sanguar wrote:Arbiter213 wrote:
Seems like they really prefer the Philosophers!
I've been wondering if law school concentration matters for career prospects... if I go to UCLA and focus on Philosophy and Law, will I then be un-hire-able?
They do seem to, at least today! (Not a lot of days when one get's to say "It's a good day to be a philosopher.") Not sure about the career prospects issue exactly. The TLS write-up on UCLA had an interesting quasi-relevant passage:
"Finally, for aspiring academics, UCLA isn’t a bad choice either. The Dean is working actively to increase the number of people going into academic careers and is expecting “real returns.” The school just recently started a Law and Philosophy department, and wants to further expand with a Law and Economics department as well as a Law and Sociology department."
This seems to be implying that the Law and Philo specialization is meant to enhance academic career prospects. But it seems hard to say whether a prospective (non-academic) employer would look upon you less-favorably for having it on your degree. I suppose it depends on what you want to do, and on whether other people going into your field have other, more pertinent, specializations that you don't have because you were busy mucking around with that crazy philo stuff. Might be something to talk to the career services people about though, since they might have some insight on what employers in various fields are looking for.
Thanks for the input. I'm definitely interested in Legal Academia (dream job) but I recognize it's highly unlikely and likely unstable going forward, and I'll have loans to pay off. So I'd rather have the option of being employable. Of course, the Philosophy and Law concentration likely wouldn't hurt getting a Clerkship...