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Which Degree is Right for You?


The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) is typically the degree people think of when they are talking about a law degree. This degree is required for licensure in most jurisdictions in the United States, and it is the core work of every school accredited by the American Bar Association.

  • 3 years full-time
  • Part-time evening option
  • Begin in fall


The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is a degree available to lawyers. Those who already have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school can specialize in a particular area of the law through the LL.M. Foreign trained lawyers often seek an LL.M. as a credential that will allow them to practice law in the United States.

  • 2 semesters full-time
  • 24 credit hours
  • Begin in fall or spring


The Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur.) is a degree for non-lawyers who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of legal concepts to enhance their professional lives where they intersect with the law. It is not a prerequisite to the J.D. or a means to gain admission to a J.D. program.

  • 2 semesters full-time
  • 30 credit hours
  • Begin in fall or spring
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