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As of February 2017, 204 ABA-approved law schools offered the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in the United States; three of these schools were provisionally approved. In addition to the J.D. degree, some law schools offer other types of degrees for people who want to learn about law but who do not wish to practice law. These degrees include:

  • • The master's degree (LL.M.) usually involves a 1-year program combining coursework and research beyond the J.D.
  • • The Doctorate of Juridicial Sciences (S.J.D.) is a graduate academic research degree that involves substantial advanced academic publishable work
  • • The Master's in Comparative Law (M.C.L.) involves advanced work for foreign-educated lawyers.

Beyond these degrees, some law schools also offer joint degrees in conjunction with another college or school, usually within the university housing a particular law school. One example includes a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration degree. Some popular joint degree programs combine law and medicine, law and psychology, law and health administration, and law and international relations. Joint degrees give students career management flexibility, and students with joint degrees often hope and expect to be more competitive in the legal job market. Many law schools also encourage students to take advantage of study-abroad opportunities and internship programs in other countries and to learn a foreign language.

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