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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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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
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
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
August 2020
Full-time
2 - 4 years
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. Smaller 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
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 2020
Full-time
3 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 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Albany Law School

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 fou ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Albany
September 2019
Full-time
3 - 4 years
Campus
California Western School of Law

The Juris Doctor (JD) and Master in Social Work (MSW) Dual-Degree Program was initiated in 1996 in partnership with the School of Social Work at San Diego State Universit ... [+]

About

The Juris Doctor (JD) and Master in Social Work (MSW) Dual-Degree Program was initiated in 1996 in partnership with the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. It offers students the opportunity to earn the two degrees in four, rather than the usual five years. The program provides opportunities to focus on areas where law and social work regularly intersect such as child welfare, mental health, aging, and domestic violence.

The Program stresses an interdisciplinary approach that values collaboration and communication skills. The culminating experience for the student is the completion of either a thesis or a scholarly paper that would be suitable for publication in a law review journal or some other appropriate scholarly publication.... [-]

USA San Diego
September 2019
Full-time
4 years
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
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

The Juris Doctor is a graduate entry program for non-law graduates. If you want a career in law and already have an undergraduate degree, you can enter the Juris Doctor r ... [+]

Change to a career in law

The Juris Doctor is a graduate entry program for non-law graduates. If you want a career in law and already have an undergraduate degree, you can enter the Juris Doctor rather than the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws.

Because we know that you come to us with a wealth of previous experience, the Juris Doctor is pitched at a higher level to challenge you and to build your capabilities in a legal workplace.

You will find our lecturers are very accessible as we pride ourselves on our ability to know our students individually, whether you study on campus or online.

Professional relevance

Our Law programs have been developed with extensive input from experts in the profession. Our lecturers have strong connections with legal practice and understand the needs of the legal profession. Collectively, they have a wealth of experience in a diverse range of backgrounds, including general legal practice, criminal law, human rights, international and comparative law, family and succession law, environmental and natural resources law, commercial and taxation law, and public law and policy.... [-]

Australia Australia Online
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Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Online
Abraham Lincoln University

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 kno ... [+]

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:... [-]

USA Los Angeles
September 2019
Part-time
4 years
Campus
Online
Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University

The MBA/Juris Doctor (JD) joint degree program has been established so that an individual may integrate his or her educational experience in business and law. ... [+]

The MBA/Juris Doctor (JD) joint degree program has been established so that an individual may integrate his or her educational experience in business and law. Because management personnel and corporate attorneys have individual considerations and goals, by taking law and business courses simultaneously the student may achieve an understanding of commercial affairs from two different points of view. This program has been established so that an individual may integrate his or her educational experience in law and business. Because management personnel and corporate attorneys have individual considerations and goals, by taking law and business courses simultaneously the student may achieve an understanding of commercial affairs from two different points of view.Under the structure of the dual program, the Dedman School of Law will award twelve hours of academic credit toward the J.D. degree (87 hours) for satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the MBA program. Similarly, Cox will award twelve hours of academic credit toward the MBA degree (60 hours) for satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the JD program. A JD/MBA candidate will complete 75 law school hours and 48 business school hours for a total of 123 graduate credit hours. When a disparity occurs between the tuition rate of the School of Law and that of the Cox School, the tuition rate of the School of Law shall apply to courses taken from its curriculum.To be admitted to the joint program, applicants must apply to both programs. Admission applications should be addressed to both the law... [-]

USA Dallas
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Full-time
4 years
Campus
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

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; obtain ... [+]

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

Each JD certificate program has specific requirements and elective courses a student may take in order to earn the certificate.Academic AreasIn addition to JD certificates, John Marshall offers a number of elective courses in the following substantive areas of law:... [-]

USA Chicago
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 3 years
Campus
Vermont Law School

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

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 make 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.... [-]

USA Royalton
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
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
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Full-time
Campus