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Legal Education

Legal Education

Education law is the education of persons who propose to become legal professionals or those who basically intend to use their law degree to some end.

Nowadays, in practically all states, conclusion of a degree program at an accredited law school is necessary for admission to practice as a lawyer. It generally takes three years of full time work to obtain a law degree. Different the case in nearly all other countries of the world this required degree program must follow a basic four year college or university degree. Most states do not accept bar applications from graduates of law schools not on that list.

The law school students usually are required to take wide introductory topics. These may include contracts, criminal law, civil procedure, possessions, and constitutional law.

The second and third years of law school allow a student to concentrate on particular areas of the law such as business, litigation, international, or family law. In addition, the second and third years often offer the student with the opportunity to get some legal experience through legal aid clinics and internships.

Law students usually participate in extra-curricular activities that proportion them with extra useful experience.

In addition to the qualifications necessary to become a practicing lawyer, legal education also include higher degrees such as doctorates, for more superior academic study.

In many countries other than the United States, law is an undergraduate degree. Graduates of such a program are qualified to become lawyers by transitory the country's corresponding of a bar exam. In such countries, graduate programs in law permit students to ship on academic careers or become specialized in a particular area of law.

American law schools are usually an autonomous entity inside a big university. The undergraduate degree can be in any field, though most American lawyers choose bachelor's degrees in the humanities and social sciences; legal studies as an undergraduate study is offered at a few institutions.

In some countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada and some states of Australia, the final stages of career legal education required to qualify to practice law are carried out outside the university system.

Academic degrees

Legal education is usually received during a law school program. The professional degree confer by U.S. law schools is the Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.). Some American lawyers receive their education, not through a law school, but by reading the law, a hard form of apprenticeship or study with a specialist.

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a professional doctorate. The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), and Doctor of Comparative Law (D.C.L.), is research and academic-based doctorate level degrees, comparable to Ph.D. degrees.

Academic degrees for non-lawyers are accessible at the baccalaureate and master's level. A common baccalaureate level degree is a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies (B.S.). Academic master's degrees in legal studies are offered, such as the Master of Studies (M.S.), and the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.).

Foreign lawyers seeking to practice in the U.S., who do not have a Juris Doctor (J.D.), often seek to obtain a Juris Master (J.M.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.), or a Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.).


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