Law is a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior. Law as a system helps regulate and ensure that a community show respect, and equality amongst themselves.
This three-letter word comes into contact with almost every area of daily life, touching upon issues relating to business, economics, politics, the environment, human rights, international relations and trade.
Types of law degrees
- Bachelor of Laws
The Bachelor of Laws (Latin: Legum Baccalaureus; LL.B. or B.L.) is an undergraduate degree in law (or a first professional degree in law, depending on jurisdiction) originating in England and offered in Japan and most common law jurisdictions—except the United States and Canada—as the degree which allows a person to become a lawyer.
- Juris Doctor Degree
Students who want to practice law in the United States enroll in a Juris Doctor degree program. This degree can be earned after three years of full-time study.
However, many J.D. programs are often combined with other master’s degree programs in a specific facet of law, business or public policy and these programs take longer than three years to complete.
The Juris Doctor degree (J.D. or JD), also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D., JD, D.Jur. or DJur), is a graduate-entry professional degree in law and one of several Doctor of Law degrees.
- Master of Laws – LLM
The LL.M. (Master of Laws) is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree. It is usually obtained by completing a one-year full-time program.
Law students and professionals frequently pursue the LL.M. to gain expertise in a specialized field of law, for example in the area of tax law or international law.
Many law firms prefer job candidates with an LL.M. degree because it indicates that a lawyer has acquired advanced, specialized legal training, and is qualified to work in a multinational legal environment.
- Doctor of Juridical Science or Doctor of Laws
The Doctor of Juridical Science is the highest law degree in the United States and is comparable to the Doctor of Philosophy for most other disciplines.
The Doctor of Juridical Science program is research intensive and students are expected to know their research interests before beginning the application process.
Three Main Law Degrees
- The first law degree is the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and qualifies graduates to practice law in the U.S.
- The second advanced law degree is the Master of Laws (LL.M.), and the third degree is the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.).
- The S.J.D. is an uncommon law degree only offered by a handful of law schools.