JD/PhD Programs

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JD/PhD Programs

Postby theycallmefoes » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:39 am

Just curious to see if a few of you could help me answer these questions:

1. From browsing through the forum and looking at some law schools' websites, it seems that most of the higher ranked schools require both the LSAT and the GRE for JD/PhD programs. Correct?

2. Do most schools have you submit your apps simultaneously, or do they generally let you submit the app for the PhD program after you've started law school? I've seen both, but I was wondering which scenario is more common.

3. Does applying with only a BA put you at a disadvantage? Rather, to be competitive, is it preferred that you've completed/will complete your MA?

4. Does the PhD program have to be in the same area as your BA? For example, I'm a political science major and a philosophy minor. Would I be able to apply to any philosophy or political philosophy programs, or would I actually need a BA in philosophy?

That's all for now, I think. Thanks!


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Re: JD/PhD Programs

Postby rvadog » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:28 am

The vast majority of standalone PhD programs require post-bachelor's work. Some programs allow you to complete a masters in the desired field on the way to a PhD.

I can not imagine a program that would allow you to finish a PhD with only your BA in 3-4 years. Most PhD programs are at least 4 years after your masters.

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