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.!