principalagent wrote:Slippin' Jimmy wrote:This honestly is a really poor reason.
I know it would be for normal goals and that you shouldn't go to law school to chase environmental or entertainment or health law programs, but if they're writing their dissertation for a PhD in a specific area of legal philosophy, wouldn't it be to their benefit to be at a law school where they have faculty to draw from and do research under? If their goal is legal academia in legal philosophy and they have the PhD in progress (which I'm assuming is the grad program. Otherwise my point is moot), then I don't see this as being all that bad a reason to put Stanford lower down on the priority list.
Yup I'm doing my PhD now. Again, it's not that the lack of a legal philosopher is a deal breaker, but if i'm shooting for an SLS-caliber school, Harvard and Yale have the added benefit of having more robust law and philosophy programs. Plus, I want to be open to a faculty member at my JD program being part of my dissertation committee.