What’s the Difference Between J.D. and Esq.? – Law and Daily Life

By Brett Snider, Esq.

When you’re looking for an attorney, you may be confronted by a confusing slew of letters after someone’s name, including “J.D.” and “Esq.”

While those abbreviations are both associated with legal professionals, their meanings aren’t exactly the same.

The difference between J.D. and Esq., as commonly used in the United States, is the ability to practice law.

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