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Joint Degrees and Jobs Outside of the Academy

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:05 pm

I'm not really sure this merits being anonymous, but I think I'm going to do it anyway :D :

I'm currently a 1L at a HYS law school, and I'm getting pretty serious about pursuing a joint degree in Sociology, with the goal of ultimately entering legal academia. At the same time, I'm somewhat concerned about what doors I'm closing as I open new ones.

I want to pursue the PhD not only for the help it would give in procuring a position in the academy; I like being a student, and I want to continue my studies. However, at what cost would I be pursuing this avenue in terms of other career opportunities? Do federal government and (especially) biglaw firms auto-reject people who pursue these joint degrees as 'having their head in the clouds'? I'm thinking in terms of, say, if I were to get my degrees and then want to work biglaw for at least a couple of years for the experience and to pay down student debt.

I guess that I'm just interested more generally in how pursuing a joint degree impacts legal employment outside of the academy. Can anyone speak to this?

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Re: Joint Degrees and Jobs Outside of the Academy

Postby heyguys » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:06 am

I would be interested to hear any input folks might have on this as well.

Also regarding legal academia: how necessary is a joint degree nowadays? I mean, I'm sure it depends on subject matter and such, but is it considered requisite at this point to have some type of joint degree?

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