McGeorge School of Law

JD Defined

JD (Juris Doctor) Defined

The Juris Doctor degree is the first, professional law degree offered by law schools in the United States. Successful completion of the JD degree allows a graduate to sit for a state's bar exam, leading to a license to practice law. The JD law program is graduate level studies; an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree, most often completed in four years, is required for entry into a JD program. No specific undergraduate major or subject area concentration is required. The JD degree is typically awarded by a U.S. law school after successful completion of three years of study (a part-time option, extending study over a four-year period, is available at some law schools).