Harvard Law School offers three degree programs:
The J.D. (Juris Doctor) is a three-year program that first gives students the intellectual foundations for legal study, and then gives them the opportunity to focus their studies on areas of particular interest through advanced classes, clinics, and writing projects.
The one-year LL.M. (Master of Laws) program provides students who already have excellent legal training and experience – many have served as practicing lawyers, judges, diplomats, community leaders, most outside the U.S. – with broad latitude to design a course of study that will give them an expanded understanding of law and legal theory.
The S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) is still a more advanced degree, intended for students who wish to pursue a career in legal education. Graduates of the S.J.D. program are teaching in the world’s finest law schools and producing scholarship at the highest levels.
We also offer these special programs that enrich or build on the J.D.:
Joint Degree Programs. For law students interested in pursuing expertise in another field, the Law School offers the following joint degree programs: JD/MBA with Harvard Business School; JD/MPP or MPA-ID with Harvard Kennedy School; JD/MPH with Harvard School of Public Health; JD/MUP with the Graduate School of Design; JD/PhD with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and JD/LLM with Cambridge University in the U.K.
Semester Abroad. Harvard Law School students have the opportunity to study abroad through numerous exchange programs with law schools in other countries or at other top-flight foreign law schools of their choosing and receive credit toward the J.D.