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PhD in Law
A PhD in Law is designed to prepare JDs for various careers in scholarship, advanced research, and legal practice. Because students already have their JD degree, the PhD coursework will focus on dissertation research and writing. A PhD in Law typically takes about three years to complete.
Finding an online program for your desired concentration can be difficult. Many schools now offer alternatives to their traditional programs, but each school can differ greatly in selection of specializations and programs. Several schools now specialize in online programs, including:
- Capella University
- Grand Canyon University
- Northcentral University
- University of the Rockies
- Walden University
My Degree and What It’s Good For
With a PhD in Law, you can continue practicing law if you love the work, or choose to pursue a career in academia or research. PhD graduates can also find employment in such industries as state and local government, the federal executive branch, and large companies and enterprises. For some, earning a PhD in Law allows for larger leadership roles at a firm or law department.
Other popular career options include:
- Legal researcher
- Law librarian
- Law clerk
My Earning Potential
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, lawyers earned a mean annual wage of $130,490 in May 2011. With an advanced education, you have more employment choices and income. Other factors that determine include where you live and what kind of industry you work in. States with the highest employment level in this occupation are California, New York, Florida, Texas and the District of Columbia.