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LEGAL EDUCATION IN THE US There is no undergraduate law degree in the United States thus students cannot expect to study law without first completing an undergraduate degree Basic admissions requirements for American law schools are a Bachelors degree in any field and the Law School Admissions Test LSAT The American law degree is called the Juris Doctor JD and usually requires three years of study The JD program involves courses in American common and statute law as well as international and business law Overseas students who are considering an American JD should note that this program focuses on preparation for US legal practice Undergraduate Preparation for Law School No particular subject or major field of study is required at the undergraduate level Law schools are concerned that applicants have taken courses which develop communication and analytical skills and that they have exposed themselves to a variety of disciplines The Prelaw Handbook Association of American Law Schools suggests students study some or most of the following fields but stresses that well-developed academic ability is preferable to intense specialization in any one field economics social sciences sociology psychology anthropology political science computers accounting and the sciences Most pre-law students earn their undergraduate degrees in one of the social sciences rounding out their general preparation with courses from other disciplines All these subjects may be studied at virtually any university Law schools in the US do not require that students complete their Bachelors degree in America but because of fierce competition for places in law schools few students are accepted from overseas universities At the beginning of the final year of undergraduate study JD applicants should take the LSAT No knowledge of law is needed to do well on this exam it is a standardized test of academic aptitude in the areas of reading comprehension and analytical and logical reasoning Legal Education Students thinking of law study soon discover that the programs of most law schools have
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