Juris Doctor Program in North America

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Juris Doctor

Universities around the world offer Juris Doctor programs.  This course of study usually has a legal emphasis, and it can sometimes be combined with other advanced degrees.  After completion, students are often qualified to work in a variety of jobs.

A Juris Doctor degree, also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence or Doctor of Law degree, is a doctoral degree in the field of law. Degree holders have completed law school in a common law country like the United States or Australia.

Spanning 23 countries, North America is continent filled with educational opportunity. Students have the opportunity to learn multiple languages and develop an understanding of vastly different cultures.

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JD (part time)

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

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. [+]

Best JD Programs in North America 2017. 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... [-]

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... [-]

Advanced-Standing Two-Year Juris Doctor for Internationally-Trained Lawyers

University at Buffalo School of Law
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Buffalo

The Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. for Internationally Trained Lawyers is intended for students who already hold a law degree from a jurisdiction outside the United States, would like to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law and wants to take the New York State Bar [+]

Best JD Programs in North America 2017. If you hold a law degree from a non-U.S. jurisdiction (a J.D. or its equivalent), you may qualify for our Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. for Internationally-Trained Lawyers program. The Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. for Internationally Trained Lawyers is intended for students who: already hold a law degree from a jurisdiction outside the United States; would like to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law; and wants to take the New York State Bar. In this new and innovative program, they can receive advanced standing, and therefore can finish the J.D. degree in just two years. About the Program These students are just like the traditional three-year J.D.s – they join the entering class, take all the classes required of J.D. students, and form all the bonds that constitute the U.S. legal profession. Through the Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. program, appropriately qualified students may be granted advanced standing for up to 30 credits in recognition of their prior studies. As a result, students may complete their J.D. in approximately two years of full-time study. Although the program takes only two years, Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. program participants are true J.D.s. Participants in the program are fully integrated into the entering J.D. class, where they learn "how to think like a (New York) lawyer." Perhaps as importantly, participants have the chance to foster the social skills and personal and professional networks so critical to the successful practice of law.... [-]

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... [-]

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

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Campus Full time 2 years August 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 JD Programs in North America 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. [-]

JD/MBA Degree Program

The Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University
Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 USA Malibu Los Angeles Encino Long Beach Pasadena Westlake Village Irvine + 6 more

The JD/MBA program allows students to compress a five-year program of study into four years. [+]

Pepperdine's joint Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration program addresses the growing need for additional training for lawyers and businesspersons alike to be competitive in today's global marketplace.

 

Offered at the School of Law and the Graziadio School of Business and Management, the program provides the unique opportunity for students to gain the knowledge required to address the increasingly complex legal problems that will arise as American business expands further into the world market.The JD/MBA program allows students to compress a five-year program of study into four years. Students may begin with the first year of study at either school. Classes for the program begin in the fall semester of each year.... [-]


Dual JD/MBA

Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University
Campus Full time January 2018 USA Grand Rapids

The Seidman College of Business and Michigan State University College of Law offer the dual JD/MBA [+]

Best JD Programs in North America 2017. The Seidman College of Business and Michigan State University College of Law offer the dual JD/MBA and JD/MST. The partnership enables students to transfer 12 credits of Seidman graduate courses to the MSU College of Law JD program and 12 credits of JD credits to the appropriate graduate business program, thus reducing the total number of graduate credit hours required to complete both programs from 121 to 97. Prerequisites for both programs must be met in addition to the 97 graduate credits. Participating students must meet admission standards of each school and be admitted to both programs prior to registering for course work that will be transferred to either program.

 

The transfer work from MSU College of Law will complete the elective portion of the MBA or MST program. Thus, students pursuing this degree will complete, in addition to the business prerequisites, the four required core courses and three of five directed electives in the case of the MBA, and the 5 required and 2 constrained electives for the MST. Specific course work to be transferred to the MBA from MSU College of Law must be planned with the graduate program director, and for the MST, with the student's assigned faculty advisor. Students are referred to the Admissions Office of MSU College of Law for advising with respect to the JD and the specific MBA and MST transfer courses.... [-]


Juris Doctor

Penn State's Dickinson Law
Campus Full time 3 years Open Enrollment USA Carlisle

Our reimagined J.D. program merges theory, doctrine, and experiential learning to produce practice-ready lawyers. Our 1L curriculum introduces both lawyering skills and extra-legal competencies. Then, your upper-level “The Lawyer As…” curriculum begins to shape your career with a concentrated focus on specific areas of legal practice. Courses are taught by a full-time faculty with extensive practice experience, along with sitting judges and practicing attorneys. [+]

