sanguar wrote:Yeah, philo is awesome (or at least I think so, obviously...). My dissertation topic is on one's duty to obey the law. I'm also hoping to go to a program that is strong in philo of law and then become a law professor.
That's really cool. My boyfriend's getting his PhD in Philosophy and throws around the idea of going to law school afterwards. Out of curiosity, how did it affect your application process? Do you have any sense of how much your undergrad vs graduate gpas matter and how your PhD is viewed? Why didn't you apply to Yale? I get the sense that they basically just churn out academics and so it's the place to be if you want to be a professor. What's your sense of going into academia from a school like Yale vs. all around top schools with strong philosophy of law programs?
Edit: sorry, that whole post came off a bit strong. I guess generally I'm curious about how the process is different when you're applying out of grad school and want to become an academic instead of a lawyer.
This was a bit hard to follow.
Conventional wisdom is that YHS (particularly Yale) are the best for getting into academia. Honestly, it sounds like if you go to Yale, you are very well positioned to do whatever the hell you want, insofar as the law is concerned. Keep in mind that one needs to publish in order to become a professor. I would also point out that Yale's philosophy program is not nearly as strong as YLS, although this wouldn't matter if one was aiming to become a law school professor. If you have more questions about legal academia, you'll probably want to hit up this thread: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=137145
As far as your other questions go, education beyond undergrad doesn't seem to be given a lot of weight when it comes to LS admissions. Schools hone in on your UG GPA and largely ignore any other numbers aside from your LSAT. However, if you graduated from a particularly prestigious philosophy PhD program (e.g., NYU), I could see this being a decent to good soft that might work in your favor. (This is probably more true for schools like Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley... The latter two are supposed to be the most holistic as far as admissions is concerned, and Yale, being numero uno, seems to have its pick of the litter among those with even the best LSATs/GPAs, so softs do come into play.)