Law Students

Yale Law Offers Nation’s First Ph.D. in Law
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

At least one-tenth of law professors in the nation come from Yale Law School, and banking upon that reputation and its excellence, Yale Law School is introducing a Ph.D in law. According to Yale, it is “The first such degree program in the country. It would be grooming JD students to become law professors.

Dean Robert Post noted, “In the past few decades, legal scholarship has matured as an academic discipline … Because the level of the scholarship expected of entry-level law professors has risen quite dramatically, increasing numbers of law professors now pursue Ph.D.’s in allied disciplines … Because such disciplines train students in standards and questions that are different from those of the law, the natural next step for the legal academy is to create our own Ph.D. program that can focus on the questions and practices of the law itself. Students obtaining a Ph.D. in law may, of course, engage in interdisciplinary studies, but their work will be anchored in the framework of legal scholarship.”

The Dean further asserted, “It’s becoming increasingly hard to transition directly from law practice to teaching …Yale Law School’s Ph.D. in Law will offer a new, alternative route into a career in law teaching and legal scholarship.”


According to the webpage on the Ph.D. program, the Ph.D. in law is meant to prepare J.D. graduates for careers in legal scholarship through three years of supervised study. In the first two semesters, the students will acquire the research skills they need to complete a dissertation in their field of interest, and during the second year, students will develop a dissertation prospectus and begin work on a dissertation.

The Ph.D. students would be receiving the support of the Yale Law School’s Law Teaching program and applications for admission to the course would begin from early of Fall 2012. Ph.D. in Law students at Yale would receive a full tuition waiver, health insurance coverage and a stipend to cover living expenses.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!



Legal Extern / Litigation Law Clerk


Old Towne Associates, P.C. (Alexandria, VA) Legal Extern Openings - Class of 2021 and 2022 ...

Apply now

Legal Assistant


Thomas | Horstemeyer, a boutique intellectual property law firm in Atlanta, is seeking an experience...

Apply now

Personal Injury Attorney


CAREER OPPORTUNITY   The Quinn Law Group is looking for an exceptional candidate to join ...

Apply now

Criminal Law Attorney


AV rated criminal defense law firm seeking full time attorney with at least 1-3 years of experience ...

Apply now




Search Now

Mergers and Acquisitions Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of a BCG Attorney Search top ranked law firm seeks Mergers and Acquisitions Associa...

Apply Now

Senior Wealth Management Group Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of our client seeks Senior Wealth Management Group Associate Attorney with 9 years ...

Apply Now

Bankruptcy Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of a BCG Attorney Search top ranked law firm seeks Bankruptcy Associate Attorney ...

Apply Now

Most Popular


To Top