Our reimagined J.D. program merges theory, doctrine, and experiential learning to produce practice-ready lawyers. Our 1L curriculum introduces both lawyering skills and extra-legal competencies. Then, your upper-level “The Lawyer As…” curriculum begins to shape your career with a concentrated focus on specific areas of legal practice. Courses are taught by a full-time faculty with extensive practice experience, along with sitting judges and practicing attorneys. J.D. Requirements Earn at least 88 credits, including all first-year required courses. The maximum number of credits permitted per semester is 17. Full time students must be in residence for at least six semesters. To be in residence, the full time student must enroll in at least 12 credits, at full tuition, and not work more than 20 hours per week during the semester. Credits earned through the Semester-in-Washington Program, the Semester-in-Harrisburg Program and the International Justice Internship Program and authorized Dickinson Law semester-long study abroad programs may be used to fulfill this requirement. Credits earned during the summer months may not be used to fulfill this requirement. A first-year student who receives an F in Problem Solving II may not enroll in Problem Solving III and must repeat Problem Solving II in the following academic year. A second-year student who receives an F in Problem Solving III loses credit for Problem Solving II, irrespective of his or her grade in that course, and must repeat Problem Solving II and III in the following academic years. Complete with a grade of at least C one course... [-]

JD/MBA

Widener University School of Business Administration
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chester

the Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (J.D./M.B.A) dual degree program allows you to pursue graduate education simultaneously in both law and business. [+]

A collaborative effort between Widener Law and the Widener School of Business Administration, the Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (J.D./M.B.A) dual degree program allows you to pursue graduate education simultaneously in both law and business. If you're interested in business or corporate law, then this dual degree program might be exactly what you're looking for. Admission In order to qualify for the joint degree program, you must qualify for and apply for admission to both the Law School and the School of Business Administration, including taking both theLSAT and GMAT. If you are a matriculated student at the Law School, you may apply for the program any time up until your third semester if you are a full-time student, or fourth semester if you are a part-time student. Degree Requirements The JD/MBA program requires 79 credits of law courses and 24 credits from the School of Business Administration's core program, with 9 of the 24 business credits counting towards the JD as electives and 6 of the 79 law credits counting toward the MBA. . ... [-]


J.D.

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 5 years September 2017 USA Hempstead + 1 more

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University prepares passionate students to have an impact in the legal community and beyond. [+]

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University prepares passionate students to have an impact in the legal community and beyond. Since 1970, Hofstra Law has provided an education rich in both the theory and skills needed to produce outstanding lawyers, business executives, and community leaders. Located on the 240-acre campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Hofstra Law is 20 miles outside New York City in suburban Long Island. Few, if any, law schools can match the combination of our green campus and easy access to New York City, the hub of the nation's legal profession. Hofstra Law is widely recognized as a pioneer in fully integrating clinical education into a traditional law school curriculum. By the late 1970s, the school had one of the largest clinical programs in the nation. Over the years, our clinics have become well known in legal circles in the metropolitan area. As students represent individuals facing real legal challenges, they gain valuable hands-on experience: they advocate in court, counsel clients, conduct fact investigations, and mediate disputes. Now, with the legal market demanding more skills-based training, we have developed new required skills modules to introduce second-year students to core lawyering skills essential to effective practice. With more than 200 upper-level courses, you can explore almost any area of law and choose a concentration in alternative dispute resolution, business law, criminal law and procedure, energy and environmental law, family law, health law, intellectual property law, or international law. Admissions Admission to the... [-]

Juris Doctorate

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA Chicago + 1 more

The juris doctor (JD) degree is conferred upon candidates who have fulfilled the following requirements: [+]

Juris DoctorateGeneral JD Program Requirements:The juris doctor (JD) degree is conferred upon candidates who have fulfilled the following requirements:

    earned credit for at least 90 semester hours of law study     obtained an overall GPA of 2.25 or better     earned a minimum of three clinical/externship credit hours

JD Certificate ProgramsWhile our core courses provide foundational knowledge of the law, JD candidates are encouraged to specialize their elective coursework to earn a certificate in one of the following areas:

    Alternative Dispute Resolution     Elder Law     Health Law     Intellectual Property Law     International Human Rights     Sustainability     Trial Advocacy ... [-]

JD Program

Brooklyn Law School
Campus Full time 2 - 4 years May 2018 USA Brooklyn

Brooklyn Law School is the first institution in the New York metropolitan area to enable students to earn a J.D. in 2 years, and the only law school in the area to offer a range of flexible 2-, 2.5-, 3-, 3.5- or 4-year options to adapt to all prospective students’ needs. [+]

JD Program

 

