JD/PhD in six years

<p>I know that Duke and Northwestern offer a combined JD/Phd program in a six year time frame; I am not for sure about other schools. I was wondering, how competitive would it be for this program. If one were to attain a JD with a PhD in History, could they conceivably be a law school professor? I just do not know exactly what jobs are entailed with that combined degree. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! :)</p>

<p>Law professors are generally people who went to a top law school, and did exceptionally well there. I'm not sure that having a Ph.D. in history would add much to your employment prospects as a law professor. </p>

<p>I did have a professor in law school who had a Ph.D., but had not studied law. (He was a social scientist of some sort, and a specialist on the growth of administrative law as a "fourth branch" of government.) I suppose it really depends on what sort of expertise the law school is looking for at the time it makes the hire.</p>

<p>I had a professor of political science in college who earned a law degree from a lesser known school before getting a Ph.D. in political science.</p>

<p>Yes and no...</p>

<p>USUALLY to get a job as a prof, you have to go to a law school ranked in the top 6--I do know a few from Michigan and one who went to Fordham. It helps to make law review and if you aren't coming from YHS, it's essential. Even at YHS, you have to be a top student. </p>

<p>If you accomplish that, and have a Ph.D.--though it is virtually impossible to get one and a JD in six years, no matter what schools tell you--it will make you competitive for a teaching position with a specialty in legal history. </p>

<p>Getting the Ph.D. in history and a JD and placing in the middle of your class will not get you a job teaching in a law school. It might help you get a job teaching in arts& sciences and make you more competitive for that. </p>

<p>Remember too that MOST US schools require that you reach a certain level of competence in at least two foreign languages to get a Ph.D. For many people, this is a stumbling block. And, not all Ph.D. programs will accept all languages. </p>

<p>My kid has friends who have circumvented this by going to Oxbridge for D.Phil.s. They don't have the same language requirements--at least in the fields my kid's friends studied in, but they weren't history.</p>

<p>You do NOT need to have gone to a top 6 law school in order to be a professor. However, you better have had some great experience and be in a more esoteric discipline that are "in-demand" if you didn't go to a top named law school. Esoteric disciplines that are in-demand might be something like taxation, intellectual property, etc. Moreover, whatever law school you attended, you should absolutely have made law review and/or Order of the Coif etc. When you graduate from law school, you should also publish articles and speak at conventions. Having this type of background does improve your chances of getting hired.</p>

<p>Not entirely relevant but I had a poli sci professor with a phd in poli sci from princeton and a jd from stanford. He did the phd first.</p>

<p>Curious: Do you JD/PhD programs pay for your law degree and give you a stipend like MD/PhD programs or is it completely different?</p>

<p>I also wonder if there's any place offering JD/PhD in Engineering? or Mathematics?</p>

<p>Harvard has a very nice funding option for JD/PhD candidats:
[url=<a href="http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees/special-programs/jd-phd/jd/phd-funding.html%5DHarvard"&gt;http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees/special-programs/jd-phd/jd/phd-funding.html]Harvard&lt;/a> Coordinated JD/PhD Accelerated Loan Forgiveness Program<a href="not%20sure%20if%20it%20is%20offered%20to%20all%20of%20them%20or%20not">/url</a></p>

<p>At other schools PhD will usually be funded, and JD will have some loan-forgiveness options, but the interest on the loan from the moment you are done with JD till you are finished with PhD keeps growing, and is not covered by the loan-forgiveness...</p>

<p>I can't imagine how JD/PhD can be done in 6 years.</p>