Juris Doctor

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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

Origin and Etymology of juris doctor

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.

Origin and Etymology of juris doctor

New Latin, doctor of law


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