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An abbreviation for master of comparative JURISPRUDENCE, a degree awarded to foreign lawyers trained in CIVIL LAW countries who have successfully completed a year of full-time study of the Anglo-American legal system.

The M.C.J. degree is ordinarily offered by universities and law schools that have comparative law departments. It is awarded to highly qualified foreign lawyers who intend to return to the legal profession in a foreign country after completion of their studies in the United States.

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