Initially, the lawyers were trained in the United States and imported from England. :438 A formal apprenticeship or internship program was established in New York City in 1730 – at that time a seven-year internship was required, and in 1756 a four-year university degree was required in addition to five years of writing and an examination. : 439 Later, the requirements were reduced to only two years of graduate study. :439 But a system like Inns did not develop, and college education was not necessary in England until the 19th century, so this system was unique. Professional doctorates were awarded in the United States in the 19th century. The first was the Doctor of Medicine in 1807,:162 but at that time the legal system in the United States was still evolving as educational institutions evolved, and the status of the legal profession was not yet clear at the time, so the professional degree took longer to develop. Even when some universities offered legal training, they did not offer degrees. :165 Since there were no court inns in the United States and English degrees did not provide the necessary vocational training, the English models were not applicable and the course took some time to develop. : 164 JD may go after the name of a lawyer, but is generally only used in academic circles. Even if a law degree is a doctorate, lawyers don`t usually address you as a «doctor.» Lawyers usually don`t put Esq. After their name and many lawyers consider it old-fashioned. In the mid-19th century, there were serious concerns about the quality of legal education in the United States. C.C.
Langdell was Dean of Harvard Law School from 1870 to 1895 and devoted his life to reforming law education in the United States. Historian Robert Stevens wrote that «Langdell`s goal was to transform the legal profession into an academic profession—not at the bachelor`s level, but through a three-year post-baccalaureate degree.»  This graduate study would allow for the intensive legal education Langdell had developed, known as the case method (a method of investigating landmark cases) and the Socratic method (a method of examining students on the court`s reasoning in cases under investigation). This is why a high-level degree in law has been proposed: the Juris Doctor, which implements the case and Socratic methods as a didactic approach.  According to Professor J. H. Beale, who graduated from Harvard Law in 1882, one of the main arguments in favour of change was uniformity. Harvard`s four vocational schools—theology, law, medicine, arts, and sciences—were all graduate schools, and so their degrees were second degrees. Two of them obtained a doctorate and the other two obtained a bachelor`s degree. The move from LL.B. to J.D.
was intended to «put an end to this discrimination, the practice of granting the first degree normally to persons who already have their primary diploma».  The J.D. was proposed as the equivalent of the German J.U.D. to reflect the advanced study required to be an effective lawyer. Over time, the training program has not been deemed sufficient to develop lawyers who can meet the needs of their clients. :13 Apprenticeship programs often occupied the trainee with menial duties and, although they were well trained in the day-to-day operations of a law firm, they were generally unprepared legal practitioners or argumentators.  The establishment of formal law schools in American universities did not occur until the second half of the 18th century. :442 With the onset of the American Revolution, the supply of lawyers from Britain came to an end. The first law degree awarded by an American university was a Bachelor of Laws in 1793 from the College of William and Mary, abbreviated as L.B. Harvard was the first university to use the abbreviation LL.B. in the United States.
 Young Women programs cover the basic theories as well as the laws and principles that form the general legal basis for a career in the field. Courses also focus on in-depth legal practices and theories and include high-level writing courses. 4American Bar Association, Employment outcomes as of April 2021 (class of 2020 graduates), online at www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/legal_education_and_admissions_to_the_bar/statistics/class-of-2020-employment-summary-release.pdf (accessed January 2022).arrow_upwardReturn footnote referrer There are more than a few people who earn a doctorate in law and have decided not to take the bar exam or not to take the exam of the Bar. insist. You are not a member of the Law Society and are not authorized to provide legal advice. In the Philippines, the J.D. exists alongside the LL.B. more common.
As a standard LL.B. it requires four years of study; is considered a university degree and requires prior undergraduate studies as a prerequisite for admission and covers the core subjects required for bar examinations. The J.D. requires students to complete the core bar subjects in as little as 2 1/2 years; take electives (e.g., legal theory, philosophy, and sometimes even theology); take an apprenticeship; and write and defend a thesis.   The Doctor of Laws (JD) degree is offered at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and the Singapore University of Management (SMU) and is considered a qualifying law degree for admission to the Singapore Bar.  A graduate of these programs is a «qualified person» under Singapore`s law governing access to the legal profession and may be admitted to the Singapore Bar.  The nature of the J.D. can be better understood by examining the context of the history of legal education in England.