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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, and graduates holding the degree normally take on the professional suffix of "esquire" after their name, rather than using the prefix "Dr."

What Are the Benefits of Taking a Juris Doctor?

Juris Doctor programs take a scientific approach to law, teaching logic and adversarial analysis. Promoting a practical approach to legal study, Doctor of Law programs prepare students for a career as a lawyer, attorney, barrister, counselor or other legal professional. JD programs also prepare students to succeed in professional law exams (sometimes called the "Bar" exam), required to practice in most countries. Passing the legal professional examination is the gateway to becoming a solicitor, lawyer, attorney or legal counsel.

What Are the Requirements for a Juris Doctor?

The monetary costs of completing a Juris Doctor degree program can vary widely from country to country, and between universities. The amount of time it takes an individual to complete their Doctor of Law program may also affect the total price of the degree.

What Kind of Career Can You Expect with a Juris Doctor?

Juris Doctor and Doctor of Law programs are offered at universities and academic institutions around the world, in the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, South Africa and more. Some universities offer part-time, online or distance learning curricula for Juris Doctor candidates, making it possible to pursue a JD degree from anywhere in the world.

How to enroll in a Juris Doctor?

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Brooklyn Law School

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA New York
May 2019
Full-time
2 - 4 years
Campus
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law

At the Law School, we are committed to learning as a collaborative enterprise. Our program challenges students to grow intellectually and professionally. ... [+]

Overview

At the Law School, we are committed to learning as a collaborative enterprise. Our program challenges students to grow intellectually and professionally. Faculty members engage with students as partners as well as serving as sources of knowledge. A foremost concern of the Law School is to provide assistance in "learning how to learn." Students prepare for a challenging and rewarding professional life equipped with skills in legal counseling, advocacy, and decision-making. Students are encouraged to study law and legal institutions as integral parts of larger social, political-economic, and ecological systems.

The Law School curriculum is rich and diverse. Classroom experiences include vigorous discussion in traditional Socratic classroom settings, as well as lectures, seminars, informal small group discussions and individually supervised field and library research projects. Writing skills are honed in small groups and on a one-to-one basis with experienced faculty and practitioners. Students participate in experiential clinical courses that provide a wide array of opportunities including real courtroom experience, simulation clinics, and externship opportunities. All students in the full-time JD program must enroll for at least 12 credits during the three-year program. A normal semester course load is 14 to 16 credit hours. Through rigorous, stimulating, and challenging study, the Law School's graduates are well-prepared to work in any jurisdiction in the country.... [-]

USA Honolulu
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Central Islip
January 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations

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 Ju ... [+]

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)... [-]

USA South Orange
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Australian National University (ANU) - Law

The ANU Juris Doctor (JD) is a distinctive programme designed for graduates of non-law disciplines (or non-Australian law degrees) and provides the qualification required ... [+]

Programme description

ANU is Australia's top-ranked university and ANU Law School is ranked 12th in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

The ANU JD is an internationally recognised legal qualification. Completing a JD, and the requisite practical legal training (PLT), qualifies you to practise law anywhere in Australia and in some other jurisdictions.

As an ANU law student, you will learn from world-class academics and guest lecturers with real-world professional experience. Small class sizes provide increased opportunities for students to interact and engage with academic staff, visiting guest speakers and other students.

During your ANU law degree, you will be presented with numerous opportunities to put your legal knowledge into action and gain practical experience through a range of internships, clinical placements, student competitions and exchanges in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.... [-]

Australia Canberra
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 10 years
Campus
Peking University School of Transnational Law

Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree., pursuant to a three-year full-time program based on a curriculum comparable to t ... [+]

Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, pursuant to a three-year full-time program based on a J.D. curriculum comparable to that offered in the United States. The language of instruction is English. The program also includes an elective fourth-year course, devoted to a survey of Chinese law, with instruction in Mandarin Chinese. Courses in Chinese law are mainly open to students from Mainland China or whose first language is Chinese.

Both curriculums emphasize lawyering skills and knowledge for the 21st century: (i) transnational law and practice, (ii) cross-cultural competence, and (iii) the professional responsibilities of lawyers in these contexts. No law school anywhere better equips graduates for the private sector, public sector, or public interest legal work in China, the United States, the United Kingdom, or British Commonwealth nations.... [-]

China Shenzhen
August 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Albany Law School

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 Marc ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Albany
September 2019
Full-time
3 - 4 years
Online & Campus Combined
Singapore Management University

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) programme is a graduate programme that leads to the first degree in law. It is designed for persons who hold ... [+]

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) programme is a graduate programme that leads to the first degree in law. It is designed for persons who hold undergraduate degrees in other disciplines and for those who hold degrees in law from civil law countries. Many students have several years of work experience. The programme is characterized by interactive (Socratic) teaching that helps students develop analytical, problem-solving, interdisciplinary and comparative law skills. These skills are essential for excelling in today’s highly competitive legal and corporate environments. A rigorous curriculum is taught by an international faculty that includes teachers with backgrounds in practice, government and the judiciary.... [-]

Singapore
August 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Hamad bin Khalifa University

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program delivers a unique model of graduate legal education to meet the needs of Qatar and the region. ... [+]

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program delivers a unique model of graduate legal education to meet the needs of Qatar and the region.

