20 Jun 3 Levels of Law Degrees and Other Types of Law Courses
In the USA there are three levels of law degrees. The first is a degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) or what has been referred to as a Bachelor of Law, the second is the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and the third is a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.). The law degrees each have law course perquisites that need to be completed before the student is qualified to take the bar exam. The first advantage of having a degree in law is financial. Statistics show lawyer’s compensation starting at approximately $100,000 with annual incomes increasing with experience and specialty areas of expertise.
Certificate in Legal Practice or CLP allows the holder of this certificate to work in a legal environment. Typically, this individual has a supportive role within the legal profession and is required to understand legal terminologies, communicate and interact with legal offices for law enforcement, courts or security firms. Advanced level is referred to as an A Level, signifying the completion of studies based on established standards by an assessment board for the particular area of study. In this case, A Levels have studied for two years at a law college to meet the requirements for university academic course.
Obtaining a Degree in Law requires the student to have completed a Bachelor’s program prior to enrolling into a law college. The J.D. degree requires the student to complete three years of full time study. In some cases, it may take longer than three years to complete this first level law degree. College curriculums include aspects of law, business and public policy, preparing the student to qualify for the bar exam before obtaining a license to practice law. During the first year of study, criminal, international and civil law procedures are learned, evaluated and examined. As students enter the second year, they begin to focus on specific law interest such as taxation or corporate law applications.
The next level of law study is the LL.M. degree, which requires completion of the J.D. degree. This program is generally taken by International lawyers, who would like to practice America law. The LL.M degree is considered to be a graduate program, where students concentrate on specialized areas of law; such as human rights, environmental or technology. The LL.M. degree consists of one year of study and is a requirement if the student is preparing for the highest level of law degree; the S.J.D. The S.J.D. is another three year study program on a full time basis, established for students to work in the field of academics as law professors. The attending law student must complete this final level of study, which is research intensive as preparation for becoming an active member of the academic profession. The majority of the student’s time is spent developing, collaborating and assessing thesis applications for subjects pertaining to law. Depending on the selection of colleges, the student may be required to submit a thesis proposal as part of the enrolment application process.