Kimberly wrote:I think advice to consider PhD rather than JD is actually very legitimate. If you are hell bent on actually doing REAL client-based legal work with contracts, briefs, transactions, etc then you may be less inclined to pursue PhD work. But, if you love to write, argue, pontificate, research, and create new ideas, then go get a PhD in POLICY!!!!! It would be SOOOOO FUN!!! And, they might even PAY YOU to participate in the program! And, do you realize how awesome it is to get paid to write about your ideas? Further, when you want something a little more legal-esque, you can write a grant! This is a very legit alternative if you think you can get into a top school with $ and are a little more risk averse! Finally, you get your phd and realize that, "damn, I still think I really want to be a lawyer and do REAL client-based legal work".... well, now you have a PhD and you will surely get into a top program and increase your chances of gainful employment upon graduation.... And, you have a fallback now!