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Juris Doctor Degree Programs

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is the first professional degree in law.

With a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, you can practice law as an attorney (ie a lawyer). Attorneys help make our legal system work. As an attorney, you might represent clients in the civil and criminal courtroom, or you might advise clients on how the law affects them in a given situation, and what legal steps the clients need to take.

Juris Doctor Degree Programs

There are several forms of law degree, including the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, and the Executive JD degree.

If you want to practice law, enroll in a JD program. A JD program usually involves three years of full-time study, or four years of part-time study. During that time you will study required subjects such as contracts, constitutional law, torts and civil procedure, and you may take elective courses like tax or corporate law. While earning your degree you may be able to work as an intern for a judge or private firm. Once you have completed the program and passed the bar exam for your state, you will be eligible to practice law.

If you are interested in law, but don't want to practice it, consider enrolling in an Executive JD program. You'll receive a rigorous grounding in the law that will advance you in your current career path. For example, if you are a professional such as a physician or nurse, a Health Law Track would further your health care career.

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