Why was the LLB changed to a JD?

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laanngo

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Why was the LLB changed to a JD?

Post by laanngo » Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:05 pm

It's cool getting that leg up in work aside from the law, but why was the general-education of a lawyer a doctorate and not a baccalaureate? An actual PhD has to contribute to their field intellectually.

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Re: Why was the LLB changed to a JD?

Post by Wild Card » Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:51 pm

lawyers felt tiny and pink compared to alpha chad medical doctors, who were also frauding it up by calling themselves doctors

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Re: Why was the LLB changed to a JD?

Post by BrainsyK » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:23 pm

Wild Card wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:51 pm
lawyers felt tiny and pink compared to alpha chad medical doctors, who were also frauding it up by calling themselves doctors
180.

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Re: Why was the LLB changed to a JD?

Post by gekko » Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:33 am

The real reason is government salary scales that are often based on a tiered salary scale with years of service + bachelors, masters or doctoral degree. A friend of mine's father graduated from HLS when it was an LLM and years later was able to send his info to get an updated diploma listing the JD. Columbia did this in their school of Social Work a few years ago which used to offer a DSW and retroactively changed to a Ph.D. as professional degree perception changed over time.

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