Juris Doctor

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noun Ju·ris Doctor \ˈju̇r-əs-\

Definition of Juris Doctor

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1969


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juris doctor

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

Legal Definition of juris doctor

  1. :  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

Additional Notes on juris doctor

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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