Dr. vs Esquire

Lawyer. Juris Doctorate. Esquire. Attorney. Counselor. 

Is there a difference? Yep. A BIG one. 

Once I get my diploma in my hands the only thing you can call me is a JD or Juris Doctor or Doctor of Law or if you’re feeling quirky Dr. Nolden JD. 

Only after I take AND PASS the BAR (please knock on wood three times) and get sworn in can you call me a lawyer, esquire, an attorney, or a counselor. Those designations let the world know that I am permitted to practice law in at least one state. 

A JD is the equivalent of an MD, not in the way that I can open you up and preform surgery or tell you what prescription to take for strep throat, jk I know what medication to take since I’ve had strep tons of times even after my tonsils were taken out, but it’s the same level of degree. These are not a PHD. A PHD is a terminal degree, the last degree you can receive in an area of study. 

So for right now I’m just Katherine Nolden but soon I’ll be Katherine Nolden J.D.! 

I’m doing a celebration dance right now


  • http://www.iris-hanlin.com/ Country Girl’s Daybook

    You look so classy in that suit. 😉 I just knocked on wood for you, and the dogs went crazy. lol. Best of luck on the Bar – I’ll be praying for your success!

  • http://www.chemgradboom.com/ Caitlyn @ ChemGradBoom

    Good luck taking the Bar! And I agree I that photo of you is awesome!

  • Rachel Murphree

    Congrats! I like calling my female lawyer friends “Esquire,” because it sounds so gentleman-ly and silly, but it’s the correct title! :)

    -Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  • Abbie Brown

    Hey! Looks like we are law school neighbors – I’m graduating from Wesleyan (A&M) Law School next week. And still have one final that I must get over the apathy and actually study. Anyway, good to see that we are all having these same thoughts about the bar (shudder) and graduation (yippee!).