How Long Does It Take to Complete Law School?


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It takes between seven and 10 years to complete law school. The exact amount of time required depends on the type of law degree a person wishes to obtain.

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Most law schools require students to earn bachelor's degrees prior to enrollment. Obtaining a bachelor's degree is generally a four-year process, and then students can begin earning J.D. (Juris Doctor) law degrees. Earning a J.D. degree usually takes three years, but students must pass state bar exams in addition to all J.D. coursework before they can practice law. Master's-level degrees require a further year of classes, and doctorate degree candidates must undertake a further year of courses beyond that as well as write dissertations.

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