loomstate wrote:You should aim for a 170+ on the LSAT, go HYS PhD/JD, go Law Faculty.
this is probably the best advice i think. if i didn't get accepted to the JD or PhD program the other is kind of a backup plan. do students at T6 schools with PhD/JD do well in getting law faculty jobs?
The PhD (+JD) seems to be more and more attractive to law schools. The accepted wisdom here is that for academia it's HYS and all the rest are second-best, although I don't think that's entirely true - I think the rest of the T6 have decent resources for people going into academia and that their grads can do well (and it sounds like you have enough of an academic background to know how to position yourself for this from the start). The best way to figure this out is just start browsing law school websites and looking at who has been most recently hired. There are tons of HYS (fewer S, that I've seen, but I suppose in part the classes are smaller), but also lots of CC (I, personally, haven't seen as many N, but that may be a function of the schools I've looked at).
But this is all relatively speaking because the legal academic market isn't any better than the Ph.D. academic market (except that you get paid more if you do get an academic job). Especially given the downturn in law school applications, a lot of schools have cut their hiring. And I don't see that there's much more choice in location for legal academia than non-legal academia (except perhaps that more law schools than regular colleges/universities are in major urban centers, I guess?).
As with any academic job, really, your ability to publish trumps much else - if you can place a couple of law review articles in good law reviews you'll have as good a shot as anyone. (Ideally along with HYS and elite clerkships, preferably SCOTUS, but if you produce good scholarship the rest isn't strictly necessary. However, it certainly helps get yourself looked at - no blind peer review here - and following the kind of law school path that leads to such things is likely to help you get the opportunities to research/publish/get know by big names to begin with).