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US Law Schools

Getting into law school is the first step to becoming a lawyer. A law degree can also serve as a good foundation for other careers that require critical thinking.

In the United States, a law school is an institution where students obtain a professional education in law after first obtaining an undergraduate degree. Law schools in the U.S. issue the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.), which is a professional doctorate. 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. Most law schools are colleges, schools, or other units within a a university. A total of 200 institutions are ABA-approved. 199 of the ABA approved institutions confer the first degree in law (the J.D. degree).