Juris Doctor (JD)

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Paul Tracy
Updated July 21, 2021

What is a Juris Doctor (JD)?

A Juris Doctor (JD) is a law degree. The term first came into use in 1969.

How Does a Juris Doctor (JD) Work?

It usually takes three years of law school to obtain a JD. The designation is often a requirement for taking the bar exam to become a licensed attorney.

Why Does a Juris Doctor (JD) Matter?

Having a JD means you've attended law school, which is an important course of study if you plan to practice law in any capacity. The course of study typically covers tort law, contract law, civil procedure and criminal law.

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