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Juris Doctor

The Doctor of Jurisprudence or Juris Doctor degree is a first professional graduate degree awarded for completing two to four years of law school. After passing a bar examination, a JD graduate may practice law in a number of different areas.

Juris Doctor programs offer core courses that are mandatory preparation for the legal professional exam. Juris Doctor programs take a scientific approach to law, teaching logic and adversarial analysis.

Education in the United States is mainly provided by the public sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: state, local, and federal, in that order. The common requirements to study at a higher education level in United States will include your admissions essay (also known as the statement of purpose or personal statement), transcript of records, recommendation/reference letters, language tests

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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. [+]

Juris Doctors 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. [-]

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 [-]

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. [+]

Juris Doctors 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. [-]

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. [+]

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. Program

The University of Mississippi - School of Law
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Oxford

The J.D. program at the University of Mississippi School of Law prepares you to actually practice law, not just to think like a lawyer. [+]

Juris Doctors in USA 2017. The J.D. program at the University of Mississippi School of Law prepares you to actually practice law, not just to think like a lawyer. Because we believe that lawyers come in as many forms as there are law students, we provide you with a legal education to fit your future career. We believe in maximizing your options and choices rather than in a one-size-fits-all approach. Moreover, we integrate professional skills throughout our curriculum. Our J.D. Program begins with a strong foundation in heavily-tested bar exam subjects, such as Torts, Contracts, Property, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. Our students also benefit from a full year of legal research and writing, culminating with appellate brief writing and oral argument – with the top first year students selected for membership on our nationally-ranked Moot Court Board. Our first years also have the option of learning courtroom litigation skills through a mock trial workshop and competition hosted by our Trial Advocacy Board. Our innovative Skill Session devotes the first two weeks of every spring semester to an intensive skills course. All first year students enroll in Contract Negotiation and Drafting, a course that builds on classroom coverage of contract law in the fall semester with each student participating in simulations of contract discussions and the work of converting those talks into robust documents. The negotiation component of the course feeds selection of several first years for our Negotiation Team later in the spring semester. Our second year and third year students choose among twenty Skill Session courses ranging from Trial Practice and Small Business Drafting to Legal Spanish and Legal Entrepreneurship. The availability of a full spectrum of offerings allows our upper level students to focus on litigation, transactional work or public service lawyering, and any number of substantive areas including estate planning, real estate, sports law, entertainment law and intellectual property. Building on the Skill Session, we offer seven different clinical programs: Innocence Project, Criminal Appeals, Street Law, Child Advocacy, Transactional Law, Elder Law, and Low-Income Housing. Each of these programs guarantees tremendous individual attention because we limit enrollment to no more than eight students per clinic each semester. Our clinical students receive temporary admission to the bar and represent real clients. The clinical programs afford students the opportunity to not only actually practice law but to do so with the close support and guidance of clinical professors and supervising attorneys. Our four externship programs – Public Service, Prosecution, Judicial and Business Regulation – deliver opportunities to make the leap from the classroom to the law office, all while still providing the support of a classroom instruction and the mentorship of a clinical professor. This best-practices approach to externships ensures a productive experience. Our new Solo Practice Program will provide courses, mentors and incubator benefits to students wishing to open their own law practice straight from law school. Courses like Law Office Management, Lawyering Skills Workshop, Solo Practice and Accounting for Lawyers equip students with necessary skills. Our mentors, both recent graduates and veteran attorneys, provide practical advice both before and after graduation. Our solo practice incubator will afford our graduates with support as they work to establish their own law offices. Beyond the traditional classroom, our Pro Bono Initiative builds a culture of servant leadership by tackling specific skill-based projects such as guardianship, child support modification, child custody and low-income tax assistance. Of course, we also provide a full panoply of regular courses from which our students choose a program of instruction, needing only to satisfy the requirement of an advanced writing seminar and a legal ethics class. Our faculty boasts experts in an extraordinary range of subjects, including securities regulation, tax, bankruptcy, workers compensation, torts, gaming law, insurance law, civil procedure, law and religion, sports law, criminal law, criminal procedure, death penalty law, international human rights, environmental law, Native American law, health care law, legal ethics, evidence, children and the law, law and medicine, constitutional law and theory, supreme court practice, and family law. Curriculum First Year Required Courses Law 503 Civil Procedure I (3 credits, one semester) Law 507 Constitutional Law I (3 credits, one semester) Law 501 Contracts (4 credits, two semesters) Law 568 Criminal Law (3 credits, one semester) Law 514 & 515 Legal Research and Writing I & II (6 credits, two semesters) Law 504 Property (4 credits, one semester) Law 502 Torts (4 credits, two semesters) A Three Hour Elective as Determined by Law Faculty Designated January Skill Session Course Second & Third Year Required Courses Legal Profession 603 (3) Skills Requirement: You must successfully complete three skills courses. Normally, a student satisfies the requirement with three courses in the required January Skill Session. For each spring semester in residence, you must take a skills course in the required January Skill Session. If you are unable to successfully complete three January Skill Session courses, you must obtain permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to substitute a designated skills course for each January Skill Session course you did not complete. The Registrar will list on each semester schedule those courses designated as skills courses. Writing Requirement: During the second or third year of law study, each student must select and complete one course from a list of writing courses designated each year by the Curriculum Committee. The courses and seminars each require a substantial writing component, involving the application of knowledge and skills gained from several areas of legal study, or in-depth research and analysis of legal issues in a specialized field of law. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (C) or better must be earned in order for a student to be eligible to graduate. To complete the 90-credit-hours requirement for graduation, the student is given a wide choice of elective courses during the second and third years. Recommended Courses: Students planning to take the Mississippi Bar Examination should contact the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions for information regarding areas of law covered by the exam. [-]

