Master’s Degrees

A person with a Bachelor’s degree in any of the law career fields may continue on to a Master’s degree. It is a must for people wanting to be lawyers. Law school leads to the Juris Doctor degree—equivalent to the Master’s degree. The time required is about three years beyond the Bachelor’s degree level. Law school courses are:

  • Civil rights
  • Administrative law
  • Criminal law
  • Copyright law
  • Environmental law
  • Sports law
  • Trusts and estates
  • Employment law
  • International public law
  • Family law
  • Tax law
  • Torts
  • The law and ethics

After finishing law school, a person must pass the bar exam of the state where he/she wishes to practice.

Another possible degree is the Master of Laws degree (LL. M.) This degree is often undertaken after a person has received the J.D. degree. Some schools have a Bachelor’s degree of Legal Studies as a prerequisite. It is possible to work on a dual degree track of both J.D. and LL.M. Most degrees can be earned in two years, although a combined one may take longer. Some classes in an LL.M. program will be more specialized, but in general, coursework will include

  • Administrative law
  • Constitutional law
  • Family law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Criminal law
  • International business
  • Contract law
  • Juvenile justice
  • Estate planning
  • Corporate tax problems
  • Local and state taxation
  • White collar crime
  • Bankruptcy

Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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