Juris Doctor

The J.D. degree is the basic law degree. With a J.D. (and after passing a state Bar exam), you can be a lawyer, whether that involves practicing law, or working in business, or politics, or public service, or whatever you want.

The Law School's required courses, like Torts, Contracts, Property, and others, give you a solid foundation in law and the legal system. After that, the elective curriculum will let you build on that foundation by selecting courses from a wide range of legal specializations. 

Students may choose to take courses in one of three academic concentrations. Concentrations indicate focused coursework and experiential learning or independent research in a particular area of study beyond the required curriculum. Students who successfully complete the concentration will receive a notation on their Law School transcripts. Additional information and requirements are available in the Law School’s Policy on Academic Concentrations.