Is Juris Doctor a lawyer? What makes it different from the Bachelor of Laws degree?

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Substantially, both degrees are not unlike the other and both degrees allow the holder to take the Bar Examinations and practice law.

The Juris Doctor degree, however, sometimes requires the student to prepare and defend a thesis. An apprenticeship is also required.

On December 1, 2018, to avoid confusion between the two programs, the Legal Education Board issued a memorandum discontinuing the use of the term ‘Bachelor of Laws’ and instead adopted the ‘Juris Doctor’ nomenclature as the universal law degree.

It should be noted, however, that Juris Doctor degrees are not equivalent to doctorate degrees.

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