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DEFINITION of 'Juris Doctor - JD'

A law degree in the United States that was originally designed as a replacement to the Bachelor of Laws degree. A Juris Doctor or Juris Doctorate (JD) represents professional recognition that the holder has a doctoral degree in law. Due to the length of study that most lawyers in the U.S. have to take to attain a law degree, the name change reflected its status as a professional degree.

BREAKING DOWN 'Juris Doctor - JD'

The Juris Doctor is sometimes a prerequisite for other financial programs and designations. In addition, some schools offer a Juris Doctor and MBA joint degree to permit students to complete both degrees in less time than taking each degree separately.

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