Law school in the United States
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|Legal education in the United States|
|Exams and licensure|
Law schools in the U.S. confer the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.), which is a professional doctorate, and is the degree usually required to practice law in the United States, and the final degree obtained by most practitioners in the field. Law schools' Juris Doctor programs are usually three-year programs if done full-time or four-year programs if done via evening classes. Some U.S. law schools include an Accelerated JD program.
Other degrees that are awarded include the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and the Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D. or S.J.D.) degrees, which can be more international in scope. Most law schools are colleges, schools, or other units within a larger post-secondary institution, such as a university. Legal education is very different in the United States from that in many other parts of the world.