Definition of JD

1a [New Latin juris doctor] doctor of jurisprudence; doctor of law
b [New Latin jurum doctor] doctor of laws
2 justice department
3 juvenile delinquent

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18 Feb 2020

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“JD.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/JD. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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What It Is

A Juris Doctor (JD) is a law degree. According to Merriam-Webster, the term first came into use in 1969.

How It Works

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 It Matters

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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1 justice department
2 juvenile delinquent

Legal Definition of J.D. (Entry 2 of 2)

juris doctor

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