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KU Law has been preparing students to be outstanding members of the legal profession since 1878. Students learn the foundations of the law, then gain hands-on experience.

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Juris Doctor

Students in the J.D. program learn the foundations of the law in the classroom, then gain hands-on experience through clinics, field placements and skills simulations. KU Law offers more than 100 upper-level courses, eight certificate programs, more than a dozen areas of study and 12 joint degree programs.

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LL.M. in American Legal Studies

The LL.M. in American Legal Studies provides students who already hold a law degree with an introduction to the breadth of American law. Students who complete the LL.M. are ready for further study of law in the United States, select bar examinations and the practice of law internationally.

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Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

KU is one of the few law schools in the U.S. to offer a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree. The S.J.D. program is designed for students interested in deep legal research and writing, and a career as a legal scholar or a senior public official.

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Two-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

The Two-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is for overseas students who already hold a foreign law degree and are prepared to complete a J.D. on an accelerated timetable. The program prepares attorneys who can compete in a global economy with full credentials in the U.S.

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