Overview of Other than J.D. Programs

Standard 313 of the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools states that an ABA-approved law school may not establish a degree program other than its J.D. degree program unless the school is fully approved, and the additional degree program will not detract from a law school’s ability to maintain a sound J.D. degree program. The school must obtain acquiescence prior to commencing such a program.  The ABA does not formally approve any program other than the first degree in law (J.D.).