First Professional Degree Program Law and Legal Definition

First professional degrees are academic degrees that are earned on the basis of the development of practical skills related to a particular profession. First professional degree is an academic degree that prepares the holder for a particular profession by emphasizing competency skills along with theory and analysis. Normally, these professions are licensed or regulated by a governmental or government-approved body. A first professional degree is required by law or custom to practice the profession without limitation. In the U.S., many professional degrees are combined with graduate degrees and some students conduct professional studies after graduate studies.