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. [-]

JD/MBA Degree Program

The Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University
Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 USA Malibu

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

Juris Doctors in USA 2017.

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 2017 USA Grand Rapids

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 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.... [-]


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. . ... [-]


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 designated as a Seminar course. Complete with a grade of at least C the course in Professional Responsibility. Complete with a grade of at least C the course on Practicing Law in a Global World: Competencies. Complete with a grade of at least C, or a grade of Pass in Pass/Fail courses, 12 credits in Experiential Learning from the upper level curriculum. The student must earn at least 6 of the required 12 credits by practicing law in an in-house legal clinic, an internship, or a semester-in-practice. The student may earn remaining experiential learning credits by enrolling in courses designated as skills or practicum courses. Each student is responsible for fulfilling the above graduation requirements. Students should track their academic record and progress using their assigned faculty advisor, the academic dean, the office of the Law School registrar, and other administrative personnel. HOW TO APPLY Dickinson Law awards both the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. Our reimagined J.D. program merges theory, doctrine, and experiential learning to produce practice-ready lawyers. Our LL.M. program gives students and lawyers trained outside of the U.S. a high-level understanding of the American legal system. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admissions team reviews completed applications on an ongoing basis. Although the Admissions Committee attempts to notify candidates whose files are incomplete, it is ultimately the applicant's responsibility to ensure timely completion of his or her application. LEARNING OUTCOMES The Learning Outcomes set forth here are the Faculty’s description of the aims of a comprehensive legal education for each student. The overarching goal of the faculty is to vest in our students the entire range of concrete lawyering skills necessary to most effectively perform as legal professionals at the local, state, national, transnational, and international levels in the 21st Century. Every course in the Law School’s Curriculum is designed to achieve some but not all of the Learning Outcomes. Categories 1, 2 and 3 address knowledge outcomes, and Categories 4, 5, 6 and 7 address skills outcomes. Category 8 addresses professional values outcomes. I. KNOWLEDGE Category 1 — Substantive rules of law. Each graduating student must have demonstrated knowledge of the basic rules of law and the diversity of law practice as contained in: The first-year curriculum: Civil Procedure, Torts, Criminal Law, Legal Argument and Factual Persuasion, Problem Solving I, Property, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Problem Solving II; Practicing Law in a Global World: Contexts. The upper-division required courses of Professional Responsibility; Problem Solving III; and Practicing Law in a Global World: Competencies. In addition, each graduating student must have at least 12 credit hours of coursework requiring hands –on work of the type performed in law practice, and at least 6 of those credit hours must be earned in a “real” setting as opposed to a simulated setting. Category 2 — Preparation for the bar examination. Each graduating student must take a minimum number of courses covering subjects and skills typically tested on the bar examination. The minimum coursework for bar preparation is the first year curriculum, Problem Solving III and Professional Responsibility. Category 3 — Sources of law and the process of law creation and evolution. Each graduating student must understand: the roles and differing characteristics of sources of law: the common law; legislation, administrative regulations; treaties, and judicial interpretation of legislation, regulations, treaties and constitutions; the processes through which law is made and changed and how those processes differ from one source of law to another; and the different roles that state and federal law play in the process of lawmaking  II. SKILLS Category 4 — Research. Each graduating student must have demonstrated the ability to: Devise and implement a coherent research plan to effectively resolve specific legal issues. Identify and employ the fundamental tools of legal research, whether in print or electronic format. Evaluate different types of resources and assess their appropriate use as reference or authorities. Category 5 — Writing. Each graduating student must have demonstrated the ability to: Write analytically and persuasively; and Draft legal documents such as contracts, legal memoranda, client communications, opinion letters and briefs. Category 6 — Basic legal analysis, fact development and law-finding. Each graduating student must have demonstrated satisfactory or better performance in the following: Extracting rules and policy from cases, statutes, and administrative regulations and analyzing, applying, interpreting and arguing differing interpretations of rules and statutes; Conducting investigation of facts; Identifying legal issues in fact patterns and applying rules and policy to facts; Weighing evidence to reach factual inferences; Constructing arguments and identifying flaws in an argument; Presenting analysis orally; and Using policy to analyze and persuade. Category 7 — Entry level lawyer capabilities. At the level of proficiency required for effectiveness as an entry level lawyer, and in a manner appropriate to a student’s professional goals, each graduating student must have demonstrated satisfactory or better performance in most of the following learning outcomes: strategic legal research and strategic planning regarding research; problem solving in light of a client’s objectives: anticipating consequences and assessing risks; recognizing the most common ethical and professional liability dilemmas and resolving them with high professional standards; recognizing how international and foreign law can affect a client’s rights and knowing how to respond; negotiating in dispute, transactional, or regulatory contexts; communicating with clients and others; interviewing; performing basic trial or other dispute resolution system tasks (including using the rules of evidence); using procedural tools such as motions and discovery; knowing how to read transactional and financial documents, including financial statements; utilizing experts and expert knowledge; working collaboratively; learning from experience through self-critique; managing projects within time and resource limitations; presenting orally outside of litigation; and using technology in legal practice. III. PROFESSIONAL VALUES Category 8 — Professional Identity and Perspectives. Each graduating student will understand: the structure of the legal profession and the role of lawyers in the profession; how to conduct one's self in accordance with standards of professional conduct. For example, knowing how to apply the principles and policies reflected in the law governing lawyers, including a lawyer’s duty of loyalty to clients, fiduciary duties, and obligation of competent representation; the important role that cultural competency serves in a lawyer’s ability to deliver competent legal services to clients; the expectations of employers and others with respect to lawyers’ knowledge, skills, qualities, and behavior; and a lawyer’s commitment to and expanding access to justice to those who lack the resources to hire a lawyer. [-]

