Yale Law School’s New “Ph.D. in Law”

Yale Law School has announced that it will offer a Ph.D. in Law as of fall 2013. However, this new degree, which is aimed at preparing its graduates for a career in academia, is only open for those holding a J.D. from an American law school. From Yale’s press release:

To its array of innovative legal programs, Yale Law School has added yet another – a Ph.D. in Law. The first such degree program in the country, Yale’s Ph.D. in Law is designed to prepare students who have earned a J.D. degree from an American law school to enter careers in legal scholarship. It will give students a broad foundation in the canon of legal scholarship and provide them the support and specialized training they need to produce their own scholarship. The Ph.D. will stand alongside Yale Law School’s other very successful law teaching degrees – the J.S.D. and LL.M. – which are designed primarily for students who received their initial legal education outside the U.S.

It remains to be seen what the added value of this new doctoral program will be. Meanwhile, see here and here for critical commentary by academics.eview

 

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