The JD is the first-of-its-kind graduate law degree in the MENA region and has been created through a strategic partnership with Northwestern University School of Law. It is the standard first professional graduate law degree in the U.S. as well as an increasing number of other countries. A JD differs from an undergraduate law degree in that it targets individuals who already hold an undergraduate degree, which can be in any subject (including law). The JD is comparable with the best of those offered internationally and equips its graduates with a high level of legal knowledge and the skills that go with such knowledge, thereby enabling them to make the most of a wide range of career options in the public sector, multinational institutions, and in academia. Program Focus An in-depth look at the conceptual theory of law: why are laws made and how have the different legal systems around the law developed? How do different systems differ and where are the similarities? Students will be given a comprehensive education in the function of law, whether in Qatar, the region or internationally. There will be considerable focus on the application of the law, ensuring that practical skills are developed, in addition to a theoretical understanding of legal issues and concepts. Curriculum General courses focusing on the foundational principles needed to successfully practice law in the... [-]
Qatar Doha
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
California Western School of Law

Our innovative Juris Doctor (JD) program emphasizes skills-based training and prepares you for a successful and satisfying career in the legal profession. ... [+]

Overview

Our innovative Juris Doctor (JD) program emphasizes skills-based training and prepares you for a successful and satisfying career in the legal profession.

In your first year:

You build the foundation for successful law practice through traditional first-year coursework with an emphasis on legal analysis, research, and writing, and begin meeting with career advisors to identify work opportunities in law school and beyond.

In your second year:

You will participate in the much-acclaimed STEPPS Program, where you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary for the ethical practice of law through a client-attorney simulation course. You can also take a wide variety of courses designed to prepare you for the bar exam and a career in law. Specialized courses and experiential learning opportunities are also available.... [-]

USA San Diego
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 3 years
Campus
Bond University

The Juris Doctor is a professional legal qualification which prepares you to become a legal professional in the corporate, government, community or not for profit sectors ... [+]

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A prior degree in any discipline. Applicants are required to have at least a 70 percent grade average in an undergraduate degree. Consideration is also given to relevant work experience and referees’ reports on the suitability of the applicant for studying law.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Juris Doctor is a professional legal qualification which prepares you to become a legal professional in the corporate, government, community or not for profit sectors, both within Australia and overseas. Bond’s Juris Doctor provides an engaging learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. Our unique integrated Legal Skills Program is part of the Juris Doctor and focuses on core skills essential to the practice of law. The individual modules are taught in conjunction with relevant legal subjects over a number of semesters during your degree. These include:... [-]

Australia Robina
January 2020
Full-time
108 weeks
Campus
University of Technology Sydney

This course is the only integrated law and Practical Legal Training (PLT) degree in Sydney, and meets both the academic and practical requirements for admission to practi ... [+]

Students engage with industry-informed, academically rigorous and highly practical courses, choosing from flexible learning options that include day and evening classes (core subjects), block study (selected subjects) and online learning (electives), as well as selected recorded lectures and podcasts. In addition to standard part-time and full-time study modes, students can fast-track their progress by enrolling in Summer sessions to complete the degree in just three years.

Career options include, but are not limited to, lawyer within a private firm, corporation, government department or community law centre, regulatory affairs and policy adviser in the public or private sector or legal specialisation related to students' previous degree or enhanced career options within an existing professional sphere.... [-]

Australia Sydney
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

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-worl ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Hempstead
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University

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

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 coursework 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 coursework 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.... [-]

USA Grand Rapids
January 2020
Full-time
Campus
Yale School of Management

The Law School, an extraordinary community in which to study law is known for its student-faculty interaction, the flexibility of its program, and for producing leaders i ... [+]

In cooperation with other schools and departments of Yale University, the Law School offers programs leading to a master’s degree and a J.D. (Juris Doctor) or to a doctorate and a J.D. These programs are intended for those who wish to acquire the specialized skills of somebody of knowledge related to law. All proposals must be submitted to and approved by the Faculty Committee on Special Courses of Study.The joint MBA/JD degree program combines the rich resources of the Yale School of Management and Yale Law School. The Law School -- an extraordinary community in which to study law -- is known for its student-faculty interaction, the flexibility of its program, and for producing leaders in the study and practice of law.The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is offered by the School of Management. In this program, students receive an exceptionally rigorous business education. Beyond this, students receive the broad intellectual framework and practical skills that are essential for leadership today. Normally a two-year program, the M.B.A. may be earned with only one additional year of coursework by joint-degree candidates who are students at the Law School. Students may apply to both the Law and Management schools simultaneously or to one school during their first year at the other.... [-]

USA New Haven New York
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus