The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a professional degree and the first degree required to practice law in the United States. At Temple, students can earn a J.D. in three years in the full-time division or in four years in the evening and part-time divisions.

Temple’s J.D. program delivers the knowledge, skills, experience, and professionalism necessary to excel at the practice of law. Litigation Basics and Introduction to Transactional Skills courses get students on their feet within a few weeks of the start of law school, while our highly regarded Legal Research and Writing program helps them develop the strong practice skills for which Temple graduates are well-known. Diverse doctrinal, experiential, and integrated courses, all led by accomplished faculty, ensure that every Temple student has access to a world-class legal education, no matter what his or her area of interest.