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T. Durden

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is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« on: February 24, 2006, 10:08:55 AM »
i'm guessing its a masters though i could be wrong

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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006, 10:12:16 AM »
Its a Doctorate: Jurisdoctor= Doctor of Laws

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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2006, 04:55:59 PM »
A doctorate if you have to classify it; more accurately, though, it is a professional degree

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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2006, 05:40:19 PM »
It's a Juris Doctor, therefore, if a Juris gets sick, you can tell him to take two aspirin and get rest.

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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2006, 05:45:50 PM »
According to the ABA, it is the same as a Ph.D.

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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2006, 05:57:56 PM »
but you go on and become a Master of Laws and a Doctor of Laws (LLM & LLD) sometimes also referred to as Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D. or S.J.D. or D.J.S.)

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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2006, 07:22:59 PM »
According to the ABA, it is the same as a Ph.D.


Where do they say this?  Its flat out false.  A Ph.D. requires a dissertation, which, as we all know does not happen in law school.  They are two worlds apart.  There is a reason lawyers aren't called "doctor."
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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2006, 07:50:04 PM »
a JD is simply a different type of degree, consisting of the requirement of 2 or 4 years of undergrad (depending upon the state requirements) and the 3 year (or 4 yr part time or whatever length of time required by the particular school) for the JD degree. Some say it is an undergrad degree, others say it is a graduate degree.

A Masters degree is traditionally considered as a 5 year degree, 4 years of undergrad and 1 year of graduate school. However, I notice that some online schools offer a two year master's degree without the undergrad requirements.

A PhD is generally considered as the next step up from the Masters, and to my knowledge, is the highest degree attainable at this time. It is the actual Doctorate's degree, whereas the Juris Doctor (Doctor of Jurisprudence) is not an actual Doctorate.

The Master of Laws, LLM, and LLD, Doctor of Laws (which is generally a foreign degree) and the JSD, the actual Doctorates, can be acquired only after the JD. However, some of the law schools now offer identical Masters of Law degrees available without the JD.
 

The LLB, Bachelor of Laws, is now generally a foreign degree, however there are a very few US Law schools which still offer the program. Interestingly, some of the SC Justices of recent years had only LLBs.
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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2006, 08:06:13 PM »
this is entirely too confusing

i'm just going to say that it is a master's degree because describing this degree as a doctorate strikes me as semi-ridiculous given what goes into obtaining a Ph.D / MD

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Re: is a JD a masters or a doctorate degree?
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2006, 08:56:13 PM »
I think the JD is basically in a class by itself (or as we might say in legal parlance, sui generis).  It's a professional degree, and so you really can't fairly compare it to other kinds of graduate degrees for other fields.
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