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 2017 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 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 Doctors in USA 2017. 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 credits per semester, while part-time students take eleven to twelve credits per semester. MSLAW offers both day and evening programs, and two summer sessions which allows students to accelerate either program. Program Requirements: Massachusetts School of Law at Andover is unique because it does not use or place value on the traditional LSAT test used by other law schools to determine a potential law student’s aptitude to succeed in law school. Instead, MSLAW uses its own personal interview and essay test to make this determination. Specifically, MSLAW utilizes several factors to determine a potential student’s aptitude: Undergraduate and/or graduate grades Employment and life experience Three letters of recommendation A personal interview [-]

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. [+]

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. [-]

J.D. Concentration Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

Students enrolled in the ADR Concentration will receive instruction and training intended to expand their understanding of the role of the lawyer outside of the traditional adversarial litigation setting and expose them to lawyering skills essential to current legal practice. [+]

Juris Doctors in USA 2017. Students enrolled in the ADR Concentration will receive instruction and training intended to expand their understanding of the role of the lawyer outside of the traditional adversarial litigation setting and expose them to lawyering skills essential to current legal practice. Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement Professor Baruch Bush will serve as the faculty concentration advisor for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean. Guidance from a students concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a students 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 semesters course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentrations requirements. A students concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement. Course Requirements Required Core Courses: Students must take the following course: Alternatives to Litigation (3)1 Required Skills Courses: Students must take at least one of the following courses: Legal Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation (3) Collaborative Law Seminar (2) Modern Divorce Advocacy (1) Mediation Principles and Practice (2)2 Securities Arbitration Clinic (6) (if not taken as a culminating experience) Mediation Clinic (6) (if not taken as a culminating experience) Elective Courses: Students must take at least three additional elective courses from the following list. Preferably, students will take at least one course from each of groups 1, 2 and 3 to meet their elective requirement. At the very least, students must choose 2 courses out of groups 1, 2 and 3. These two courses cannot be from the same group. The third required elective can be from any of the 4 groups. Group 1 Advanced Mediation Seminar (2-3) Mediation Principles and Practice (2)3 Group 2 Negotiation Seminar: Theory, Research and Practice (2) Collaborative Family Law Seminar (2) Legal Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation (3) Group 3 International Commercial Arbitration (3) Domestic Commercial Arbitration (2) Group 4 Family Law (with Skills Component) (4) Modern Divorce Advocacy (1) Any other course approved by the students concentration advisor, including an independent study or an ADR related externship. Representing Clients in Mediation (2)4 Methods of Int'l Comm. ADR (2)5 Culminating Experience: Students must take at least one of the following courses: Mediation Clinic (6) Securities Arbitration Clinic (6) Any externship that involves ADR practice and/or policy work. The externship must be certified by the advisor to qualify as a culminating experience. (3-4) 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 ADR subject or subjects, as approved by the students 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. [-]