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Which Degree is Right for You?

J.D.

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.

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

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LL.M.

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. Foreign-trained lawyers who intend to sit for a bar exam often seek an LL.M. as a credential.

  • Two semesters full-time
  • 24 credit hours
  • Begin in fall or spring
  • Part-time option

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M.Jur.

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.

  • Two semesters full-time
  • 30 credit hours
  • Begin in fall or spring
  • Part-time option
  • Online option

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Applying to St. Mary’s School of Law

View all law programs to compare the J.D., LL.M., M.Jur. and Certificate programs and decide which best meets your professional goals.

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