Queen's law alumni in uproar over LLB vs JD debate

November 17, 2007

A professor at Queen's University has sparked controversy by suggesting the university introduce a JD degree, "Juris Doctor," for its law students. In the 1960s, US colleges introduced the JD for law students who had previously earned an undergraduate degree, while Canadian students earn an LLB regardless. British students also earn an LLB, but are able to do so without first pursuing an undergrad. Although possessing equivalent education, US JD graduates often earn higher salaries than Canadian LLBs. Queen's alumni protest what they perceive as "Americanization."