culminating Experience Requirement Each student must complete a culminating experience in the area of compliance. Within the discretion of his or her Concentration Advisor, this could include: the Health Law & Policy Clinic; a relevant externship; a substantial relevant writing other than that which is being used to satisfy the writing requirement; relevant coursework beyond that which is being used to satisfy the other requirements of the Concentration; or some other relevant undertaking, whether credit-bearing or not. * “Wild Card” courses: the asterisked courses may be used to satisfy any List’s elective requirements, and not simply the List under which they are listed. No one course may be used, however, to satisfy the requirements of two Lists simultaneously. [-]