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July 12, 2012


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Jeffrey Harrison

I think your paragraph on the three virtues covers it. It is ultimately about institutional authority and references. I would add that if I am comparing candidates from a program designed to allow them to write in order to present a more attractive resume as opposed to someone slaving away in a law firm who manages to squeeze out an article, I would select the latter. My own far less benign analysis is here

Michelle Meyer

Christopher Zorn has a post over at ELS Blog here:

Margaret Ryznar

I think there are benefits to having a bit more diversity on one's resumes than this would provide.


As an aspiring law prof, I'm glad to read others' reactions to the Yale law Ph.D news. It's a departure from the world of VAPs, fellowships, etc. - and one that I'm sincerely trying to understand and learn more about.

As an initial reaction, I wonder how the program compares with VAPs and the Bigelow as far as providing a collegial footing with tenure-track law professors (in terms of teaching, publishing, and overall engagement with the academic life of the institution) as compared to the more student-oriented mindset - a perhaps important question for those entering the academy and presenting themselves as one who can move smoothly into that world with a short ramp-up time. This may be something that will become clearer as details about the program are revealed.

It is also interesting to consider the impact on traditional hiring mindsets when, from what I understand, a primary concern is delving into the publishing/scholarship realm. Will there be a positive/negative response to a candidate who spent time working on methodology and examinations? It may be that there is room for a shift in expectations as the program becomes more established. It may also be that institutions ask more questions as to how the candidate spent that time and the value that he or she believes it added. I don't have the answers - and can't speculate - but I am very curious to learn more about the Yale degree over the coming months to see how it impacts me and other young scholars in my position.

 growth hormone

Your articles are more than wow!

Thom Brooks

It is worth noting that PhD programmes in Law is already firmly established at British universities.

Eric Muller

I agree with growth hormone!

Bill Turnier

I wonder if Med Schools will soon put out a PhD in med. I understand that many MDs do get a PhD in a closely related field such as microbiology but I have yet to learn of a PhD in med. Somehow I rather doubt it will ever happen.

Michael Lewyn

Doesn't Yale already have an LLM program focused on teacher training? And if so, does the PhD program have any real purpose other than creating a credentials arms race?

Bill Cusack

Yale's Ph.D. in Law is only open for those holding a J.D. from an American law school. Other than that, however, I find it difficult to see any substantial differences between the Ph.D. and the J.S.D. Am I missing something?

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