Students of law can study three main degrees. To obtain a degree in law, there are various entry requirements, depending upon the school. One requirement is to have completed A levels (equivalent to secondary school in the United States).
The Juris Doctor (J. D.), or formerly the Bachelor of Laws (LL. B.) degree, is the main professional law degree. This is the general degree required to practice law in the United States and some other countries. Usually, it takes three years to complete this law degree. Once this program of study is finished, law candidates must pass the professional bar exam. After passing the bar exam, the student may then practice as a lawyer or attorney. A lawyer with this degree can practice in any area of interest including family law, criminal law, or corporate law.
Master of Laws
The Master of Laws (LL. M.) degree is an advanced graduate degree that follows the Juris Doctor degree. A lawyer wishing to obtain a Master of Laws degree can do so to gain more expertise in a particular area of law. Some specialties available in Master of Laws programs include criminal law, international law, and tax law. This degree takes approximately one year to complete as full-time study.
Doctor of Juridical Science
The Doctor of Juridical Science (S. J. D.) or Doctor of Philosophy in Law is the highest degree in law. This degree is suitable for aspiring academics of law. A Doctor of Juridical Science is required to become a law professor, or to pursue a career in legal research. Those holding this degree make scholarly contributions to the field of law. A Doctor of Juridical Science degree takes two to six years to complete, depending on the educational background of the student.
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