Kimberly wrote: NoleinNY wrote:
Kimberly wrote:The legal academy would be 100% out for me if I go USD, right? Am I wrong about that?
Not 100%... More like 98%. It's possible, but improbable. Chimp is right, it is also improbable (admittedly, to a lesser extent) to get academia from Boalt, too.
Hmmm.... really? The Leiter rankings show that Boalt places into the academy after HYS.http://leiterrankings.com/new/2011_LawTeachers.shtml
The %'s drop drastically when you go from Yale, Harvard, Standford, and Chicago. And that study, while it tries to capture a more accurate picture of the market, goes back to 1995. Things have gotten even more competitive for these jobs. Unless you go to one of the four previously mentioned schools, legal academia is going to be an upward battle (possible exceptions to this rule might be something like a furman scholar from NYU).
If you are a doctor, that might change the picture some though. If your goal health law or some variant, I could see how that gives you a nice advantage. The downside of this though is your area of study will be pretty narrow and I imagine the teaching market will be a lot more hit or miss for you.
My advice would be to start browsing through law faculty profiles and try to find younger professors with a similar medical backgrounds. Email them for advice and regarding how the teaching market went for them. While older professors may have some insight as well, they probably have no idea how hard the current market is. Hell, professors hired in the early 2000's really don't know how hard the path to academia has become (i.e., clerkships have become insanely competitive).
If you are truly legal academia or bust, then I would advise really reconsidering law school. (Though this is said with really no handle on how the teaching market is for JD/MD's.) If you are more than just legal academia or bust, then things get harder. USD is just not going to give you much of a fighting shot at legal academia (unless the JD/MD really does change things up drastically, which no one on TLS will probably have much insight into--which is why you need to reach out to newly hired profs who were in a similar position). Berkeley, while still being an uphill battle, should give you at least a fighting chance. That said, the idea of having around 450K in student debt is absolutely sickening.
While TLS is a great resource for many things, the advice you need might just be too off the beaten path for TLS to help with. I would start emailing random JD/MD professors soliciting advice if I were you.