Juris Doctor

noun
Ju·ris Doctor | \ˈju̇r-əs- \

Definition of Juris Doctor 

: a degree conferred by a law school usually after three years of full-time study

First Known Use of Juris Doctor

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Juris Doctor

Latin, doctor of law

New Latin, doctor of law

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juris doctor

noun, often capitalized J&D
ju·ris doc·tor | \ˈju̇r-əs-ˌdäk-tər\

Legal Definition of juris doctor 

: the lowest degree conferred by a law school usually after three years of full-time study or its equivalent — compare master of laws, doctor of laws, doctor of the science of law

Note: The juris doctor replaced the bachelor of laws as the first degree conferred by a law school in 1969. Not all states mention the J.D. or LL.B. specifically as a requirement for admission to the bar, but all states do require graduation from a law school.

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