What Types of Law Degree Programs Are Available Online?

Find out about options for obtaining a law degree online and some schools that offer them. Get curriculum details and information about program requirements to make an informed decision. Schools offering Juris Doctor degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Program Overview

Accredited online law schools offer graduate degrees through distance education and Web-based classes. Continue reading to learn more about law degree programs leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.) that are available online.

Important Facts About This Field of Study

Common CoursesContracts, Torts, Will & Trusts, Criminal Procedure
Degree/Certificate LevelsJuris Doctor, Masters of Law
Possible CareersArbitrator, mediator, judge, postsecondary teacher
Continuing EducationState and Federal licensing and continuing legal education required

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a degree earned either from a traditional or online law program. The J.D. is for individuals interested in practicing general law. Students in an online J.D. degree program learn how to analyze legal problems, develop legal strategies to use in court cases, research cases and regulatory laws, execute legal responsibilities for their clients and represent their client in court.

An online J.D. program can be completed over the course of four years. The curriculum includes core bar courses, such as criminal justice, legal writing, government processes, civil procedures and property. Assignments and exams are transmitted and completed electronically. Schools that offer online Juris Doctor degree programs include:

  • Taft Law School
  • California School of Law
  • Northwestern California University School of Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

A Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) is a postgraduate degree that is recognized internationally. The LL.M. is usually a specialized degree that focuses on a specific field of law, like taxation or or international business and economic law. In most cases, you'll need a J.D. in order to enroll, though some schools offer dual J.D./LL.M. programs. The standalone LL.M. program can be completed in about two to three years, and assignments and exams are completed online.

A Cautionary Note about Online Law Degree Programs

Graduates with a J.D. are eligible to practice law in the U.S. once they are admitted to a state bar. However, most states aside from California do not accept online J.D. degree programs as qualifications for taking the bar exam to become a lawyer, even if the program is accredited, which explains why there are not very many online J.D. programs. Be sure to research the bar exam and licensing requirements for lawyers in your state.

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