A Yale Law press release last week announced the addition of a new, innovative program – a Ph.D. in Law. The program is for students who have already pursued a J.D. and who would like to enter the field of legal scholarship. Students will spend three years focusing on law from an academic and scholarly perspective, on how to transition from the practice of law to the teaching of law, and on the art of legal writing.
According to a Wall Street Journal article, law professors with Ph.D.s are in high demand. Professors must prove their scholarly abilities with a portfolio of writing. According to Yale Law’s dean, Robert Post, the new Ph.D. program will prepare future legal educators with the necessary training to meet this demand.
The new Ph.D. program will be open to its first year of students beginning in the fall of 2013. Students will receive full tuition waivers, health insurance coverage, and stipends for living expenses.