Brooklyn Law School is the first institution in the New York metropolitan area to enable students to earn a J.D. in 2 years, and the only law school in the area to offer a range of flexible 2-, 2.5-, 3-, 3.5- or 4-year options to adapt to all prospective students’ needs. These options include:

 

the accelerated 2-year J.D. program, now open to applicants;

 

the standard 3-year J.D. program; or,

 

the extended 4-year J.D. program

 

Across all options, students have the flexibility to choose their preferred time frame. For example, candidates may apply to either the 2- or 3-year programs, or to both. Students may also extend their program by a semester or more, or – for those in the 3- or 4-year programs – graduate one semester early.... [-]


Juris Doctor (JD)

Vermont Law School
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2017 USA South Royalton + 1 more

Earning a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School indicates dedication and commitment, not just to the legal profession, but to making an impact through the law. [+]

Best JD Programs in North America 2017. Vermont Law School Juris Doctor (JD) Earning a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School indicates dedication and commitment, not just to the legal profession, but to making an impact through the law. While preparing for general practice in all 50 states, you’ll develop the knowledge and acquire the skills needed for leadership in environmental law, criminal law, dispute resolution, energy law, international and comparative law, land use, or water resources law. The core curriculum focuses on legal doctrine and analysis, emphasizes the broader social context of the law, and provides education in the skills and values required for effective law practice. In the first year, you’ll build a foundation for legal study through exposure to basic subjects, the techniques of legal analysis, fundamental legal skills, and perspectives on the origins, function, and development of the legal system. During your second and third years, you’ll use Vermont Law School’s extensive course catalog to focus on the issue areas in which you’d like to work and lead. To accommodate the financial realities of many students, Vermont Law School offers accelerated two-year and extended four-year enrollment options for the JD program. [-]

Juris Doctor / JD program

Massachusetts School of Law
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Andover + 1 more

A Juris Doctor degree is not just a professional degree in law. Obtaining a JD degree is the foundation that will open a world of opportunities in the world of law, business, and countless other professions. [+]

Juris Doctor The Massachusetts School of Law provides a high quality, practical and affordable legal education. Rolling admissions are offered and LSAT is not required. Massachusetts School of Law offers lowest tuition compared to any law school in New England. Program Description: A Juris Doctor degree is not just a professional degree in law. Obtaining a JD degree is the foundation that will open a world of opportunities in the world of law, business, and countless other professions. At Massachusetts School of Law, you have the option to focus your Juris Doctor in various aspects of law, such as business, civil rights, criminal, international, personal injury, and more. Should You Earn Your JD Degree and Become a Lawyer? Do you enjoy speaking with people about issues and affairs affecting them? Do you have the ability to empathize, yet think critically? Can you clearly articulate your arguments in a written or verbal manner? Do you enjoy reading and writing? If yes, follow your passion and earn a Juris Doctor degree at Massachusetts School of Law. A JD degree will establish a career route that meets your goals intellectually, financially and emotionally. Massachusetts School of Law at Andover is there every step of the way to guide you through your customizable JD degree program with an affordable tuition, and a personalized approach to the admissions process. Flexible Day/Eve Programs: Massachusetts School of Law at Andover offers: 1. A three-year, full-time program of study 2. A four-year, part-time program Full-time students take fifteen... [-]

Juris Doctor (Law)

Abraham Lincoln University
Campus or Online Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Los Angeles

The Juris Doctor Program requires 140 quarter units and is completed over approximately four years. Upon passing the First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSX, also known as the "Baby Bar"), General Bar Examination (GBX, also known as California Bar Exam), the moral character evaluation, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), and not being in arrears with... [+]

Best JD Programs in North America 2017. Juris Doctor Degree The Juris Doctor Program requires 140 quarter units and is completed over approximately four years. Upon passing the First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSX, also known as the "Baby Bar"), General Bar Examination (GBX, also known as California Bar Exam), the moral character evaluation, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), and not being in arrears with family support obligations, ALU graduates are eligible to become full members of the State Bar of California and are eligible to practice in California. The university provides working adults with a focused and practical online legal education. A significant difference in ALU’s educational model as an online distance learning institution is in the three class options provided to enhance the student’s learning experience. Students may: Attend live classes online, participating in class discussion with professor and other students via online chat functions, View recorded lectures online at a convenient time, or Those students local to the Los Angeles area can attend classes in our classrooms, centrally located in Los Angeles. Although on-campus attendance is not required, it is a popular option for local students. ALU Law School Disclosures Abraham Lincoln University School of Law's authority to grant a J.D. degree, which qualifies graduates to take the California Bar Examination, is as an unaccredited, distance learning law school that is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners. The School of Law is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) of the State Bar of California... [-]