Bachelor of Laws

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Bachelor of Laws (abbreviated as LL.B., LLB, or rarely Ll.B.) is an undergraduate law degree. In most common law countries (with the exceptions of all Canadian provinces except Quebec, and the U.S.), the LL.B. program is generally entered directly after completing secondary school. The LL.B. was also historically the primary law degree in the U.S., but was phased out in favor of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in the 1960s.

"LL.B." stands for Legum Baccalaureus in Latin, and the "LL." in the degree abbreviation comes from the genitive plural legum ("of the law").

See also: Mitchell v. Board of Bar Examiners, 892 N.E.2d 7 (Mass. 2008).

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