July 11, 2012

Yale launches Ph.D. program for law school grads

Yale Law School is starting a Ph.D. in law, calling it the first such degree program in the country, The Associated Press reports.

The program is designed to prepare students who have earned a degree from an American law school to become law professors.

The first class of Ph.D. students will begin next year with applications accepted this fall. Students will be entitled to a waiver of tuition and receive a stipend to cover living expenses.

Yale says the level of scholarship expected of entry-level law professors has risen dramatically, so law professors increasingly pursue Ph.D.'s in related disciplines such as economics, history, philosophy or political science.

Yale says the natural next step is to create a Ph.D. program that can focus on the questions and practices of the law itself.

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