'If you are trying to decide between the Ph.D. in Law and a Ph.D. in another discipline, keep in mind that Ph.D. programs in economics, political science, history and other fields train scholars to produce research responsive to the questions of those disciplines. The scholarship produced by law faculties, and expected of candidates for teaching positions at law schools, is largely motivated by questions that are distinctive to legal scholarship.'The program will offer the first Ph.D. in law in the United States, although such degrees are common in the rest of the world. In most countries where law Ph.D.s are offered, the traditional law degree is, unlike the J.D, an undergraduate course of study. However, the Ph.D. in law has gained ground recently in Canada, where the J.D. is the standard law degree. Yale’s announcement has gotten mixed reviews. Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago calls it “The worst idea in the history of legal education,” designed for “those who want to go into law teaching but don't want to earn a real PhD.” Eugene Volokh of UCLA reacts more reservedly, saying the innovation could be “a great opportunity to read up on the canon and produce a string of works which will greatly help candidates when they go on the teaching market,” but “time will tell.”
What do you think, Grrls?